The Journey Continues

By | 6:33 PM 6 comments
After almost 8 hours of consecutive sleep last night (the first in 9 days) I actually feel like I can write more than some bullet points today.

Ethiopia was an incredibly overwhelming experience. In almost every sense of the word. I am still trying to figure out a good way to share about our time there. I'll probably end up taking a day at a time and writing out some of the points I journaled about while there.

These last three days at home together have been both wonderful and emotionally exhausting. Eli is really really really doing well. We are starting to see more and more of the real Eli coming out and he has quite the personality. A good match for our other two who certainly don't lack in the personality department.

I have used the word journey to explain a lot of our adoption experience. But, I think that was not the best word to use as it implied that the journey ended once we got Eli home. In reality, our journey has really just begun. Parenting Eli, a sweet and adorable, but very hurt little boy who has been through so much in his three short years, is our real journey.

I've had moments of panic and anxiousness about my inability to do this. And it is true. I am completely inable.

But.

I am equipped with everything I need through the strength of the Holy Spirit.
I have not been called to something that I have not been equipped for.

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

II Corinthians 12:9

And so, let the real journey begin...

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6 comments:

I'm sure that this will be a wonderful new learning experiance, and I know through the grace of God you will get through this with all the love in the world. I'm continually praying for you and your beautiful family.

Such a beautiful thing....can't wait to hear more about your experiences with adoption. He is precious!

Becky Swann said...

I have been thinking about you alot and praying for you, I can't imagine such an incredible thing! I am so excited for your family!!!

Briana said...

Love you Jenn, You can do it! It's a process, try and enjoy each step. (you like how i say this like i've got all this wise experience?)

the broomes said...

wow, Jenn- I can't wait to hear more of how little Eli and everyone else is doing. We are praying for you and rejoicing with you!

Kristen said...

I LOVE that picture of the two of you!