Sunday, December 13, 2009

Brothers and Sisters

These are Malachi's siblings, Gwen(2), Raven(3) and Josh(5). Today was the first time we had all 4 of them together and it was amazing. I just sat there in awe. The journey these 4 children have been on is nothing short of Amazing. Lets start with Josh (the oldest) He was found in Chicago in a dumpster, left to die. Next is Raven, she was born 3 months early weighing only 1lb 7oz., the fact that she is here today is a amazing. They were told she would never hear, talk or walk. Today she is thriving and defying the odds. The only outstanding complications she has is SEVERE asthma. Then there is little Gwen, born EXACTLY 10 months after Raven weighing 4lbs 10oz. (the biggest of them all). She too spent many weeks in the NICU due to drug exposure and under developed lungs. Then there is Malachi who is exactly 1 year younger than Gwen. We all know Malachi's story. There is one thing we know for sure, these kids are fighters and although they got a rough start in the world, we can proudly say today they are all doing amazing. Malachi and the 2 girls have the same dad but we think Josh has a different day. They are all soooo cute and well behaved.

We are so thankful we got to spend our sunday with them and their parents. On the way home I was thinking about this journey we have been on, all the people we have met and I was brought to tears. What would life be like if Josh and I would have said no to God's call to be Malachi's parents? We listened, although we knew it wouldn't be easy, and have been blessed with a new family. We talked today about family traditions we wanted to start with the kids, we talked about what we wanted their relationships with each other to look like and we talked about our new family. I can't wait to see them all again, to hug them and kiss their sweet little cheeks.

As we find our selfs celebrating Christmas with our loved ones please remember to say a prayer for Malachi's birth mom, she has made some HORRIBLE decisions in her life, but if it were not for her, we would not have Malachi or our new family. Pray that she is safe, warm and healthy. Pray that she knows God and understand that He has forgiven her and that one day we can all celebrate, together, as family in Heaven.


Kristin said...

Wow - how cool. What a bunch of cuties! Max has 3 brothers in Texas. I hope we get to meet them someday. I told his birthmom to give their adoptive parents my blog address when she's ready. We'll see. Prayers for all birthmoms!

Lacey said...

How great that you all know each other and can keep in touch. That is so great.

Emily said...

You are such an amazing person! How wonderful that all the siblings were able to get together. What a great thing to keep up!