On August 14, 1996, my selfish little world was rocked in the best way ever....my first child was born! God gave us Katie Lyn to bring us back to Himself. I love how He uses little children to get into our hearts and woo us to Himself.
Her first year was filled with colic and crying, bless her baby heart. (believe me, the pic above was a rarity) As a first time momma I was completely clueless. I attempted everything to help her, including "BabyWise", which a good friend promptly told me to throw that book off my very high back deck. It turned out to be some of the best advice I've ever received.
As Katie Lyn grew, we realized, "Hey, we've got a little PERSON we're responsible for now. Wow. Like, she's watching our every move. Oh, she's IMITATING our every move. Time to CHANGE some bad habits, wake up out of our little world, and realize that there is something BIGGER to life than living for ourselves."
And so Rob and I both returned to our first love...Jesus. We re-dedicated our lives to the Lord and have not looked back.
And He continued to bless us with children.
And more children.
Nine days after Katie Lyn turned four years old, August 23, 2000....
Another little girl was born across the world. LePing, China. Her name was Le Xiao Hao.
She had deformed ears and her mother left her at the gate of an orphanage with a letter telling her birthdate and other things of the heart.
I can't help but wonder if the Lord used this little girl to bring her mother to Himself. I guess I will always wonder about that this side of Heaven.
She was found and raised by her foster mother for eight years.
While Katie Lyn was singing in choir programs, having countless parties, growing in the Lord, becoming a big sister, learning how to read and write and count....
...Le Xiao Hao was growing very slowly, enduring one ear surgery, no doubt being teased by some of her village peers, attending school but learning survival skills instead of educational lessons, and only celebrating one of her eight birthdays.
Born four years and thousands of miles apart.
Living completely opposite lives.
Destined to be sisters.
If I really sit and think about how HUGE this is, how HUGE God is...I can't hardly believe it! Only God can bring a family together like this. ONLY GOD. I praise Him for giving me my August girls....Katie Lyn (lovingly called KK by her little brothers and sisters) and Candie Lexiaohao. They have BOTH brought me to my knees before God in humility and worship.
They couldn't be any more different from each other, yet they accept each other with grace and mercy. THAT is what FAMILY is all about!
I love you girls....and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you BOTH!!!!!!!!!!
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