As I wrote a few posts ago, our family has grown by two. My husband announced with great pride this very morning that we had in fact beaten his sister, Emily, in the unspoken race to six children. Will the competition ever stop?
The boys now living with us are a delight and a miracle. I don't use that word lightly and in this circumstance, it is not an exaggeration.
CPS has been in and out of their lives for a very long time and the last response was that they were old enough to take care of themselves. The fact that they were having to take care of themselves was why, in essence, CPS was called in the first place.
I'd love to say that the prospect of the boys living with us for an indefinite amount of time was something I had thought long and hard about, prayed about, and come to on my own. I think the Lord knew that given any time to mull over it, all earthly reason would have taken over and I would have talked myself out of the whole thing. Instead, it was a crisis and, in crisis, you don't think about logistics, budgets, carpool, and homework, you just want to get the kids out of the chaos: to be fed, to rest, and to feel secure for a while.
Already, I have been amazed at the friends who have come alongside and cared for our family by way of groceries, gift cards, notes, phone calls, cash for groceries, and King Ranch Chicken. Is there a better way to show someone you love them than King Ranch Chicken? Everyone has been so generous that I have to admit I've thought about saying we needed a 42" flat screen and this dress from Anthropologie's spring line to really minister to these boys. Oh, I kid.
Seriously, I can't tell you how encouraging it is, how affirming, how beautiful, to see the Body of Christ come alongside and participate in this ministry that given the chance, we probably would have found an excuse not to take on. We have walked into the unknown but have the blessed assurance that we are not walking alone.
Thank you, Lord, that you are the lamp unto our feet and the light unto our path, no matter where You may lead.