and hunt for dolphin by bicycle....
...I have been contacting the moms I work with and getting their Christmas lists. Now most of the moms I am actively working with have been matched with sponsor families. I just have 3 or 4 more who don't live in my area so if anyone is interested in connecting with them and providing gift cards, let me know. (email@example.com)
After our twenty mile bike ride, Amy and I soaked in the hotel hot tub, and were initially dismayed to see two small children in it. There goes our peaceful relaxation.
A grandma was with the two children. The girl immediately told us that this was a special week. It was her birthday Friday and her tiny brother's "gotcha day" today. The small boy was the same age as his sister, but at least 30 pounds lighter. He had been adopted from China from an orphanage. He had 'brittle bone syndrome' and 'failure to thrive.' The delightful missionary family adopted him a year ago. It was clear he was now thriving, though tiny, and the family loved him. The little girl shared with us that her uncle was also proposing to his girlfriend this week, if the ring he'd ordered arrived today. The girlfriend and uncle would be coming to the resort soon. The mother was coming with the older sister any time now! By the time the uncle showed up with the girl's mother, we knew this entire incredible family's story.
When the mother arrived, the little boy who had been very enamored talking with Amy leaped out of the pool, jumping up and down, shouting, "Mama! Mama!"
"Happy Gotcha Day!" she told him, kissing him.
"Did the big event happen?" Amy asked the uncle.
"The Eagle has not landed," he said sadly.
Amy and I were disappointed. We had hoped to see the beloved show up and watch the engagement since we felt we knew these people.
I thought we would be stressed by them when we first came to the hot tub. Instead, we were blessed. God's people doing the work of saints. If I wasn't so jealous, it would have been perfect.
Meanwhile, today I was up at 5 and sucking caffeine down by 6 to hit the shores on the quest for adventure. Now my head is full of visions NOT ONLY of mamas who chose life over abortion, manatees, and dolphins...but also of a little boy left to founder in a lonely orphanage snatched up by a family who loves him and God. I can still see him bouncing out of the hot tub yelling, "Mama! Mama!"
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.