And next in line is the "T" family. Debbie and I become friends via the internet on an adoption forum while I was in process with Aleigha's adoption. Debbie was so patient and kind and because of her heart for adoption mentored many families- taking the time to answer questions and always a word of encouragement. The adoption journey is not for the faint of heart and just having someone there who has 'been there' was such a blessing to me. Over these past 4 years Debbie and I have become good friends and she was one of the ladies who spent a week with me last November in Guatemala at the orphange. It was one of the most amazing experience in my life- and having Debbie by my side made it all the more special. It was dream we both shared and I couldn't have asked for a more precious person to experience this trip with me.
Debbie and her husband John were blessed with 3 biological sons and their life was good. But in December, 1998, Debbie's mom- Joyace Ann-whom was not only her mother, but her best friend as well, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She lost the battle on May, 24, 2000, leaving behind a family who adored her. Soon after she died, Debbie 'ran across' a magazine article on international adoption and knew without a doubt that God was speaking right to her. Through her grief, God was showing her how she could continue the relationship she and her mom had shared~ but with her own daughter ... which He led her too in Guatemala. Anna Joyace (named after Debbie's mom) was place in Debbie's arms at the age of 6 months through the miracle of adoption. She is a beautiful, spunky, child of God- who wears a crown in her family and is doted on by her 3 big, handsome brothers.
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
Lord, everything we have is yours and yours alone... you give and take away... we may not always understand yours ways but we trust in you and rest in you... and like a child-we reach for your hand and walk by faith and not by sight. Thank you for loving us, for picking us up and putting us back on course when we become weary and loose our way. Hold our hearts in your hand. Thank you for those who come into our lives and touch us and change us... if even only for a short time.