Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Number

We received an email from our caseworker tonight with our official number for February.  We are now officially #:


It feels great to finally be in the TOP 3!  We are just praising God that there has been some movement this month, and we are encouraged by positive things that are happening in general with Ethiopian adoptions right now!  Day by day we are getting closer to seeing our daughter’s face, and I will be thrilled when I have no more waitlist numbers to update you with:) 

The one calls you is faithful, and He will do it.  1 Thessalonians 5:24

Monday, February 20, 2012

take time to dance

Troy and I were blessed to be able to attend a Steven Curtis Chapman concert with good friends last week.  Josh Wilson and Andrew Peterson also performed during the evening. This concert had a little different feel to it as the style was more intimate.  Each singer shared the story behind each song that was performed, and I think I enjoyed the music even more knowing the story behind it.  Towards the end of the night, Steven Curtis Chapman, shared the events that led him to write his song, Cinderella. He talked about how he was giving two of his daughters a bath one evening just prior to getting them to bed.  After their bath, the girls kept wanting to show him their dancing, but he had work to do and was hurriedly trying to get them to bed.  It was only later that he realized he missed his chance to just be in the moment with his daughters, and thus came the inspiration for this song(get out your kleenex before listening):


I have to admit that I, too, am guilty of rushing through life without taking time to stop and just be.  My mind is constantly jumping to the next thing I have to mark off my list, and I think I often miss memorable moments with Silas.  My prayer is that I will learn to be more intentional with the time that I have with Troy and with Silas.  I don’t ever want Silas to look back on his childhood, and say that his mom and dad didn’t have time to truly be present for him.  I have recently felt God calling me to pray and fast on Fridays until we receive the referral for our daughter.  I also want to use these times of prayer for God’s wisdom in both my marriage and mother/son relationships.  Thankfully, the God I serve graciously extends mercy in every area of my life!  I am looking forward to what He reveals to me through these times, and I look forward to the memories that will be made in those everyday moments(like the ones in the pictures below) with my family.  I am blessed!

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We take many walks to the park(Silas rides in the jogging stroller) on my days off work, and Silas always wants his picture taken in this guard rail on our way back.  I remember when he was barely able to see over the top!

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Silas got play-doh for Christmas, and the sillier he can be with it…the better:)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

3 Year Referral-versary

Three years ago today, Troy and I received a phone call that forever changed our lives.  We officially became parents for the first time, and we were thrilled!  Our caseworker informed us that she had a little boy she wanted to talk to us about, and I don’t know that we heard much past that:)  Here are a couple of the first pictures we saw of our precious son:



I think I nearly wore our computer out looking at his pictures over and over.  Of course, we had prints made to show off to everyone as well!  Needless to say, we are so humbled that God chose us to be the parents of Silas Abrham Lucht.  He fills our lives with such joy, and I can’t imagine my life without him in it.  In honor of his referral-versary, I thought I would share five of the many things we love about our son.

1. his smile – it is infectious and can light up a room in a second


2. the fact that he is all boy– he loves to run, jump, and makes lots of noise as well as all things motorized, especially trains

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3. to hear his sweet prayers – I have had back problems on/off for 3 years now, and he faithfully prays for it to feel better very soon:)

4. how he gets SO excited about small things in life – string cheese with his meals, popcorn and movie night, reading time at the library, or getting to go to the park

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5.  the love he has already developed in his heart for his new sister – Just yesterday he asked when she is coming home, and I said I don’t know buddy that will be up to God.  He replied “ but mama, we have ALL of our paperwork done, and I really want her to come soon”.  Neither Troy and I have directly had a conversation with him about paperwork but obviously his little ears have been listening.  He tells nearly everyone we meet he is going to have a sister, and I pray this love will grow even stronger once she is home




Silas, I cannot put into words the amount of love daddy and I have for you.  I pray that God will grant His favor and wisdom upon you all the days of your life, and that you will grow up to be a man that centers your life around Jesus Christ.  We are extremely blessed to be your parents, and thank you for the past three years of joy that you have brought to our lives. 

Love Always,

Mama and Daddy

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Official January Number

We got an email late last night with our official January number(with a follow up call today since January was supposed to be our call month).  We knew what it was going to be based on other families so we weren’t too surprised.  We continue to pray and trust in God’s perfect timing.  We received our referral for Silas in February of 2009 so we are praying that February 2012 will reveal our 2nd little miracle from God!