Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Beauty of the Body

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.

7 comments:

emily said...

NEWMAN!!!!

THESE 3 KINGS said...

Thank you Father for your faithfulness to this family!! love it!!
praying you for girly! so great to hear!
Lam. 3!!!

Laura said...

Hey Melissa,
I found your blog via Delta Kelly (Common Ground, Montgomery, AL) So, I guess your blogger fan base has grown from "the two people who actually read this blog," to a larger audience. I have enjoyed your posts so much, and laughed so hard! Your blog and humor are such a bright spot in the day to day. Anyway, I loved "Whack-a-Mole" so much that I posted it on our blog, siting you as a "friend of a friend." I just couldn't stop laughing. I was hoping you wouldn't mind if I linked your blog to mine, so I could site the source. I just wanted to ask first. Do you mind if I link your blog to that post?

MissHannah said...

I can't think of anything more beautiful than what you've described here. I praise the Lord for you and Trey, and for your sweet kids.

Love you.

Holli said...

Hello!
I found your blog this morning through emilys blog and I got hooked. Sad to say I have read all 41+ entries. Promise I am not scary!:) I was so inspired and laughed so hard- It also made me really crave diet coke. :)
Anyway I was wonder if I could add you as a link and where I could donate to your families mission?
Thanks for some great reading while folding laundry!
Holli
nationtonation.blogspot.com

Jen said...

To echo the last lady's comments, I too have SO enjoyed reading your blogs. They are so funny and I love how honest you are!

I also would love someday to be in the situation you are in, willing (though I know you don't always feel like it) to bring kids into your home at a moment's notice. Easier said than done I know. :)

Misty said...

what's a king ranch chicken?