I don’t have long to post but for several days I have been thinking about today. Yes it’s the 4th of July but it also marks Cohen being HOME in our family for 4 months. For me this milestone is significant because he has now been with us longer than he was anywhere else. He was in our agencies transition home just under 4 months and that was the longest other place he had been.
The significance of this milestone is so big. Cohen has grown by leaps and bounds in the last four months…..he wasn’t rolling over, sitting up, crawling or doing many of the things you might expect. Within days of being home he began to roll over and not he is pulling up on everything…crawling like crazy…and will be walking before we know it. His face lights up when Mike and I walk in the room and he really seems to know who his family is now. He is eating anything we offer him and loves his meals. He allows us to rock him for naps and bedtime and will look in our eyes. His sweet kisses (okay, it’s more like licks) melt me as his little hands grip my cheeks. He follows us from room to room pulling up on our pants wanting to be loved and cuddled. His curiosity for his surroundings and his determination to explore challenge me. His love for life is inspiring….his happy nature, sweet disposition, squishy nose smile ….all radiate the joy that flows from his soul. I am SO BLESSED to be gifted this sweet boy…to watch him grow and learn. God has taught us so much through him and I am grateful that we were open to this amazing plan he had for our life.
Lots of people have different thoughts on adoption, taking kids out of their birth culture, but after our experience no one can convince me that it is better for kids to stay in orphanages rather than being given the blessing of a family. Our agencies home is fantastic but it doesn’t replace having a mommy or a daddy to lavish love on a child. Cohen has thrived since he has been home….and for that I am so grateful. Adoption is a beautiful portrait of God’s redemption…pure and simple. He takes things that are tragic and traumatic and redeems them to be full of his beauty and glory! Psalm 68:5-6 says ….A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families….. Scripture attests to God’s desire for us to live in families, to dwell in community with others. I am often humbled and amazed to watch this story unfold and love that he has given me a front row seat to watch him work.
My prayer is that Cohen will always know the call that God has for his life and he will embrace it whole heartedly and not run from it. I pray that he will be bold and courageous in his faith and feel the love that his family has for him always.