You look familiar

March 21st, 2011

There are so many of you whom we have never met, but we readily recognize you as our brothers and sisters in Christ, just by the stamp of our Father’s features on your lives.

When our missionary friend visited Katerina’s orphanage, she didn’t just take pictures of Katerina.  She was also allowed to capture photos of some of the other children, and in the process, she unwittingly brought great joy to an experienced mom of fifteen, named Elizabeth.

Elizabeth and her husband Tom are ordinary people with an extraordinary love.  This love is not the sentimental wispy sort of love, but the kind that is solid and genuine.  The kind of love that is willing to go to great lengths to bring five little boys with Down syndrome from Katie’s country home as their own sons.

This year, they are adopting two of them, Julius and Paul.  As soon as these little guys are safely home this summer, Tom and Elizabeth plan to turn right around and start the process over again for Noah, Moses and Jacob, the last three they have officially committed to adopting.  These three are in the same orphanage as Katerina, and are also very small and delayed.

When I first heard how Elizabeth described her great longing to spend the rest of her life caring for these five little boys, I immediately recognized her.  Her love makes her look like her Father.

This past week, some of that love spilled over onto Katerina.

 

 

 

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7 Responses to “You look familiar”

  1. Kimberly Zimmerman says:

    WOW!!!  I’m typing w/ tears today — I can’t tell you what it means to me to read such a TRUE LOVE letter!!  Is it odd to say a big THANK YOU to the person who took the time, energy and LOVE to make this very special blanket for Katerina!!  You have touched my heart in a deep and profound way and what a beautiful loving, tender way you express our Father’s Love!!  
    One day many, many years ago my beloved Grandmother made a special blanket (similar to the one pictured) for my unborn child.  That little one was taken to heaven b/f I could meet him/her.  My Grandmother was upset that she had made the blanket b/c she thought it would bring me more pain.  How wrong she was….that blanket was the one tangible reminder of a very loved baby!

  2. Candy says:

    This may be the most touching post yet! What a wonderful story of love and faith. Our God is so big and loving and the body of Christ is alive and well and in action through truely loving people. This made me cry so much I had to wait to respond!

  3. Amy says:

    Tears here too!  The blanket is absolutely gorgeous, and will look even more beautiful once it’s wrapped around sweet Katerina, keeping her warm, safe, protected. <3

  4. sabrina says:

    Beautiful.

  5. Stephanie says:

    *Gulp* Typing through prayers again.  I can’t wait to see her all snuggly in her new blankie.  A blankie that was truly stitched with love.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Precious Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am so humbled by what God can do through us all as the body of Christ. It is when He uses us to reach out to each other that His glory shines beyond our comprehension. Bringing great joy to weary hearts.
    Susanna your post is beautiful. You are too kind. The comments left here about your post are so inspiring and just as heart felt as your post. We may never meet person to person this side of Heaven. But we will meet in Heaven! What great joy that God has crossed our paths here first!
    (((HUGS))) and prayers for all!
    Joyfully,
    Elizabeth 

  7. Erin says:

    wow that is just awesome!

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