Monday, July 26, 2010

Silas Stays Over

Please meet my friend, Silas:
Are you smiling? I can't help but smile when I look at his sweet face.

Silas is Sarah's son. Sarah is one of my very best friends. She is a heart friend. We met in college, and we were in each other's weddings, and we've continued to keep in touch. She is a delight!

Sarah called last week and asked if she and Silas could come for a visit. I was ecstatic, to say the least. I hadn't had the opportunity to meet Silas in person, and I really hadn't had the chance to spend relaxed time with Sarah in years. So, I was immediately overjoyed about their visit. The only sad part was that Sarah's husband, Jonathan, wouldn't be able to join them on their 5-hour journey to our house.

Sarah and Jonathan and Silas have the most wonderful story about how their family of three came to be. You can read about it on their blog. Make sure you have time to recover from a cry, though. It will definitely touch your heart.

To put it in a nutshell, Sarah and Jonathan felt the Lord call them to make adoption Plan A for their family, rather than Plan B. They've never tried to start a biological family, because this is what the Lord has called them to do, at this point in their lives. They prayed for, waited on, and fretted over their baby for years before they were finally able to bring him home from Ethiopia. WOW!

Here are a few looks into our time together:

Brian and Silas are watching Elmo in the Man Cave. Silas LOVES Elmo! I guess it doesn't take long for kids to latch onto our American ways! Brian was in the middle of doing a Count Dracula impression, "Two. Ah. Ah. Ah."

When Silas was in Ethiopia, he was severely malnourished. In order to soothe his hunger, he would suck on two fingers. Now, thanks to his loving parents, he is NOT malnourished, but he still soothes himself with two fingers. Every time I saw him do this, I couldn't help but think of Matthew 6:26, "If the Creator of the universe cares enough about the humble birds to care for them, why would He care any less about us? God provides for the birds' needs; as He loves us even more, we can count on Him to provide for us as well."

Men, of all ages, love big TVs. And, apparently, it doesn't matter if it's Elmo or a football game, they are happy to watch! Here are Silas and Brian hanging out in the Man Cave.

Swingin' in the hammock
I'm sure that Silas had just said, "Mama?" He adores Sarah, and he asks about her constantly when she's not in the room. When she is in the room, he says, "Hi, Mama!" It'll touch your heart.
This was the only shot that I got because I'm usually behind the camera. We were enjoying a lazy morning on the courtyard in our PJs.
Brian was so sweet to make breakfast for us. Men are good breakfast chefs, especially my man!
This reminds me of Linus on Charlie Brown.

Thanks to the baby gate, the dogs spent most of the time staring down from this perch. It worked quite well!
Until, we let them meet. Actually, it went great. Both Silas and Wally had healthy fears of each other.

Isn't Sarah beautiful? She always has been, but motherhood just makes her even more radiant!

Oh, that belly!
Those teeth!

That hair!
These two adore each other. I mean, their love for one another is so evident and automatic.

A heaven-made match.

We went to a wildlife museum instead of the zoo. I thought the heat was just too much. The wildlife museum was much more pleasant. And, he loved it!

As soon as Sarah and Silas pulled away, I sat down with my Bible and praised God for His living, breathing testimony that had been in my house for the past few days. Y'all, the sovereignty and trustworthiness of God has never been more evident to me than it is right now.

I just kept thinking, "God, give me the innocent, childlike faith of Silas." Here is this child, who was absolutely within an inch of death from starvation. Then, our magnificently powerful God reached down from on high and called Sarah and Jonathan to take him and love him and nurture him to adulthood. That's love, y'all. That's faith.

Let their story encourage your heart today.


Alabamamom said...

Thank you for sharing Silas's story with us. I wish that I could reach through the screen and hold him. What a wonderful picture of God's lovingkindness and salvation.

Julie-CA said...

Oh how malnurishes was my soul before being adopted into His family... thankf you for sharing this! He is a cutie.

podso said...

You really have a talent with photography, and of course the subject matter makes it all the better. Thanks for sharing the story and I like what you did after they left.

Life and Times . . . said...

Can you imagine if Sarah and her husband hadn't followed God's leading? They may never have known what they or Silas had missed out on. But oh my goodness, where would Silas be? Thank God for people that listen. What a beautiful, touching story. Thanks for sharing.