Every year on February 28th we celebrate what we call “Gotcha Day”. It is the day that Ben, Elisa, and later Jacob walked into our lives. They were so tiny then, at eighteen months, almost three and almost 5. The intent was to foster and at the time we never dared to dream that adoption was even a possibility. Actually, we were basically told that would NOT be happening. I mean the ultimate goal was for the children to be reunited with their mom. But God is the giver of dreams and although it was not a possibilty…things have a way of turning around when God is involved.
You can read our story here…
Twelve years later…here we are…a family! I could not for a second imagine what life would be like without them. They have completed us as a family. They have added so much fun, variety and not to mention a little extra stress to our lives. There have been a lot of great and wonderful times. Amazing memories forever engraved in our hearts. We have had a lot of really cool vacations and done a lot of fun things together as a family without spending loads of money, thanks to my husband Dale, the ultimate deal finder! Trips to the beach, staying in a lighthouse,camping…..
There have been dark times too.. Times where we were at a loss as to what to do especially those times we thought things could not possibly get worse…and then they did! But I would not trade any of it for a life without knowing them and loving them. For even through those challenging times; God was there holding up our arms and giving us the strength to go on. He has always been faithful.
Who would have ever thought all those years ago that we would be in Honduras now? Talk about the ultimate adventure God has our family on together. I can honestly say that the kids are adjusting well. They have all struggled with the culture change in one way or another….but they are all doing fantastic. I am so incredibly proud of each of them.
Elisa: now 13; loves being a missionary. She loves being with the kids in the schools we minister in and loves it when she has a day off of school so she can come and help us and just love on the kids. She has a true servants heart; especially when we have a team here. She is sweet, compassionate and caring. She is loud and she talks…. a lot. She loves to cook and bake and help in the kitchen. She loves to shop, and she misses her best friend terribly. I am so proud of the young lady she is growing up to be.
Benjamin is now 14.
Ben is adjusting well, although he really misses being very active in sports like biking, snow boarding and skateboarding. He does not get a lot of opportunity for that here.
This guy is fun to be around. He is sensitive and caring and is always worried about how others are feeling. He hates to inconvenience anyone. And if you ask him where he would like to go for dinner, you will not likely get an honest answer for fear of hurting your feelings because it isn’t where you want to go or not wanting to spend the money.
He loves gaming. He loves his fruits and veggies! Ben also loves going up to the schools. He loves playing with the kids up there and they love him! He is not afraid to get dirty or be tackled by a hundred rough housing boys.
Ben is amazing! He does not like having his photo taken.
Jacob is now 16.
Although Jake is not comfortable going up to the schools, he does enjoy doing media things for us….like videos and that sort of thing. He truly is gifted. He also makes his own music, and although it is not my style, I have to say he has a ton of talent. It will be interesting to see where it takes him in the future. He is such a good kid. He is very funny! He is strong and true to his convictions. He knows what he believes and is not afaid of challening people if he thinks they are wrong about a certain issue. I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of him. He has come a long, long way and overcome much. And can this guy ever pray! He has a tender heart.
“For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
So, on on this gotcha day I am feeling very thankful. God has truly blessed me with a wonderful family. Three precious gifts from God. ….
and Gotcha day would not be complete without a cake to celebrate. I almost did not make one this year, but Elisa insisted, I had to as it was tradition.