The path that has led us where we are starts way back before Luke and I were even married. It was a small thing, but in little ways God had placed a love for Africa in our hearts that at the time we had no idea where it would actually lead us. When we got married we talked about this love for Africa with each other and hoped that someday we might actually get to visit.....little did we know. :)
So....life happens, we're married about 3 years and through a variety of circumstances we end up listening to some missionaries our church supports while we are in Utah on a Youth Group Missions Trip. We knew the missionaries and had heard them before at our church, so it wasn't necessarily new to us. They are from Congo, Africa and have been serving faithfully there for years. After the service Luke and I were talking and I said to Luke, "So, what did you think?" Luke replied, "We need to go (meaning we needed to go to Africa, somehow, someway and help). What did you think?" "We need to go," I replied. And that did it. We both knew God had called us to go to Africa and work with the missionaries and so we set the ball in motion to do just that. The following fall we made our trip to Congo and spent a few weeks there serving. It was a life changing experience, one that neither one of us will ever forget. And we still say to this day that we can't wait to go back, we just don't know when. While we were there we got to work with some boys who were from a boys' home that the missionaries run. The home is for boys of all ages who are homeless/orphans and found on the street. Their stories broke our hearts. One young boy was put out on the street at just 5 years old because his family thought he was cursed. Can you imagine?! 5 years old? Let that sink in for a minute. Think of a boy you know who is 5 years old and then imagine him living by himself, surviving on the streets of a third world country. Our hearts ached as we thought about the tragedy of it all. Innocent children, without the love of a mother or father, left alone in this world to fend for themselves. If you are a parent, imagine your own child left on the streets without anything or anyone, basically left to die. They've done nothing wrong, but they are thrown out to survive in this ugly world all by themselves. Even now, just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. It is unfathomable to me that children around the world are suffering in such horrific ways. But when we were in Congo, we came face to face with the reality of it all...there was no denying it. Children around the world are hurting and they need someone to fend for them, love them, support them, protect them.
We came home from Africa changed inside. God had rearranged our hearts in a way that they could never go back to the way they used to be. We knew it all meant something, we just didn't know specifically what yet. So, the next part of our journey on the path to adoption began. We decided we wanted to start a family of our own when we got home and so we started down that road, expecting to be like most every other couple we knew....reading a positive sign on a "pee-stick" in a few weeks with hopes and dreams of a child we would hold in our arms in 9 months. Well, as usual, God had different plans. :)
I'll tell you more about those plans next time.....I'm going to pause there for now. Stay tuned for more on why we've decided on adoption.
Oh...and on a completely different side note....we made it home from our little mini-vaca! I was afraid we were going to get snowed in! It was crazy! It was so much fun though....we got to snowboard quite a bit and my body is paying the price! There was so much snow and it was just awesome taking in God's breathtaking creation. Grahm had fun with his grandmas and aunties. However, the day we got home (yesterday) he broke out in chicken pox! Figures, right?! That's a fun thing to come home to! ;) So the poor little guy is feeling a bit down and just riding out the "fun."
Here are some pics of our trip this weekend.....
Our vaca crew
Just hanging out with an elk in the background...normal stuff, right? ;)
Yeah, Luke was in Heaven.
Outside our cute little cabins...such a quaint little place to stay!
Happy Monday...almost Tuesday everyone! Make it a good week!