Shine Like Stars

Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of life (Phil. 2:15)
We're not trying to be rock stars but just shed some light on a sad and lonely world. Stay tuned for how God works through weak and tired, sometimes really cranky vessels.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

2 Year Referralversary

Two years ago yesterday we got the call that we'd been waiting and waiting for. (Click here to read about the day we got "the call"). Then we saw the pictures of our beautiful girl that took our breath away.  She stole my heart with her eyes and those lips, oh how I love those lips.  It makes me tear up a bit as I remember staring at this picture for ridiculous amounts of time as we waited to travel.  I thought 'I just want to hold her and kiss her.'  Now, 2 years later, I receive at least 50 kisses a day from those sweet lips~ yup not exaggerating sometimes I wonder if the amount of kissing is inappropriate but I think she's just making up for lost time. Boy, do I love those kisses.

Then there was this picture that broke this waiting momma's heart.  It tore me up inside knowing how much she needed me and I needed her and I had to wait.  
Here are a couple of quotes I found in my journal. Of course, I didn't write down where they came from cause apparently that's the way I roll, but nonetheless they are good quotes:

Yes, the sweetest joys of life are the fruits of sorrow.
Human nature seems to need suffering to make it fit to be
a blessing to the world. 


Isn't it glorious to know that no matter how unjust something may be, 
even when it seems to have come from Satan himself,
by the time it reaches us it is God's will for us 
and will ultimately work for our good. 

 Two years ago our lives were completely changed by "meeting" our baby girl.  I am forever grateful for the blessing she is to me and the ways the Lord has taught me patience during our journey to her.

I can't believe how much our lives have changed in the past two years.  I cannot imagine our family, my world without Melia Serawit!  Happy Referralversary, Melia. 


  1. OK first of all how in the world could she have gotten so big so quickly??? He he he.....

    2nd she is just soooo beautiful!!!!!!! :)

  2. I remember the picture of her in the pink crying so well too -- it still makes me cry. JP just shakes his head and says: "Amazing". Partly because of all the suffering in the world, and partly because of who Melia is now!

    Thank you for letting us be a part of that journey with you. It forever changed our lives and our prayers for international adoption.

    Love the pictures here with her smile and her gorgeous hair. Love all the pictures of her with her brothers and sister. Most of all our favorite right now is the one of her and Adeline in their soccer uniforms....someday those two will rule the world...sisters. <3

  3. Bee-U-Ta-Full!!!!

    XOXOXOX Cara