24 October 2012

long awaited and somehow unexpected

Only God.  He gives us a dream, a hope, a heart-desire.  And this broken-down-world seems slow, and procedures seem pointless.  But He promises.  And we wait.  With expectation.  And He gives confidence to the expectant heart.  So we wait with hope.  Psalm 33:20 - We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

This journey to our boys has been long.  And its been hard.  Our blog has been quiet through most of this process, and I regret today that you might not know all the twists and turns and heartaches and setbacks that have been intermingled with the laughter and joy and belly laughs and messy hands.  I pray that your not-knowing will not diminish the BIGNESS of what our God has done. Psalm 40:5 - Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.

We met these sweet boys nine months ago.  {Yes, nine months.} And this week, the state of GA released them to us for the purpose of adoption.  We signed all the necessary paperwork and now we wait to go to court.  (At that paperwork-signing-meeting we found out that the State is waiving the six-month-post-placement period because they have been in our home for so long.  Oh and we found out that the State will pay for the adoption costs and that the babies qualify for federal adoption assistance.)

And in the middle of all this good news, can you guess the thing that has just totally blown me away this week?  Is that I didn't know THIS WAS THE WEEK.  I've longed for it, begged for it, believed it was coming - and yet somehow our God can still surprise an expectant heart.  And in doing so, He has reminded me of the greatest story - of the long-awaited Messiah and the surprising way He came.  And isn't it like God to remind us that our story is always a part of a bigger Story?  Always.

And I can't help but think of Mary's song to God upon hearing her good news -  Luke 1:46-55
“With all my heart I glorify the Lord! In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.  He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored because the mighty one has done great things for me. Holy is his name. He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God. He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations. He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty-handed. He has come to the aid of his servant Israel remembering his mercy, just as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.”

And isn't this the sweetest treasure that God has blessed us with this Truth for Lincoln & Franklin's story too?  I feel small, and humbled, and amazed, and grateful.  Psalm 8:3-4 - When I look up at your skies; at what your fingers made- the moon and the stars that you set firmly in place- what are human beings that you think about them; what are human beings that you pay attention to them?
**All photographs are courtesy of Lasting Frame Photography, or as the boys call her "Aunt Emily"  

...and for the sake of helping you determine "who is who" this picture helps with that a bit.  Lincoln M. Lutz has the blue shorts on, his face is a little fuller; we generally describe his face as a round oval.  Franklin T. Lutz has the darker shorts on, his eyes are a bit more round, at times his face looks thinner, at other times just as round.   God has also blessed them with distinguished birthmarks for easy recognition if you're in a pinch.  Franklin's is on his shoulder and Lincoln's is on his thigh. ;)  And they have very distinct personalities. ;)

08 October 2012

long weekend

 Sometimes I forget that we still have a blog.  Ooops.  The boys had a long weekend, and thankfully Brad had Friday off too!  We went to a place called The Farmhouse.  We had lunch then checked out the farm.

I adore this picture of the four of them.  It kinda captures their personalities perfectly.

 And this is a collage of my attempts to get a picture of all four boys together in the "pumpkin patch."  You really need to click on the collage to see the facial expressions... especially Walker in the first and last picture!  {They call it a pumpkin patch, but really its just a bunch of pumpkins sitting around that were trucked in from who knows where.}