I am not sure how to begin this story. It still is kind of a shock to me.
A couple days ago I received an e-mail from a good friend. Although only 5 miles away, I haven't seen her as often as I like since I quit work to stay home with Lucy.
This woman is truly a diamond in the rough. Although I have many Christain friends, this person exemplifies what it means to "walk the talk" when it comes to the Lord.
Anyway, she sends me an e-mail asking how we were doing and how the adoption was going.
I told her we were doing well, that Lucy was potty training and in her big girl bed now. I also shared with her that for some reason I felt that it has been put on my heart to adopt a third....shocking even to me because we don't even have a second yet.
(I told Mark in Guangzhou that although I had always said I just wanted 1 child, that I felt we would be back in China one day. I was completely dumbfounded when I realized that the CCAA was now implementing stricter rules, and that we were no longer eligible .....thanks Prozac.)
Anyhow, although I don't know why, I still feel I will be back too my daughter's homeland, just to do what , I don't know.
I mentioned to her that I didn't know if finances would allow it, but if it was God's will to keep adopting, He would supply.
She wrote back a few hours later that I (little old me) had been put on HER HEART lately. She and her family had decided to take their $50 and "pay it forward". She said she had prayed about it, and that God had said that if she talked to me, and I mentioned anything about money, that I (yes, little old me again!) was to be the recipient.
I am not sure why I shared about the POSSIBILTY of #3 with her. We had barely mentioned it to our families at this point. It just came pouring out.
She also mentioned that God had told her to add money to that, and that our check would be in the mail for our adoptions. It seems adoption is on her heart because she has family that had dealt with infertility and adoption, and it made her think of us.
Part of her letter said, "....this is a good reminder that the Lord is in control, and He will provide for His will! I know you guys are not living in want and can provide great things for yourselves and Lucy, and soon these children, but I just wanted to bless you."
What I haven't shared with you yet is that I have been praying more lately. Praying that HE would provide a bigger presence in my life once again.
So, THANK YOU Christmas angel. You know who you are, and you will truly be blessed. We WILL pay it forward somehow, and I cannot wait to share that with you.