Wednesday, August 30, 2006
This last saturday, my wife and I were blessed with a visit from three children (center) who touched all of our lives, including our two boys. The oldest two, a boy and a girl, are twins. They are the same age as our oldest son, Dominic. The youngest, a little girl, was the same age as our youngest son, Joshua. They all had fun running around playing together, staying late into the night. They even came back the next morning before they had to go back home with their parents who were visiting from out of town. What's so amazing is that a year ago, they were living in a Russian orphanage with little hope and no joy. Today, after being adopted by two wonderful parents, their eyes are filled with the hope of a loving future and their faces reflect the joy that swells within their hearts. It didn't take us long to find out that this hope and joy was contagious. All of us were soon wearing smiles and laughing together. We were witness to a real and tangible manifestation of hope and joy. These were no longer abstract words, but something we could see and touch right before our eyes. We were fortunate enough to get a glimpse of how God is working to bring these children into the light of His love. Honestly, I don't have the words to describe what this means to us, so I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.