Those who plant in tears will harvest SHOUTS OF JOY. They weep as they plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the HARVEST.

Psalm 126:5-6

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Ray Ray

Well Sunday was number 3's 8th birthday. We started the day out going to church. When we got home we had a big meal planned but the electricity was out so we couldn't use the oven. She was a real trouper about this and didn't even complain. About 5 minutes later the electric was back on and we could get started with the meal. God took care of that for us. As always he was there to see us through even with the little things. After the meal we opened up gifts and had cake and then watched a movies that she had picked. Alvin and the chipmunks, that is the one and only time I will be watching that one.

I have had some time to think about what this child means to me and how precious the last eight years have been with her. I think about how her Dad and I were so settled and determined that two children were enough and we would be able to give them everything they needed and wanted. Just as we had decided to make the appointment for my husband to go in and have surgery to make this decision final we had a little curve ball thrown our way. That was the best thing that could have ever happened to our family. Nine months later we were blessed with our 3rd little girl and who would have known that this would be the beginning of a new life for us. This was when our faith really began to grow and when we began to see our children as such a blessing. I think about how God knew what he was doing even though at the time we couldn't see it he was slowly changing our hearts and desires. Now as I sit here and write this I am expecting baby #7 and am so elated that God has trusted us with so many of his blessings. Our 3rd child was more than we could ever expect. She was the child that God gave us at time when we really needed her, but we thought she needed us.

My little Ray Ray you have been such a blessing to our family. You always have a smile on your face that is grinning from ear to ear. I sometimes think it is the face of God smiling at me saying ," See I am right here with all of you." Happy Birthday little girl. And thank you God for letting us have her in our lives, she is truly a blessing!!!!


Mayhem And Miracles said...

What a beautiful letter! O.K. So we are swapping tears. Thank you so much for visiting my blog the other day and for the sweet sweet comments you left. I read a few of your posts and I will be returning here I'm sure. What a beautiful love story your family is!

Sniz said...

My middle daughter turned 11 on Sunday! April 20th is a good day. I am composing a post about it, but am not done with it yet. :-)
TTYS - Sniz

Nana C said...

Well daughter, this post sure brought the tear in my eyes. So very beautiful a daughter she is, and yes God has given you and hubby a life only he could plan. Love Nana C

Toni said...

Oh, this is such a beautiful testimony. I really love it when God gently nudges us out of the way sometimes, to work out His best in our lives.

We too thought we were done after #3. We had hoped to adopt one more, but then Carl's job was eliminated and an out of state move forced us to let our foster license and homestudy expire. That was back in 2004. HA!!! Fast forward to Christmas 2006 when we got a call from our former agency out of the clear blue. Yep, #4 was waiting for us in the hospital.

I would LOVE to have 7. Always thought (as a young girl) I would have 6 for sure. But then it seemed I might never even have 1 due to infertility. And now, to have not 1 but 4? Wow, like you I am blessed a thousand times over by God's very best for me. Thanks for sharing this wonderful birthday message with us.

Heather said...

What an awesome testimony for allowing God to rule our lives. I can't imagine your family with only 2 girls! You and M. are such great parents and it shows in the loving hearts of these precious girls you are raising. I can't wait for #7:)

See you Saturday:)

Love ya!