On this day, 3 years ago, a beautiful boy entered this world....a boy who would later be given the name Henry. He entered this world just 13 days before our son, Isaac was born. This year, both of these boys would be turning 3. This year, they are together in heaven celebrating Henry's birthday. Both boys were loved more than life itself. Both boys were desperately wanted. They were treasured sons and adored little brothers. But, both boys did not have the same start in life. While Isaac was born into our family, Henry did not find his family until he was almost 11 months old. But once Henry was chosen, once he found his family, he had their hearts forever. Both Henry and Isaac are missed with every breath that we take. There is a deep, and indescribable pain from being separated from our boys, but there is also a deep and indescribable joy that we feel over the privilege of having them as our sons. They changed our lives forever. You cannot love incredible children like Henry and Isaac without being changed to the very core. They have blessed us beyond comprehension. And, we will never be the same because they lived on this earth. And, I believe with all of my heart, that God is still using their legacy to bring about change in this world.
When Henry left this world for heaven, the adoption community rallied around another little Henry.....an orphan with Down Syndrome looking for his forever family.
People donated to his account in memory of the Henry that everyone had grown to love. They donated so that little Henry could find his family, too. They donated so that one day he would be chosen and loved more than life itself.
And God was at work creating beauty through the darkness....beauty through the pain.
Isaac and Henry have not been forgotten. They will not be forgotten. They are still changing hearts and lives.
Loving Isaac, my son that I knew could leave my arms at any time, was life altering. I could never even begin to explain the incredible and immense love I have for him. He changed me forever and taught me how to love deeper than I ever thought possible. He taught me so much in his short life. He taught me to fight for those you love with everything you have....to love even when your heart is being ripped out. He taught me to do hard things. He taught me that every second counts....to never take life for granted. He taught me that faith is trusting God even when you don't understand. And he brought me closer to God than I have ever been in my life.
He taught me that every child is worth fighting for.....every child deserves a chance at life!
He taught me the meaning of true love, true faith, and true strength.
Because of the gift of Isaac, his big brother is still with us. When Isaac was born with a very severe heart defect, we had his brother's and sister's hearts checked.....and that is when Koah's heart defect was found and repaired via heart surgery when he was 7 1/2 years old. God used Isaac to save his brother's life.
Because of Isaac, we flew to Ukraine to adopt our incredible son, Ryder...a son who brings so much joy to our family!
Because of Isaac, we didn't turn away when we saw Max in the orphanage. We didn't turn away when we saw how sick he was. We didn't turn away when we saw how blue he was. We didn't turn away when we learned of his complex heart defect, because we knew....we knew that leaving him would have been like leaving Isaac. And, that is something we would have never done. We fought for Isaac until he took his last breath, and we knew that Max deserved that same chance at life.
Because of Isaac, Abi is going to have the sister that she has been praying for. We knew that we could open our hearts up to one more...to another child with special needs...to our 13 year old daughter in China.
I could write endlessly about the changes that Isaac has made in our family and in those who knew him. I can honestly never live up to the incredible person that Isaac was. I am just so incredibly thankful that God gave me the privilege of calling him my son.
Well, once again, God has been using Henry and Isaac to change hearts and lives. But this time, it caught me by surprise. On this journey to our daughter Elliette, we were convinced that we were just going to be bringing HER home...only one this time. And we honestly believed that with all of our hearts.
That is...... until I felt a whisper in my heart.
A whisper that said....
There is another one out there for you.....there is another son out there waiting for you.
There can't be....because we are only adopting Elliette this time. We aren't adopting two, remember God? But, I knew it was true. I felt it with all of my heart. And I knew I needed to listen to that still small voice. I needed to listen to what was being put on my heart. I knew that I needed to trust Him.
My prayer was that if there truly was another child out there for us, then I really needed God to show me the exact child He was calling us to make our son.
There were several children that I thought would be good choices for God to pick from, but, I wanted with all of my heart for Him to show us our son...whoever he was. The song "Let Me Find It" became my heart's song. Whenever it came on, I would break down in tears. I wanted so desperately what He wanted for us, but I needed Him to show us what that was.
And, He answered that prayer. One day, a couple months ago, out of nowhere, God used Isaac and Henry to again change our hearts and lives. It was almost as if God was shouting our son's name to me through them.
and that is when I found him.....
that is when I found Henry....
Our son Henry!
The son God specifically led us to....
a beautiful son who was not even on my list of choices for God to pick from.....
One of the children that I least expected.
In fact, I thought he was in a completely different country, on the other side of the world. But, God knew....
He knew he was in the same country with our daughter Elliette.
He knew that He was meant to be ours.
He knew He was calling us to him.
He knew that He was going to once again create beauty through the pain.
He knew that Henry's long wait for a family would be ending soon.
Maybe one day I will share the story of how He specifically led us to Henry, but trust me when I say that it was a beautiful story that could have only been written by the God who knew Henry's name long before we ever did.
Henry has been listed as available for adoption since he was a baby. The picture of him in his file is over 4 years old. Our Henry will be 5 years old in November.
Our Henry has been passed over time and time again.
Our Henry has been discarded as unwanted.
His worth has been stripped from him.
But, now, our Henry has been found.
He has been CHOSEN.
He is desperately WANTED!
He is worth it all!
And we were led to him by God through Isaac and Henry.
If you are wondering about Henry's family....the Henry who led us to our Henry....
God is creating beauty through their darkness....beauty through their pain....
They are in the process of adopting three INCREDIBLE children from Eastern Europe, and they are very close to travel. Please consider helping them out here.....
God is once again creating a beautiful story of love and redemption. And, in His story, LOVE ALWAYS WINS!