My life as a follower of Christ, a wife and the mother of many

Friday, July 16, 2010

My 4 "Littles"

These 4 little boys keep us so busy!  We are so blessed by God and we are so thankful to have them.  I always joke that they are in cahoots!  My house is definitely not as clean anymore and I am finding things broken on a more regular basis.  We've purposely kept Silas in our room because I'm nervous about moving him in with the other boys. 

There was a time many years ago when my heart ached for another little boy.  Don't get me wrong, I love my girls!  But after having one boy and three girls I was really looking forward to the day when I would have another boy.   There were many years when I wondered if we would ever have another boy.  We had some heartbreaking experiences;  we had 2 miscarriages and our son, Samuel Isaac was stillborn five days past his due date. 

Then,  a little over 3 years ago we started the adoption process to adopt a little boy.  We chose the country of Guatemala, which sadly is no longer open to adoptive families.  We chose the adoption agency, All God's Children International and we submitted our dossier and began the long wait.  Shortly after we began that adoption we found out we were expecting again!  Ezekiel Zechariah Mountain was born in March of 2007 and in July we received our referral for Gideon Levi, whose birthday is July 31.  So, they are 4 months apart.  The wait for Gideon to come home took much longer than we anticipated and while we waited, God blessed us again.  Silas Freedom was born on June 10, 2008.  The day he was born we received the e-mail from the United States Embassy telling us that Gideon was ours and he could be brought home the next week.  So, Erick left and when Silas was 10 days old, Gideon came home.

So, we had a 17mo. old, a 10mo. old and a newborn!  Needless to say, our lives were very busy.  None of the boys were mobile yet and Gideon had been in an orphanage up until this time.  That first summer was very hard and made even harder by my mom passing away a short time later.  There were many times I wondered about the timing of everything.  But I kept my mind focused on the fact that God is in control and everything happens in His timing.

8 months ago we were blessed with yet another little boy, Gabriel Michael.  When Gabriel was born we had 4 boys ages two and under.  Talk about blessed!  It's not always easy having these little ones so close together.  4 in diapers was not easy! We try to look past the dailiness of it all and focus on the positives and what joy these children bring to our lives.  So, God has definitely answered my prayers for another little boy even more than I could have imagined.  It can get very noisy and chaotic at our house, but we have so much so be thankful for.

My four precious "littles"

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