God is so good. He is so very, very good.
Somehow, someway…He brought together an orphan girl from Latvia to a family of 5 in Kentucky.
When I look back, I can hardly believe it is our family’s story. It wasn’t anything we had planned, but it’s very clear now that it was God’s plan all along.
Little did I know that when I attended a blog conference in 2014, that I would walk past a vendor table about a hosting program for older orphans. And never in a million years would I have guessed that we would have ended up hosting one of those orphans the following summer…and even better yet, adopting that same orphan within a year.
I seriously could have never imagined.
But God’s word says…
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or imagine.”
He knew that Sania needed us, and we needed Sania.
Although our adoptions story is a beautiful one that God has written, I don’t ever want to paint the picture that it was perfect and easy. Adopting Sania has been the hardest experience of my life, besides losing my mom.
There were so many hardships and struggles we had to go through those first few years because Sania had a lot to work through. I never wanted to air her problems on the internet for all to read, but I want to be transparent enough to tell you that in the beginning, it was such a struggle. Truthfully, one I didn’t think our family would make it through.
But God gave us the strength to endure the hardships, and He began to heal Sania’s broken parts. It has been an absolute miracle to watch God work in her life and bring her to where she is today.
It has been worth every heartache and every tear. God was not only rescuing Sania, but He was rescuing us as well. We are not the same family we were before adopting Sania…we are better…more whole.
God has taught us SO MUCH through our sweet Sania, and we cannot imagine life without her!
When we were in Latvia in 2016, going through the adoption process, Sania’s foster mom gave her a special gift for a special occasion…her baptism.
(Sania and her foster mom, Anita)
I’ve had that special gift for 6 years.
And two weeks ago, I gave that gift to Sania at her baptism.
Sania has had Jesus in her heart for a while, but she has been begging to be baptized. So when we were in Kentucky for my dad’s birthday two weeks ago, and Luke was in town, I asked my sister if we could baptize Sania in her pool. Of course, she said yes.
Her baptism wasn’t anything fancy. It didn’t need to be. It wasn’t about us, it was about Jesus and what He had done in her life.
So we surrounded her with love and celebrated the gift of salvation and eternal life for our sweet Sania. It was one of the most special days of my life.
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4
Because you have been with our family on this journey, we wanted to share this very special day with you.
To God be the Glory!
Friends, I pray that Sania’s baptism was a blessing to you and a reminder of how much God loves us all. If you have never received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but feel a tug on your heart to do so, please reach out to me. It would be a honor to share His love with you. I can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or message me on instagram
May the Lord bless you and take care of you;
May the Lord be kind and gracious to you;
May the Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.