…brings so much JOY and energy to our lives. He has only been with us for a little over a month, but we have already developed a deep bond with him. It is hard to put into words what the transition has been like, but for those of you who have adopted, you most likely understand the sheer amazement of bringing a child home and watching them blossom—moment by moment, step by step, day by day.
When we first found out the kids’ biological mom had another baby we were quite shocked. When the social worker asked if we were interested in adopting him I quickly responded with a “yes” and then glanced over at Phil, who looked rather pale—-as if he could pass out right then and there. 🙂 Some questions that went through our minds were: How could we say “yes” to another child when we already have eleven? How could we say “no” to a baby when we have the opportunity to give of ourselves so that child can know God’s love? How will others react when they hear this news? Will we have the financial means to survive? Will I be able to balance my time to give each child all they need to thrive—-to be all that God created them to be? In the end, we came to the conclusion that if indeed God wanted us to adopt him, He would give us a peace and pave the way. God did just that, and while it hasn’t always been easy, we KNOW without a doubt that this little guy is a treasured gift from God to our family.
Our family just wouldn’t be the same without him. He has already taken on his role quite well. He knows where he fits in as the youngest of twelve. He enjoys having so many older siblings to interact with—to shower him with love and attention. Though I don’t think he always enjoys the fact that he has so many older siblings to tell him what to do. Hudson and Haylee have taken on their role of big brother and sister, and love the opportunity to boss him around any chance they get. All the older kids have been such a huge help with him. God’s timing was perfect in that Jessica was home from college, and the teens were on break from school as well. They took on an active role of helping out even more around the house during this crazy transition time. And now that the older kids are back at school during the day, the younger ones each take a turn helping with Landon while I am home schooling. Landon is at, in my opinion, the most challenging age of early childhood—-the stage with lots of energy, always on the go, into everything, can’t be left alone for a split second, still learning boundaries. 🙂 But at the same time, this stage is an exciting one. He is discovering his world—-and loving it. He is learning new words—in Portuguese and English. He is trying new foods, spitting some out and swallowing others and asking for more.
Please be praying the adoption process for Landon Moses will move along in a timely manner. At this point we have legal guardianship, and are waiting for another document to be signed by the judge in order to begin the process to adopt. We plan to furlough when Karina graduates in May 2017, and are praying everything will be completed in time to do so. Thank you for your faithful love and support for our family and ministry in Brazil!