"Mom, I want to write a book about orphans to encourage people who are adopting." Eden
Recently, Eden has been a lot more thoughtful of her actions, to the point of constant confession of her thoughts and actions. I had been concerned about anxiety, but Jacob felt that her heart was becoming more tender like we had been asking Father for. Perhaps it's a little of both. Aware that all our plans for the next year had changed, that all of her friends from Changchun are leaving, that she was gaining a new brother and sister, and that we are moving is a lot for a seven year old girl to bear, I have been making an effort to talk more about her feelings, give extra hugs, and spend more one-on-one time together. Father has given Eden a tender heart for orphans. Of her own accord, she started a journal on our adoption adventure called, "Meaningful Lifes." She said she wants to have it published. Wouldn't that be something! Adoption from the perspective of a seven year old. I'd read it, and I am. What a gift. Last week, we went to The coffee shop together after I had given her an actual journal to keep her record in. I stopped and grabbed her a peanut milk and some chocolate before getting there. She was given a free chocolate muffin just for being her sweet self. We had our quiet times across from each other, and I snapped this picture of her writing in her journal.
I felt the sweetness of Father in this moment as I looked down at my reading to see a picture of the world from Eden as my bookmark. Father, orphans, encouragement, and the world on her heart. May it always be so.
Showers of Blessing:
Father who impresses things on my daughter's heart that I can't even imagine
Father teaching her how to cope with loss and change
Friends worthy of grieving
Love for her new brother and sister
Finding wall stickers, and kids getting excited about new rooms
A record of my young daughter's heart for orphans
Free muffin and sweet girl who gave it
Time to share our hearts with Him and each other