Let me see if I can put a few different topics into one blog post while still trying to keep your attention. Let's just say that life has been quite "busy" since the last time I posted and wow has it been for the good! As you know we are adopting a baby girl from Ethiopia and we found out this past Friday that the first week of June we will be heading there to meet her for the first time! God IS amazing. It truly made KC's Mother's Day a memorable one this year. Last year was her first and this year is just as special. It always amazes me, even though it shouldn't, that God's plan is just as it should be and at the perfect time. It is a hard thing for me to accept and to admit sometimes, but I know it is the truth. With the news of our travel date coming upon us, very quickly, it has sparked a wild fire at my house. KC has falling back into a "nesting" stage (the nursery has been rearranged about five times since Friday), my thoughts are running about 100mph and yet there is so much beauty and good going on in our lives right now. I truly am blessed.

With all of that being said, I wanted to actually blog this time about a book. A group of great guys that are in the same small group as me get together once a month for what we call "Man Breakfast." It's a pretty serious deal. (Please know I am kidding when I say that.) We do however, take turns picking out a book for us all to read the next month. Then when we get together a month later we discuss it and get the title of the next one. It is an effort that we started in January. We want to read 12 books in a year together, and we are doing pretty well thus far.

Well this month was my month, so naturally none of them were surprised when they found out that my book was going to be on......... Adoption.

I chose "Adopted for Life" by Russell D. Moore. For those of you who are or have adopted if you haven't read this book you really should, for everyone else who wants to get a better understanding of how adoption affects our lifestyles as christians, you should read it too. So in a nut shell, everyone should read this book.

One who might just take a glance at the title of this book may be easily turned off, naturally assuming that it only has relevance to families who are actually considering adopting a child. But Russell Moore’s passion goes beyond asking young families, like us, to adopt orphaned children. He writes in one part, “In this book I want to call us all to consider how encouraging adoption—whether we adopt or whether we help others adopt—can help us peer into the ancient mystery of our faith in Christ and can help us restore the fracturing unity and the atrophied mission of our congregation.” He then explains, “The gospel of Jesus Christ means our families and churches ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans close to home and around the world.” In fact, “as we become more adoption-friendly, we’ll be better able to understand the gospel.” I read that and think - yeah, I guess you could say that, but only to try to stay cool. Inside I am think "AWESOME!" everyone should be told just those few lines and then they would totally be encouraged and focused on adoption and serving our amazing God. I then have to stop and realize that it is a passion for me, and it doesn't necessarily apply to everyone.

I do hope that you get an opportunity to pick up a copy of this book and at least flip through it. I think if you started reading it, you would see the process and the term "adoption" brought to a new light.

As far as our adoption goes, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. If everything goes smoothly at our preliminary hearing on May 26th, we will be leaving about 48 hours later heading to Africa.

Until next time -

JW

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