Recently my husband and I sat in a conference with our 5 year old daughter's pre-K teachers, the Little Girl who we adopted from Ethiopia just a little over 2 years ago. Her teachers had such nice things to say about our Little Girl and as they announced she was "ready for kindergarten" and went over the checklists of physical and social and and verbal and emotional and behavioral skills and how she well she was doing in these areas, I couldn't help but again be completely washed in awe for our God!
This is a little girl who lived the first 3 years of her life in a 3rd world country, who suffered from malnutrition, who lost her first family, who lived a total of 13 months in 2 different orphanages, who was adopted as a 3 year old and moved to a different country with a completely different culture and language to live in a family who were strangers to her!
And to think now just 2 years later she is on par or exceeding the abilities of her peers who were born and raised in America, have spoken the language since birth and were privy to the best nutrition (even starting with prenatal vitamins!), medical care, and stability of their birth family! It is amazing! Only God!
When I think back to the tiny orphan we first saw pictures of:
To the first moment we laid eyes on her in Ethiopia:
To that room she lived in for a year with the cribs lining the walls:
Sometimes it is honestly so hard to believe my Little Girl today is that same little girl:
Our God is a God who redeems lives!
"Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things." Psalm 72:18