Today, we are celebrating the 1 year anniversary of THE day we saw the two pictures that would forever change our lives. I was finishing up work at the church house, in a meeting, and noticed Amanda had called. She then texted and said call me and that it was urgent. I left the meeting, called my wife and listened to hear tearful pleas for me to go to my computer and look at these two pictures:
It was of a little boy that was 14 days younger than Obadiah. All that we knew was that he was “severely malnourished…developmental delays…cannot walk, crawl, or bear weight on legs.”
We had a date night planned that night. On the way to Greenville that night, I called the agency who sent us more information on this child who in the weeks to come would be matched with our family. That night waiting for a table for dinner, Amanda asked me while we were looking at his picture on the phone, “You think we are looking at a picture of our son, don’t you?”
“Yes ma’am, I really do.”
Dec. 23, 2009, we first saw his pictures. May 1, 2010, he ate his first meal in our home. As of Dec. 23, 2010, he is walking, running, dancing, talking, eating, potty-trained (as of last week – in one day ! Thank you, Jesus and Amanda!), praying, playing, and inspiring others with his every move!
So, in celebration of this anniversary of seeing Eli’s precious face for the first time, I thought I would give you two new pictures taken a couple of weeks ago when our two boys were the ring bearers in a wedding for some of our dear friends, Jared and Anna Leigh Skinner. Here you go:
Oh, the difference Jesus can make in one year. I am one blessed father today of two precious sons, Obadiah and Eli. Saying I’m grateful to Jesus is an understatement.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. -Eph. 3:20-21