Sunday, January 23, 2011

Happy Birthday to One Who HAS a Family

It's birthday season in our house. My boys' birthdays are 8 days apart, and just 7 days before the first is our "oldest" boys' birthday... Davids!


Can you imagine today if the past two weeks HADN'T occurred?

Can you even imagine turning 16 and DREADING it?

In America, turning 16 is cool... you are able to finally drive a car! But in Latvia, if you turn 16 and are in an orphanage with no family actively working on your adoption, then you are ALONE. You cannot be adopted. You will not have that family you've dreamed of.

I'm SO incredibly blessed to know that Davids does NOT have to go through that.


That he DOES have a family to call his own today.


And I know they will be celebrating his birth for years to come.


BUT... please remember that there are MULTITUDES of "Davids'" out there. There are children every day who "age out" of finding a family. There are CHILDREN who are sent away from orphanages to a life most likely on the street. All because a family did not come for them in time. Did you know that if ONLY 7% of Christians would adopt just ONE child, that there would be NO more orphans in the WORLD. 7%. That Blows. My. Mind.

Today I remember Davids and his heart. One of my favorite memories from our time together was my eavesdropping on a conversation between him and Liam. You can read about it HERE.

Happy Birthday Davids!

4 comments:

Mammato8 said...

The conversation between Davids and Liam made me misty! What sweet boys! Happy Birthday to Davids. So glad he can enjoy it now :)

Holly said...

Happy happy Birthday Davids! The Lord has good plans for your life!

Lora said...

Happy Birthday to Davids!

I seriously had a dream about him last night, that there were hundreds of us at the airport when he came home to his family, and how he hugged everyone and thanked them before leaving with his forever family. It was really beautiful.

That story about him and Liam made me cry!

Myra said...

WOOHOO!!! Checking in from China to also wish Davids a happy birthday!!! Thinking of him and celebrating his day!! SOOOO happy he found his family!!!!

Myra

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