a lot of prayer…
Ok. That’s an understatement…
and God kindly reminding us about what’s important over and over again (and over) (you think we’d learn by now)
and discussing the brevity of life anyways…
and how much we truly have to offer when we feel like we don’t by American standards…
(Hope the kids like camping as the only family vacations EVER!)
He did not have a perfect start into this world, but my goodness, you have a mama and papa now little one and we will love you to pieces. The more we reflected on it, the more we realized how perfectly God lined everything up just for you to come be in our family as well, baby. Mama and papa were upset that there were delays getting your sister, and now we know why, we would never have met YOU! He also orchestrated a couple in-your-face miracles, which we kept reminding ourselves of when we were making our decision. No coincidences. No holding back love you can give.
It’s no secret about how much God treasures you, just like your papa does.
You are one in a million and we can’t wait to pour the love onto you that you deserve, we know you will blossom and grow.
You have two AMAZING siblings who will just adore you as well. In fact, you will have a built in best friend who you will share a room with named Finley. You two will share clothes, and maybe even cloth diapers, hehe. (See what I mean, why not, right?)
Oh my, how these three bring me joy.
To be very honest, Andrew and I agonized this decision. In our humanness and weakness, we didn’t think we could say yes to one more. But God’s promises are real, and his blessings are rich when sacrifices are made which is beyond clear to us this week. And the need is great.
Today we decided his name. We chose it because of it’s meaning. We chose to adopt our boy because of God, and that’s how we found the name Elijah, “My Lord is God.” Today when we told Dasha and Sveta, they told us that Elijah is the same name in Russian as his Russian name, Ilya. WHAT!? It is meant to be. We will call him Elijah and Ilya both, they are interchangeable, but in writing it will be the English spelling.
After our questions and hesitations subsided and we fully said yes to God, our hearts soared with joy for our boy. How sweet will it be for our boys to be so close in age?
We love you so very much, sweet Elijah Sawyer.
Plus, you are a pretty fantastic eater, no baby spoons for you! I bet you will like mama’s cooking when you get home, even though I suppose your daily mush isn’t too bad for now…
AAANNNDDD…you already know how to drink from a cup!