Saturday, February 16, 2013

Story of Love

This past Sunday afternoon while baking cookies with our little ones the phone rang.  Minutes later we found ourselves huddled together in prayer over a baby that could potentially be born in the near future under very difficult circumstances.  Our hearts were hopeful yet cautious.  We could walk through an open door and watch God work or we could remain comfortably still.  So after much prayer and many tears we decided to walk through the door that GOD had opened before us.  Just two days later the phone rang again and we learned that we had been chosen to be the parents of that baby!  It was a boy and he had entered the world just hours before!  He had arrived about six weeks early, but weighed 5 lb. 6 oz. and was doing very well!  And now after only a few days of life he is already exceeding everyone's expectations!  God has begun to write a beautiful story of love upon this precious new life and is pouring out His strength on us as we trust Him alone as the perfect author.  Amazing grace!    

Soren ~ Ronn's great great grandfather
River ~ chosen by his birth mother
James ~ Ronn's middle name


Wednesday, February 6, 2013


It’s been two years.  Two years of wondering when we’ll get “the call.”  Two years of wanting to plan, but holding ourselves back.  Two years of praying for a baby that is yet unknown to us.  In those two years I have often prayed for the woman who will carry our child in her womb.  And lately those prayers have produced tears.  Not just tears over what we are being asked to wait for, but tears over a woman who will be making a most amazing and selfless decision.  Each time I think of adoption I am awe struck.  In a world where abortion is accepted and accessible, it is truly a miracle of God that a woman with an unplanned pregnancy in a difficult situation would choose life.  And truly more miraculous that she would choose to place that child in the arms of another.  Each one of our three children represent this miracle and when I think of it I am overwhelmed!
And though I never would have chosen this waiting, I am grateful for it.  I am grateful for the chance to revisit those thoughts of gratitude and amazement.  I am grateful to be praying for God's grace to wash over a woman that I have yet to meet.  The words thank you seem entirely inadequate, but I am so eager to say those words to the woman who will abundantly bless our family.  I am so eager to share with this little one just how much his birth mother loves him, just how much I love him, and just how much the God of the universe loves him.