My sweet husband found this old picture of me over the weekend while I was away with my Mom, sis, and Aunt (Ben and Reider had their first weekend "alone"...props to the best husband in the world!)... He was so excited to show me when I got home this evening - it, AGAIN, confirmed how perfectly God knits together families in all different ways.
A little background first... when Ben and I were called to adopt, we found out that there were many different paths we could take...even as specific as what skin color, hair color, gender, etc you desired your child to be. After some prayer, we felt that we didn't need to be too specific in what "we" wanted because we knew the Lord would bring us together with THE baby that He had created specifically for our family.
Well, when we were matched only 7 short weeks later - we were thrilled to find out that we were having a baby boy who was half Hispanic! In our heads, that meant that Reid would most likely look a little bit different from us, so we began buying up and reading every book we could find (in the short 9 days that we had before his due date) on transracial adoption... how you explain a skin color difference to your children... learning how to Biblically field those inevitable questions that they (or others) might have... etc. We could have cared less about what this precious baby looked like, but wanted to feel as prepared as possible to raise our child with the healthiest view of adoption as possible.
Here is what we weren't prepared for which COMPLETELY blows my mind... My mom and dad have commented many, many times about how much Reid looks like me when I was younger - same eyes, nose, smile, etc... but I don't think I truly believed it until tonight.
Holly @ 6 months old
Reid @ 6 months old
WOW! I keep going back to compare all of my pictures, and it truly is incredible to me! Not that all of our research on transracial adoption was in vein - only the Lord knows what He has in store for us in regards to future children - but this just showed me how trivial the things are that we think we need to worry about and "prepare" for. Every last detail truly is in our Maker's hands. We can't imagine our lives without Michael Reid - we love you so much, little man!
"For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139: 12-14