I heart these two. Big time.
Whew, yall been wondering where I’ve been? I’ve been a busy busy lady. We are adjusting to our new normal, which is early mornings, drop off lines, school lunches, a teenager, two toddlers, and lots of folks who need momma!!
But let’s start at the beginning….
Stacey’s room was all ready, and it was time to go get her.
Monday we headed to the airport to pick up Stacey. According to the track my flight app on my phone her flight was delayed, but I didn’t 100% trust that, so we left like it would be arriving on time. Well, it was actually delayed so we took the boys down to see the damn.
Then to the airport. The boys make quiet the welcoming committee!
And then, there she was…
The boys immediately took to their new best bud!
And in true Brown family fashion, our first stop was at Sonic!
Stacey brought lots and lots and lots of gifts for our family. I’ll post more of them later, but please check out my babies in their Chinese outfits! Could they be any cuter?!
Stacey has started school already, met new friends, gone to church and has her first teenage outing with friends this weekend. Wheweee, see, been a busy week!
We’re busy settling into our new normal, getting to know each other, setting boundaries, and having fun! We are excited about the next 10 months and looking forward to having Stacey with us!
I have lots of adventurous, albeit, sometimes crazy ideas. I know for a fact that is why God gave me Nick Brown. We could not be more different in that area, and thank God, he tends to ground some of my wild ideas or I’d have our family living in a tree in a jungle all Swiss Family Robinson-like.
Imagine my shock when I came up with another one of my crazy ideas, and without batting an eye, he said YES!
And here we are, just 17 hours away from opening our home, our lives, our hearts, and our family to a 16 year old girl from China for 10 months.
The weight and enormity of this little endeavor washes over me in waves and at any given moment, I can be found making a to do list (pretty sure I have about 7 started), nesting, panicking, savoring the simple moments with my boys, tearing up, or having an all out panic attack. Just kidding, I haven’t had a panic attack…. yet.
Um, in case you were doing the math, little ole me, who has officially been a mom for just a little over two years is about to jump into the deep end of parenting- A TEENAGE GIRL. Yes folks, I’m thinking this might be a little crazy.
I know taking this step, this leap, is God ordinated, we have seen His fingerprints all over the process and I cannot wait to watch the rest of the story unfold.
We chose the country and the student prayerful and know that God is bringing to our door the one He has chosen for us, the one who will become part of our family, the one He is asking us to love as a daughter and sister, and most importantly the one He is asking us to introduce to Him.
We’ve had several people ask us “why”. Why we are doing this. Why when our life is busy with two toddlers are we taking on a teenager. Why why why? It’s simply really, as Andrew Peterson sang tonight (he’s awesome, by the way)
“There is love
Love, love, love
There is love
Love, love, love
There is love”
We are in a season of our lives that we can’t GO and BE the feet of Jesus, but we can’t STAY and BE. We are choosing to spend 10 months pouring love into a girl in our own home. We want our boys to know that mom and dad chose love. We chose to serve, we chose to extend ourselves and our family. We choose to sacrifice. There is a great wide world out there and we choose to make an impact. We choose to love big.
The weight of responsibility of being a parent is enormous and we want our children to see that we chose to be a light, to love, to carry other to Christ even when it would be easier to say no, to keep our life simple. I know one day I will look back on this decision and note it as a step in our family’s journey to something big for the Lord.
As I sit here and type this, our girl is on her way to us. She’s in the air; she’s hugged her mom and dad goodbye and walked down that terminal into the great unknown. And can we just have a moment for that mother who is letting her daughter go. Um, boys, this momma ain’t doing that. You will live with me forever. The end.
Well, wait, I just tracked the flight, she’s stuck on the runway, where she has been for over an hour, oh gracious. But she’ll soon be in the air, and I’ll be up most of the night stalking this flight!
I feel like I did before meeting our boys, I’m excited and nervous and anxious. Her room is ready, our hearts and home are ready. Signs are made, balloons have been ordered. We are ready to love big as a family.