Adoption, Shout Outs and a Giveaway

First of all, I’m going to throw out some fist pumps and leg kicks and a shout out to my sweet buddy Rachel. Not only is she a rock star mama to six kiddos, bestie to my sister in law Brooke, champion knitter and home educator, but she also holds the title of Official Setter-Upper of the First Date I Ever Had With My Husband. Thanks, Rach!! Nice Work.

Second of all, I’m going to give a major shout out to the LORD and His amazing love and grace for wretched sinners. Y’all, we deserve to live in eternal separation from Him because we are idol loving, selfish, obstinate people who turned away from Him.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. ~Titus 3:4-5 (shout out to Jack for memorizing this verse for Sunday School this week)

Think about it. We, because of our sin, deserve to die. And yet, the kindness and love of God offers us salvation when we trust in Him. Eternity with Him.

And he didn’t just stop at saving us. He also adopted us. “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out,“Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:4-7

What this means is, God brings us into His family. We are his children. We have the full rights and privileges of belonging to Him. No ifs ands or buts. It is not foster care. We are not trying to earn His love by our actions. He loves us as we are, messy and broken, and nothing will ever separate us from His love. We belong to Him for eternity.

What am I getting at? Well, my friend Rachel and her husband Pete opened their hearts and home to this precious boy. Isn’t he handsome?

They adopted Teshome from Ethiopia a few weeks ago and now he is a VanderWall with all the rights and privileges that come with being a VanderWall. Nothing that he does will ever take Pete and Rachel’s love away from Teshome. They give him the exact same love, mercy and care that they give to their five biological children.

Rachel and Pete are selling some great t-shirts to raise funds to pay for Teshome’s adoption, which involves mountains of paperwork, two trips to Africa, court fees, etc.

Take a trip to Rachel’s blog and enter for a chance to win a shirt! And spend some time reading their story about their family and bringing their precious son home. Love you, Rachel! We can’t wait to watch your son grow up.


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