What a blessings and treasure it is to celebrate our precious boy's 9th birthday with Him TODAY.
Just a year ago, we were waiting and praying for a quick adoption process so we could have in our arms, and now we do! Praise God for His infinite blessings and perfect timing.
While I will always carry a sadness in my heart over the 8 years of his life that we missed, I know that God's timing and plan are perfect, and in His great wisdom, He had an exact time planned for our union for a reason I will never know on this earth. And it is OK, because all this makes him God and He is AWESOME in all His ways. Praise God that He is in control and not me because we can only imagine how my crazy plan, developed in my finite mind, would have turned out. :)
This was a special weekend and birthday for Anthony on many fronts. As he said to us, "I have never had a birthday like this, and I have never got presents before on my birthday." Sweet boy . . . He is beside himself with excitement!
Imagine spending your childhood without a birthday celebration.
Imagine only having one toy at a time.
In our land plenty, this is difficult to picture but it is the life my boy led before joining us, his forever family.
Naturally, it is overwhelming, and a learning process, understanding the difference between need, wants and desires, and necessity. While we want to provide our children with blessings and joy, we also want to teach them that God's desire is for us to be content in whatever circumstance we are in, ultimately not becoming consumed with things because we will never find happiness with things. Rather, true joy comes only from our Father above and delighting in Him. To quote our pastor from his Sunday sermon, "we spend all our time and resources on making ourselves comfortable in this life, but this isn't our home." Our home is in heaven! We are only temporarily here. What a difficult concept to teach our children in a world filled greed, instant gratification and dissatisfaction.
"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." (Phil. 4:11-13, NIV)
Ok, I'll move on from deep thoughts with Suzanne to the fun of a boy celebrating his 9th birthday. :)