But because of the pain of grafting, look what comes out of it!
This is how I picture a family blessed by earthly adoption. It's like a diversely colorful, grafted tree. The genes may be different, but together all the branches grow, flourish, and represent one whole tree brought together through purposeful design.
"...The adopted child is like the branch of one tree that is removed and grafted into a different tree and becomes one with the new tree. The new tree nurtures the branch and allows it to grow and become fruitful..."
One year ago this week, I posted this blog post about how we were doing being newly home and trees have always been in my mind as we got home and we walk this journey: http://adamandamberstutzman.blogspot.com/2012/08/as-we-continue-this-new-journey-with.html
As I read it the post above, I can feel it. I can feel the emotions that I had back there. I can feel how it was to be just home, scared and starting down this road.
The pruning that God has done this year is amazing, the working on bringing out the yucky in us and snipping it off is also painful, but needed.
We are being refined into what He wants us to be, what
He wants us to become. This also describes this year and as we continue this journey, we being refined.
So, Hard, YES indeed, but good all the same. We are here not by chance and not by some random doing, we are here because a loving Father wanted to stretch and grow us into who He wants us to be and the family He wants us to become, as we give a new life to kids who needed a family.
Please continue to pray for our family and our bonding to Haile and Beti -we SO feel it when others are praying!
I want to thank each and every person that have helped to carry us this year, have prayed for us, have been there right beside us to help us see HIM and continue to walk toward Him each step of the way. There are days when the mountain looks too steep to climb, and those are the days that people have either pulled, or at times, carried us a few steps, until we get our footing. For the blessings of watching our kids so that Adam and I can spend a couple hours together, to having our family over for dinner, to the hand-me-down clothes, to the listening to me when I need to just talk, all of these are such blessings-we can't express our thanks enough!
It may take several years to get there, but I believe we will through His Grace alone!!
In closing, I wanted to share this song-it has been the song that has carried me this year as He has NEVER left us!
Love you friends!