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This past Sunday Jon and I were asked to share our adoption story for Orphan Sunday. Jon waited a few days before he asked my opinion on the matter. My first thoughts were, “totally! Let’s do this!” As the week went on I struggled with the news that my Dad’s MRI came back showing 7 spots in his frontal lobe. My mind couldn’t grasp this news…and my heart is still trying to process what this all means. On Friday I began praying for God to help me with the words we would speak on Sunday. I prayed That my heart would be pure and my words would make sense! Jon and I practiced what we would say several times Saturday night and a few times on the way to the Church Sunday morning. Our kids were in tow and wily of course 🙂 A sweet couple in the church offered to sit with our kids while we spoke to the congregation. As we went to hand our kids over Naomi went without a peep and Aiden shook his head “no” violently and remained seated on the pew directly behind the couple.

Butterflies began happily dancing in my gut as a microphone was handed into my clammy palm. From that moment on God did something beautiful! Jon began answering the question to why we are adopting. He quoted his favorite man, Platt,

\First and foremost we felt that God was calling us to adopt a child. The idea came from our greatest role model- God. When you read Ephesians 1:3-10 and Galatians 4:1-7 you get this beautiful picture about our spiritual adoption from slaves to children of God. It had to do with God’s love for us. His initiative. Nothing we can do alone could ever be enough. It had to come from God, to us and for us. Feel this right now…before the sun was ever formed, before a star was ever put in the sky, before mountains were put on the land and oceans poured out between them, God almighty on high set his sights on our soul.

Adoption begins with a parents initiative…not with a child’s invitation.   Before C* was even born, before he was abandoned at the hospital by his mother in K* he had a mom and dad that were planning to adopt him.  And while he was alone in an orphanage, with no one to hold him, wipe his tears, kiss him, love him, maybe even some days feed him, he had a mom and dad working to bring him home. One day when he is placed in our arms he will have no idea all the work involved in bringing him home.   He became our son, not because he pursued us, but because we pursued him, before he was even born. 

 

I choked back tears as Jon poured his heart out into what he said.It’s so beautiful the way God placed conversations, small group video sessions, and discussions into our lives before we had even decided to adopt. It’s like God gave us a foreshadow of what was to come.
He wrecked our hearts for the orphans, the family’s who aren’t able to provide adequately for their children, the momma’s who can’t keep her baby because she’s not physically well.Just a year ago we were praying for C* not even knowing he was growing in his momma’s belly, but God knew this all along.We first heard about our special little boy in April, and a few weeks later we had a photo to swoon over.It’s hard to imagine that out of so much brokenness comes so much beauty. I can’t imagine the way we will feel when he is placed in our arms and he is ours and we are his-forever.
The church we spoke to collected a love offering for us 🙂 I was able to chat with a fellow adoptive momma about her journey with 3 boys..it’s so nice to see a family on the other side of the process! The love offering was such a blessing as the waiting continues we encounter more fees from C* being in his foster home. We’re not sure how long this process will go on…but we’re praying for quick action from the government! While we wait we have been busy brainstorming ways to pay for the rest of the adoption (travel,foster fees). Jon and I have an Amazon associates link if you click here and shop through this link we’ll get a percentage of your purchase 🙂 Amazon Riegler Adoption

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Orphan Sunday

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Clearly I stink at keeping up a blog! 🙂 Only a few  things have happened this past year 😉 In May we accepted the referral of “C” who is now in a foster home and 6 months old! I may be a bit biased but he hosts the cutest baby fro I’ve ever laid eyes on…and those eyes! They make a little swoony every time I flip through the photos. We have passed court and our i600 was approved this past week. We’re (im)patiently waiting for the US investigation which has been taking anywhere from 3-6 months to be completed. That being said, Congo has stopped issuing exit permits and we have no way of knowing when they or if they will start issuing them again. Please be praying for all the families who are stuck in country right now waiting to see if they’ll be able to leave the country with their kiddos or not. Such a heartbreaking situation and I can’t imagine being so close and having to leave a child behind for who knows how long. 

We knew the Congo was unstable as over the past year things have changed, been rearranged, or temporarily haulted. We don’t know what this means for our family or for our little “C”. But we know God has already seen the ending He knows what’s up ahead. We’ll wait with an aching in our heart and praying for the day this little boy no longer goes to bed without kissies from Naenae and a forehead bump from his big brother!

As some of you may know, my Dad has recently been diagnosed with stage iv melanoma. Two years ago he noticed a mole on the top of his head that had turned painful. He had it removed, biopsied, and returned to the dermatologist on a strict regimen. A few months ago he had a persistent cough and noticeable drop in energy. He went to the Dr. where they did a lung x-ray and noticed nodules on his lung. He then had a biopsy done and a pet scan which showed a mass in his lung, in his lower abdomen, and several nodules in each lung. It has taken several weeks to finally get the definite diagnosis of melanoma. 

My dad has 2 treatment options and he’s opting to do the most vigorous option first. He will go in tomorrow for a brain mri to check for any brain mets, if any are present he will not be eligible at this time to move forward with the IL-2 treatment. IF everything is clear tomorrow he will then go in Friday for a stress test and a pulmonary function test to make sure he will be able to handle this treatment. PLEASE join us in praying for a clear mri, and an awesome stress and pulmonary function test! I am pleading for you to join us in prayer 🙂 Updates to come!

Redemption is beautiful!

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You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior


  
 
 
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As a mother, my heart is breaking for my tiny little 5 month old daughter. At a whopping 9.9lbs I’m praising God for no weight loss, but discouraged in the fact that she gained no weight this week. When I hold my little treasure in my arms i’m reminded that

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back
I know You are near

And when the Dr’s tell me they’ll give her another week to gain weight by changing her caloric intake…

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me
 
I know the God I serve holds her tiny body in her hands and I’m so thankful that He loves and cares for her far more than I ever can. Knowing that he treasures her little life and has big plans for her helps get through these days that yield little to no good news. So thankful today for all these people praying for our wee little treasure and so thankful to Mom for sharing Psalm 46:10 with me
 
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.”

As a mother, my…