Sunday, February 3, 2013
Lately conversations with my husband and 2 of my teens include questions like: "Does it feel real still that we were IN Nicaragua, living?" "Did we really DO that?" It just feels almost surreal.
There's strange little adjustments to being back in the United States: "The corn tastes funny." "There's something wrong with this coffee." "What is UP with this ketchup?" "I can't sleep in America!" "Man, my bones ache."
One of the great blessings since we came home is being connected to others who are adopting. Seriously, it could be a complete stranger or a close friend but when the word "adoption" is uttered there is an automatic connection, a knowing that passes through the eyes and connects hearts.
God has brought others to me who are adopting in Nicaragua and that is a double blessing. I pray I can encourage them!! They sure encourage me! They help me to rethink that time in Nicaragua and reframe it in my mind. Hindsight is 20/20 after all! It was a difficult time...but a beautiful time...and as I recount it and revisit it I am sure more of the beauty will come out.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ,so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort." ~2 Corinthians 2:3-7