Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The First Time.......

I am not able to sleep tonight because I just received some new photos Tizita and Geremew before going to bed. As I went to bed praying for them my heart was sad that they continue to have to wait for us to bring them home. In my sadness God reminded me that He is in control and I started to think about when we actually do get to bring them home. I started to think of all of the first time experiences that our family will soon watch unfold with Geremew and Tizita. Here is a list of several things that I can't wait to see them experience for the first time in their lives:
I can't wait to see them:
....look at us for the first time and know that we are real!
....hug their new brother and sisters.
....tucked into their very own bed (they have never had a bed to call their own). tickled by their Daddy.
....take a warm bubble bath (they have never had a warm bath- probably not a bath at all).
....ride on an airplane to their new country.
....walk into their new home and see their new rooms. in our playroom. their four wonderful grandparents.
....go into our pantry for a snack of their choice (they have never been able to "snack").
....splash in the swimming pool. hide and go seek with our family. on the phone for the first time. 
....make pancakes with their siblings.
....snuggled up in our bed for Saturday morning family time.
....pray around our table at dinner. and sing at Kidstuf on Sunday mornings. all 16 cousins. us mom and dad.
....have McDonald's for the first time.
....have brand new shoes that fit perfectly.
....ride their bikes down our street. an ice cream cone. snow fall (it doesn't snow in Ethiopia)
....visit the dentist (Dr. Massari- Wilson is the best!)
....paint a picture.
....have their first ever birthday party. in the sand at the beach. a brand new outfit that belongs only to them.
....swing on a swing at the park.
....decorate our Christmas tree.
....laugh at one of Jacob's jokes.
....cook in the kitchen with Kaylee. in our basement with Lindsay.
....sing at the top of their lungs with Megan.
....fall in love with Jesus!

The list could go on and on but the very last one that I thought of was that I can't wait until they both mess up and they realize that their mom and dad still love them! I can't wait to see them know that they are loved unconditionally with a love that will last forever- To see them know that we will always be their mom and dad-

So many of these things that I listed are taken for granted by me. I can have a snack anytime, my shoes all fit, I know that I am loved, and I have a family- So many children in this world have none of these- As I go back to bed tonight I will pray that more families will say yes to God's call to love those who are fatherless and allow many more children to experience all of these "first's".

Tizita and Geremew,
Your mom loves you and her heart aches that she can't bring you home. I know that God is in complete control and although I don't understand why He is allowing this long time of waiting- I completely trust Him.  I just can not wait for you to be an everyday part of our family and I look forward to so many first things with you both! You are loved more than you could ever begin to imagine and prayed for more than any two children I know- As you wake up this morning I pray that you will feel loved! Longing for the day that I can hold you both, Mom


  1. Beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. Thank you for speaking sweet words to my heart today. We ar praying for you and your new additions to your family. God is in control and I am so grateful.
    Love you,

  2. Oh how I love them, too and pray for them more and more everyday. I feel like they are already part of our family, yet so far away. We were just discussing yesterday what to get them for Christmas. Another first! I love you and you don't fight or pray alone.

  3. I can't wait to meet them, hug them for the first time, share all of their first cousins camp experiences with them and as you said the list goes on. I continue to pray for you all and the twins daily and just can't wait for them to come home and meet their amazing parents and siblings:)
    Love you all,

  4. Hi Uncle David,
    It's Piper.
    I can't wait to meet the new cousins and I thought you might want to hear these lyrics from my show.They might be talking about dogs, but nonetheless: A partner that's always there for, the good times and the bad, it's you that always care for the best friend I've ever had. For nothing compares to or ever prepares you for love unconditionally. And everyone in the world know that you are my best friend. Jesus is our best friend, he loves us, and nothing can prepare us for him. He's always there for us at all times. Again, I can't wait to meet the new cousins!