She is FULL of JOY! She is STRONG! She is a PRINCESS! She is a FIGHTER! She is LOVE! She is LAUGHTER! She is SMART! She is a TALKER! She is a HUGGER! She is FAMILY!
She is HIS!!!
I am beyond grateful that God would choose us to kiss her cheeks (until they have to be sore), to carry her, to search endlessly for food she will actually eat, to rock her to sleep, to sing "wheels on the bus" with her at least 10x in a row each day, to watch "big bird" with her as she squeals and names each character, to read books to her, to pray with her, to tell her God made her perfectly and wonderfully in Uganda so she could be part of our family here in the US, to pull her in her wagon, to hear her say "I WUB U" , to spoil her, to "raise" her!
Often times people will say what a gift we are to Abigail and how "lucky" she is to have a family. I want to make it very clear that WE ARE THE LUCKY ONES! Now, I'm a straight shooter so let me put it all out there...Is it difficult to have a 1 year old in our home again? YES. Is is challenging to "go back to this stage of life" 20+ years later? YES. Are there times we think "what was God thinking?" YES. Is this momma tired? YES!!! BUT..... Is it all worth it? ... without a doubt YES!
How do I know it is worth it? Because we had empty rooms in our house and Abigail needed one. Because she makes us laugh a million times a day and laughter is good for the soul (it's my most favorite thing to do). Because I have seen healing in our family because of our common love for this baby. And, Because this adoption has brought us closer to God and more dependent on him than we have ever been in our lives!
We didn't choose this path. There is nothing righteous or special about what "we did". We simply choose to be obedient. Now what God did on the other hand is MIRACULOUS! Do you have an empty room? Do you desire to be obedient? There are at least 147 million more children that need a family; that need a home; that need love.... Maybe it's your turn! :)
I'm looking forward to the next six months!
Tosha (the luckiest mom in the world)
Here are a few of my favorite pics from the past few weeks...