Loving Arkansas – so surprised . If Hot Springs was in Oregon , we’d live there . Has the Bend vibe, but even more retirees . Tons to do .
Hiking has been great . Outside Little
Rock for a few days , we hiked to a scenic viewpoint this morning that was well worth the time . Maumelle Lake to one side and the Arkansas River to the other – beautiful . Huge storm coming through , but still 65 and humid . Eliza and I are having a hard time trying to dress half way decent while being soaking wet . Better get used to it .
I’ve been teary all day because it’s Eliza’s 14th Gotcha Day! 14 years ago we were on pins and needles waiting to take delivery at the Des Moines airport, gate A-1. Her escort came off the plane and handed her to me and my world was complete . I had felt God in my life before, but had never held His love in my arms until that moment . Psalm 139; my lifelong favorite .
What a blessing that God brought her home to us. She is so special , just an amazing human being . We thought we were such good parents because she was so incredible , but didn’t realize until Nate came home that it had nothing to do with us! (Good to be humbled.). She’s just a joy every day .
We weathered months of “why did you get a foreigner ?”, “does she speak English ?” (She was 4 months old), “what is she?” and various other silly comments as we tried to figure out where to raise her. We could never explain how we knew that we were meant to be her parents . Our locations since have been much more diverse and supportive .
Not that people still don’t occasionally make silly comments . I’ll take the time to politely educate them about adoption if I have the time , while also asking the kids if they want to talk about it . If they don’t , we just smile and walk away . Who else has to answer questions about their birth at the grocery store ?!
A few days ago we walked into a visitor center and the guy behind the desks asked Eliza where she was from . Then turned to me and asked . We had walked in together, joking around , but he didn’t put two and two together . It was so funny ! Then Nate and Dan walked in and he just kept staring . We don’t think he’s ever seen a family who doesn’t look the same . Subtle he wasn’t ; his jaw had dropped .
And that’s okay . We know how good we’ve got it with our little family of four . We have worked and sacrificed to do this trip. We fought more the first month than the last few years combined . We don’t take our time together for granted and we are truly blessed . We thank God for all of it and we are ready for the next hike !