Monday came with a wild and crazy to-do list. But first things first. There are Favorite Things to talk about.
It is, as my husband calls it “unorthodox crazy” season in the Ortiz home. We may have a normal crazy but there is a rhythm to it. The last…however long this has been, has been outside our normal rhythm. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We got one more week to go. We got this! Then it’s date night. Thank the good Lord, date night is coming!
I don’t think there was a single normal day all week last week. The weekend was full! Complete with a soccer tournament for our Bruisers and a freakish and dumb late April cold front. We are already back to warm and normal, looking at summer knowing it’s gonna be a hot one. I don’t even care. That cold was LAME!
This week has me in the final bit of message prep for Sunday and the home stretch of unorthodox crazy. We are Team Ortiz. We got this!
Last week brought adoption celebrations and the end of a long, hard and scary road. It was an incredible joy to stand behind the Kopetic’s as Emerie officially joined their family.
I know that not every prayer for an adoption is answered the way we want. I know that it is an incredibly difficult and hard fought road. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to have a child in your home, to love and fight for them and then have them leave. Those of you in foster care are the real MVP. You put your feelings aside and love big because that child needs it. Whether it is for a day, six weeks or 2 years… you decide that them being safe and loved in your home is greater than what it costs you to love them.
I can tell you that if the Kopetic’s hadn’t had the opportunity to adopt Emerie, we would have grieved hard with them. The two years of praying for this little girl and her family wouldn’t have been wasted and we would continue to pray for this little girl and trust her life in the hands of the God who formed her and created her and calls her.
We are overwhelmed and grateful for the outcome. We got to celebrate her life and her official new family.
There was no wasting time. She was legally adopted on Wednesday and her family had her dedicated on Sunday. That goes down as one of my favorite moments. Ray had me pray and while that was surprising, I was so glad I got to. As I was praying for this family, the little miracle we had been praying for reached over and laid her little hand on mine mid-prayer.
And I lost it. That was so special.
There are a lot of things I don’t have an answer for. There is a lot of pain that I can’t explain. Then sometimes, we get a giant reminder of how God builds a family. I don’t just mean for this family, but how this has affected our whole church family. Because “it is amazing what God can do with a family if we let Him”. He showed off this week and we are forever marked by it.