But, sometimes I forget that my three youngest kiddos are adopted.
I forget that they haven't always been a member of our family.
I even forget that they are Chinese.
But, it's true!
Then, I run across a picture like this.
Mike and I just returned home from a meeting about readoption.
This is something that needs to be done with internationally adopted children so they can obtain a birth certificate from the state you live in. It's not absolutely necessary, but tends to make life easier in the future.
We have already done this for Maylee, but we need to now go through the process for Sam David and Emma Claire.
So, when we got home from the meeting, I immediately went to their adoption file folders to locate the needed documents so that we could get the ball rolling.
That's when I ran across that precious picture. It's the youngest picture we have of our Sam David. A real treasure!
My eyes immediately welled up with tears.
I ached for that time he spent without a mommy and daddy to snuggle, to tuck him in at night, to kiss the boo boos.
The truth is..I forget.
But, it doesn't take much to bring me to my knees.
Oh, how thankful we are that God led us to Sam David.
I would do anything to have been with him for the first 2.5 years of his life.
But, that was not God's plan.
Our Heavenly Father is in the business of making beauty from ashes.
We serve a Mighty God!