Yesterday, after stuffing myself silly at Alex's class Thanksgiving feast, she turned to me in the car and said, "Well, tomorrow is going to be the worst day ever."
Surprised, I asked why. She responded, "Tomorrow is the day TJ died last year."
She remembered that on the eve of Thanksgiving, her little brother whom she dreamed about and prayed for died.
One year later, I remember that she was with me, just she and I, when I received the news that he suddenly passed away in the middle of the night. We were in my classroom on my day off preparing for the substitute who was to take the reins for me while Steve and I were in Ethiopia officially making TJ ours, just days away from getting on that plane and holding him in our arms. She is the one that heard and saw my sobs on the phone as I received the news; my then 8 year old girl. I understand that this is a day that she will remember for a long time to come.
The Holy Spirit was with me in the car yesterday as I began to tell her this:
Tomorrow we will celebrate a great God who is taking care of our boy. Even though we will be sad because he isn't here with us, we will give Him our thanks for all that He's doing for TJ until we get there ourselves to see and rejoice with him. We'll be thankful that our hearts formed a very special place for him. And we're gonna celebrate that He brought home Jesse, our amazing Jesse. Our family grew with two boys since a year ago, not just one.
Today, I ask that you lift up in prayer the orphans of the world. There are an estimated five million orphans in Ethiopia. We have had the opportunity to love, with all of our hearts, two sweet boys who were once called orphans. One is dancing with Jesus and the other is trying to snatch his sister's chocolate muffin with a huge grin on his face. Pray for their safety, health, education, and overall well being, but most of all, pray that they have the opportunity to be a part of a family, to be adopted.
Thanks so much and thank you to our Lord for all that He does. Much love to you as you head into this delicious holiday and give thanks for all that you have. We are so blessed.
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