Thursday, December 16, 2010

God's Smiling Face



Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
~William Cowper

I know I've already shared this picture I took in Nepal. Before it was just a shot of an impressively blue sky and radiant sun. But after what has transpired in our lives the past week, it's an expression of our God's mysterious plans to bring tangible hope to a dark situation. (If you're not sure what exactly I mean by a dark situation, you can read here.) We thought that on December 11 we would be welcoming our biological baby in our family; instead on December 9 we were given the opportunity to welcome two little guys into our family.

Our Afri-kids.

Our sons.

Since they are not legally ours yet, I can't post full pictures or give much information about them. But seeing just a little bit is better than not seeing anything at all, right?

This is our Little Guy. And I do mean little. At his last weigh-in, he was a whopping 6 pounds. Most American babies NEVER weigh that much in their life! Because he's so small, his eyes look especially big. And he's definitely sporting some interesting hair.



This is our chubby guy. We absolutely cannot wait until we get to pinch those ginormously cute cheeks. Kevin is also looking forward to getting him out of the pink cat outfit. Camouflage, trains & dump trucks, super heros, ambiguous alligator-dinosaurs driving race cars...anything but pink cats!




So now we are waiting on our paperwork to be processed through the Ethiopian court system to assign us a court date. Most likely we will fly to Africa in March/April 2011 to meet our boys for the first time and appear in court to legally become their parents. Then we will return home to China, wait 6-8 weeks for more paperwork to be processed until we can again go to them and bring them home to us for good.

We love the fact that though these boys look so incredibly different from us, we can still love them so deeply and consider them as ours. We look forward to our new bedtime routine of pulling up every picture we've received of them and studying each tiny feature. We love how much we're learning about Jesus and his pursuit and adoption of us as his children. Like he told us in John 14:18, Jesus will not leave is as orphans; He will come to us.

We will not leave you as orphans, little babies. We will come to you!

17 comments:

Jamie Butts said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! We're soooo happy to read this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are adorable... I can tell!

MichelleWebb said...

Yahoo! So excited for you guys! How good is our Lord? Can't wait for y'all to have them in your arms and be their mommy and daddy cuz you're going to be the best and funnest parents ever! Love you Beck!

Chris & Sarah Peek said...

So, so glad to be the happy new Uncle and Auntie to your wee guys! Jonathan's looking forward to having some more men cousins around too.

Jamie Butts said...

I should know this I guess - but how old are they right now? I love boys! I love adoption! I love answered prayer! I love you! I'm rejoicing here with ya across the big pond between us. :)

The Foster Family said...

YAY! YAY! YAY!! Fosters are so excited for you!

Kristie said...

BECKY! I'm thrilled for you guys! So thankful that God has chosen you and Kevin to be parents to these sweet little boys. I'm looking forward to hearing more as the process moves forward!

Leah said...

sweet sweet!!

Gretchen said...

YAYYYYYY!!!! I can tell what cuties they are!!! Praise the Lord for his goodness!!!!

Christy said...

Yay! I love that the adoption process is moving along, and I love God's awesome timing! So excited for you guys! :D

Brad and Carrie said...

So, you accepted the referral!!!! AHHHH, Yay, yay, yay!!! I was thinking about you guys this morning and rushed home to email you and saw your blog! Beck, I'm beyond excited. What blessings. Ok, so now for the court date. Praying for a fast one.

johnepower said...

Absolutely fantastic and wonderful. I pray that everything goes as smoothly as it should, and that those little guys are in your arms in just a few months. Blessings on you all!

Angela said...

Tears, BIG ONES! Oh what JOY I have in my heart for your family! I can't wait to see y'all together as one happy family, minus the pink cat outfit:)
LOVE YOU LOVE YOU LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emily said...

Becky!!!! I'm sooo excited for you guys!! Please please please keep us posted!! And, by the looks of those tiny glimpses those two boys are perfect!

Meg King said...

Yeah!!!!!!!!!! We are soooo excited for yall! Praise God!!

-all the Kings

Beth Anne said...

Becky and Kevin, I could not be more excited. Thank you for sharing at least part of their faces. I love to see who we are praying for. What grace to have these babies! When we ask for bread, he does not give us a stone.

Shayna said...

HOORAY! I'm so excited for you guys! Praying as you count down the days to meet them and bring them home!

Tara said...

I found your blog post by chance at incourage.me today. I'm a friend of Robyn's from San Antonio, and recognized her brother's last name when I saw your blog name - small world. Congratulations on your precious sons - looking forward to reading more about your adoption journey!