Our local shopping area is decorated with lights and is fun to walk around at night. Big brothers join us for pizza in between exams. It's so fun to have the entire family together and hubby likes the male companionship. :)
We persuaded a policeman to take our picture together as someone is always missing from our pictures.
With all these blessings, it's easy to get lost in every day life and forget about so many who are missing the greatest gift of all - a family. Much is made about medical and education opportunities, activities and material things for our children, but what all children really need is to know that they are loved and not forgotten. That their hopes and dreams matter to someone. That someone cares when they are challenged with homework, make the wrong choices, or get hurt on the playground. That their shoes are too small. That they are needed and wanted.
That without them, the crucial job of gravy making won't get done. :)
With the increase in older children on the waiting lists, the harsh reality of how many children age out each month hits home. Our heart breaks for each and every one that we hear about - and there are many more whose names we never know. But broken hearts aren't enough, and the magnitude of the problem calls for great prayer. Prayer that God will raise up more willing hearts, that more resources will be available to those who are called to help, and that cultural conditions will improve so that families can stay together and continue to parent their children - both here and abroad. That we would readjust our considerations of what is truly important and lean more on the provision of God rather than ourselves. That we would have the heart of Christ and see as He sees.