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The Sweetest Christmas Story- part 7

As shared in my previous blog I knew that if nothing went wrong

I would soon be walking out of the orphanage with my sweet daughter.

But first there was the court date.

It loomed in its seriousness and I wondered what would be involved.

All  I knew was that I must appear alone before the judge.

The judge had the power to block the adoption.

It kept me on pins and needles whenever I thought about it.

Each day I would go to the orphanage and spend time with Jenny.

Sipping tea. Playing games. Talking. Beginning to build a bond.

She was very shy and kept an understandable distance.

But one day I was notified that this was the court date.


Not knowing what to expect particularly in a foreign country

caused me apprehension.

But  I tried to calm myself and  reasoned

if God had brought me this far

He would most certainly prepare the rest of the way.

He is faithful I reminded myself over and over.

I rode to the courthouse and waited awhile to be summoned.

When the summons finally came I pushed open  the door,

walked down a few steps

and took a seat in a medium sized room.

A number of people were seated all around the room. Everything was spoken in Russian.

Suddenly I heard my name.

My eyes were fixed on  the female judge up front.

I was told to stand so I rose to my feet.

All eyes focused on me.

Today, many years later, the details have all faded but one.

As I stood there nervously longing to just to get this over with

suddenly the judge looked at me and asked in clear, unbroken English,

“What will you do if you meet a man who wants to marry you

but he doesn’t want this child?”

Immediately I responded.

Everything in my heart cried out silently,

“She’s mine to love and to care for.”

But  very calmly and clearly I answered.

“If any man were to come into my life

and wanted to marry me

but did not want my child

I would say no.

I would not marry him.”

That was it.  A conscious decision made earlier and now verbalized.

My child- both of my children would take priority.

The judge looked at me and smiled a huge smile that stretched from ear to ear

and others nodded approval.

I knew I had been approved.

The adoption had made it through the court procedure.

That was the final big hoop to jump through.

Joy filled my heart as I walked – practically danced – out of the courtroom that day

and prepared to return to Moscow with my little girl.

Reflecting back at the moment so many years ago I am so glad that that question was asked.

Once more I saw that they cared not only for the children but also that that they

wanted them to be  adopted into stable families that would love them forever.

The sweetness of that moment blesses me today many years later.

How wise to make conscious choices before a situation even arises.

Choices to stand firm,

To follow the Lord,

To put His Will first no matter what.

To keep the commitments we have made.

Well, I’ve been privileged to mother my two daughters for many years now.

I could not have done it without the Lord’s enabling.

The One Who led me

continues to provide for all of our needs one day at a time.

It has not always been easy.

No, but the Lord has blessed us with many, many sweet moments

where His love shines through

reminding us that His commitment, too, is for always.






Writing Your Life Story


Being a writer, I like to think about my life as a story. It began many years ago in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Although the story has had many unexpected twists and turns, what excites me the most is the part that is still to come. The future.

 I am expecting a future that is filled with love, laughter and life. I am anticipating a future in which I will continue to learn and grow and serve. What about you?

 What’s your ideal future?

 Take a few minutes to think about it. You create today the future you are looking to have. There is no way that I will have a future filled with love, laughter, and life if I am in debt, in poor health and without family and friends.

In order to have love, I must be loving. I must take steps to grow in love. I must surround myself with loving people.

You see, I must intentionally create the opportunities that will give me what I long for.

 How do I begin to create my ideal future?

 I begin each day asking God to direct me, and to lead me in His Path for my life. (Ps. 5:8)

I spend time in the morning reading my Bible seeking to grow in knowing Him and His Ways.

I listen as He speaks to me. I keep a journal recording what I sense Him saying.

 There is a lot in life that we have no control over. But I have found that if I focus on doing what I can, being what He wants me to be and looking forward to create the future that I long for, life begins to flow with a new energy and direction.

 Begin today with the end in mind. You’ll find it makes a big difference.



How Is Your Story Coming?


Everyone has a story. Everyone writes their life story one day at a time. All too often we forget that we have a part in how our story unfolds. We have an important role in how our story ends. Are you writing your story with an eye on the ending you desire?

 My story began a good many years ago. It’s one filled with highs and lows. But throughout my story there is a constant thread of faith in God. There have been times when I didn’t know how my circumstances would unfold but I knew that I never was alone.  His Presence gave peace in the darkest valley and a song that continue to sing within me. How about you?

 Keep your eye on the end of your story as you live one day at a time. What do you want to accomplish? What desires live deep in your heart? Write them into your story?

You have been created in love for a purpose. You matter much more than you think.

He longs to give you a life that matters as you trust in Him.

 Today is a gift. Write your story well. Fill it with deed of kindness. Give a smile. Send that encouraging note. Take the time to share another’s burden. As you do, your story will shine purpose and meaning.

 You are the author.  I’m cheering for you as you write your story today.