Thursday, January 26, 2012

It's been a year...





A year ago today we became a family of 7...it was clearly God's plan. He had orchestrated this crazy family before time began, and we just got to watch Him work it all out for His glory. I am still struggling to remember what life was like before Zeke and Elly became ours. It is a faint memory.

God has shown Himself to us as Provider, Healer, Savior, Shelter, Strong Tower, Faithful, and True so many times over the past year. We have seen Him take 2 little children who were left to their own devices and overlooked and neglected and turned them into snuggling, squealing, playing children in a forever family. We are amazed at God's goodness and His ways.

Zeke and Elly are truly amazing. They have taught us so much about ourselves and our relationship with the Heavenly Father. We have relied on Him relentlessly and pursued Him with every ounce of energy we have. He has sustained us.

Now, don't get me wrong. Our lives are far from glamorous. Just the other day I was scheduled to speak to a group of women and I had daydreams of what I would do beforehand....sit in a big leather chair reading my Bible, praying and sipping hot tea. Instead I had one child who got sick at 2 in the morning and had to sleep with me (JT went to the couch because a queen size bed couldn't hold that child and us...). The child was still sick the next morning and needed some added attention. I tried to read my Bible as 3 other littles climbed into my lap wanting to snuggle. Then, I called out spelling words to another child. It was not exactly the morning I had hoped for...but it is not about MY hopes and dreams. It is about the Lord's will and submitting to that. I am finding joy in following His plan and not mine.

Happy Gotcha Day Ezekiel Duke Turner and Ellyson Faith Turner. You are stuck with us and we are thankful.

1 comment:

Sandy said...

I cannot believe it has been a year! Happy Gotcha Day!!