Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Two Years: A True Princess

Today marks two years since we welcomed our sweet Zahra Reign home.  Two years since our family was all together on US Soil.  Two years of having our "Fab Five" together forever.

Those two years haven't always been easy.  Those two years have been hard.  Those two years have been filled with the deepest grief and biggest joys.  Those two years have brought more love, more grace, more hope, and more growth in the life of our precious daughter and in the lives of her family.  We've seen the depths of grieving that goes along with adoption and we've the seen beautiful redemption that only our King Jesus could provide.  

I include this one because it speaks volumes of our gratitude to my amazing mother in law who held our US family together while we spent a month in Ethiopia.  Her sacrifice, love and care for our four other kids while we waited in Ethiopia for Zahra to be cleared to come home was invaluable.  Not only that she stayed another week helping us in that exhausted/adjustment twilight zone period.

Friends.  Reunited.

Mama's and their girls!  Only God I tell you.

The first pic of our Fab Five!

The incredible group that welcomed us home!

My hero.  Partner.  Justice Fighter.

Sweet Zahra, it has been an amazing blessing to watch you grow and blossom from a scared, unsure, quiet little gal to a spicy, outgoing, warrior princess.  You've battled well as you work to understand adoption, mercy, grace, and Gods perfect plan for your life.  Its an honor to be entrusted with helping to heal your heart, watching you discover who Jesus is to you and embrace His perfect love for us.  My prayer for you is that you would continue to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior as you seek Him and know Him more.  We love you little princess.

Yep.  Its picture overload..........but we're celebrating THIS GIRL today!

Here's Z's adoption video.  She can't watch it without tears in her eyes.  She says its joy crying.


Rachel said...

Awww... my fella loves watching his adoption video too - 6+ times a day. It is precious.

Danielle said...

I can't believe it's been two years!!!!!
God is good, and your fab five are blessed to have such great parents to point them to their creator!

Love you!

Rachel said...

Oh my gosh, 2 years. Have they really been home that long?? it has flown! She and Abby look so young!! WE look so young!! LOL We've had a picture sitting on out coffee table for a couple of weeks, that the kids pulled out...I'm gonna post it on instagram.....