the email that would change our lives

Sunday, June 3, 2012

In October of 2011, I received an email from Stefani at CHI adoption agency. At the time, we were in the midst of waiting (and waiting and waiting) to hear about our adoption from India. And even though we receive emails advocating for children on a fairly regular basis, this particular email deeply impacted me. It said:

"Kyler makes a tender impression on the hearts of those he meets..Kyler is a little shy, likes smiling, and gets along well with kids...Before admission Kyler had received preschool education, so we opened little classes at the SWI so that Kyler and other kids can receive education together and learn basic knowledge...sometimes we also allow Kyler to act as a teacher so as to teach other kids. Seeing Kyler hold a book and teach other kids like a real teacher, we feel that he is so lovely.

Kyler is gentle, never grabs toys with other kids, sometimes can even look after other younger sisters and brothers, can recite poems of Tang Dynasty and sing Children's rhythms for them so the other kids all like to stay with Kyler."

Oh my heart! What a precious boy! I was quite sure that this little treasure wouldn't have to wait long for his family to find him...Lord, bring this beautiful boy a family!

But then about a month later, I got this email (Stefani was still advocating for Kyler):

"Kyler's sweet, sweet face and adorable and gentle personality really touch all who see him. He had a family who raised him until a year ago until they became too old to continue caring for him. He has been to school and delights in teaching the other children at the SWI what he has learned."

What?! Was it possible that this precious boy was still waiting for his family?

And then, one month later, there was another email (and an amazing video)...but still, Kyler was waiting:

"Kyler is just deliiiiightful. Could there be a more endearing singing boy? He even is showing off his running skills. Go Kyler go! He was born with spina bifida but it doesn't hold him back. He walks with a limp of his right leg, but he absolutely walks and RUNS!! I am deeply smitten with this amazing little boy."

Oh yes, I was smitten, as well. Please Lord, bring this amazing child a family!

Then, a couple of weeks later, I got an email saying that Kyler's file would be going to the shared list in about a month. This fact pierced my heart. Oh Lord, where was his family?

Three months later (and 4 days after we received our first denial from CARA), I got an email from another woman who advocates for orphans from China. Guess who was one of the precious children she was advocating for? Yes. It was sweet Kyler, whose file was now on the shared list (along with about 2,000 other children's files).

It was just a couple of days later that we received our second denial from India and it was confirmed that we wouldn't be able to adopt sweet R. Of course, we tried other avenues, but in my heart I knew (and had known for about a month now) that we wouldn't be adopting from India.

And that is when David and I began talking about Kyler, the precious and beautiful boy from China. We talked and talked and talked, we cried (for R.), we spoke with Stefani (from CHI) who had just been to Kyler's orphanage a few weeks prior and fell even more in love with this precious boy, and we prayed and prayed and prayed. And over the course of the next month, God gave us overwhelming peace for R., and over the course of that same month, God gave us an overwhelming, uncontainable love for gentle, tender Kyler.

Friends, from the moment that we received that first email in October, I prayed for a family for this precious boy. And over the next several months, I wondered, where could that family be, Lord? But now, I know. And now, I can announce it to the world!

We are Kyler's family!!!
(Pictures to follow soon!)


Anonymous said...

Oh mom...I love you so much! I'm glad that we can adopt a little boy.

Nikki said...

My heart is so happy for your family!!! It's amazing how God places these children in our lives and opens doors to bring them home! I CAN'T wait to see pictures! Congrats from the bottom of my heart!

Colista said...

Gah! This is exciting news! :) Very happy for you all. Love God's big picture. Praying for a family for R too.
Can't wait to see pics! God bless you all.

No Greater Love said...

Wooohooooo!!!!!! :) So so so happy for you and SO HAPPY for Kyler!!!!!!!!

Gwen said...

Woo hoo! What BIG news you have!! This is sooo exciting! :) Can't wait for pics!

Peter and Nancy said...

What a perfect match! I am so thrilled for you -- and what a wonderful account to be able to tell Kyler someday. I can't wait to see his face!

Julie Coleman, Freelance Editor said...

Congratulations! So happy for you and your family. :-)

Naomi said...

Oh this is just too wonderful! This is such a testimony of what the Lord does when one door closes..... He opens another!!! He is so faithful. Oh I love my Jesus and I love you too sweet friend for being such an incredible witness and example for us all to see!!!!

I can't wait to see his face!

Jean said...

Goosebumps from head to toes! YAYAYAYYYYYY!!!!!

I am so happy for you!!
I cannot wait to see his precious face!! Post a pic asap!!

Praise the Lord!!

Kristen said...

I'm doing cartwheels for you and your family!!! I'm thrilled that Kyler is getting the MOST amazing family! Can't wait to see his adorable face!

holly said...

Praise the Lord for lifting you up out of your ashes to pour out His blessing upon you as open your hearts that much wider for Kyler! As much as I mourn with you over the loss of R, God in His mysterious way was preparing your journey all along for Kyler! Hugs and love to you, dear one!

Brad and Renae said...

Are you KIDDING me! I am so happy for you -- I knew God would be up to something in all of this - but I didn't expect it to be so quick!! I am absolutely thrilled! When one door closes - he so often opens another -- he is certainly mysterious -- but wow isn't he awesome! Lauren was at one point referred to someone else, I believe - and it didn't go through - so I know what a blessing that journey can take - I pray that someone will be equally blessed to get R - while you continue to plan for Kyler. Hugs, Renae.

Sally-Girl! said...

I love that boy!!!! I read his file!!! We thought about him!!! Oh my goodness!!!

Jenn said...

Love it!!! Can't wait to hear more!!!!! Are y'all ready to send dossier??!!

Anonymous said...

I rejoice with you so . . .

Waitingfaithfully said...

Oh friend, I have been heartbroken for you over R.--even though I have yet composed the words to tell you so. I am so very sorry. And now . . . now, I rejoice with you over Kyler!

Oh Lord, your thoughts are not our thoughts and your ways are higher than our ways. There are things that are so very hard for us to grasp, yet we know You are good and true--and that You have a plan for each of us.

Sarah, I will pray for His plan for your sweet R to come to fruition, even as I rejoice that His grand plan for Kyler is to be part of your precious family! Oh thank you Lord, for Kyler!

I can't wait to see this sweet, gentle boy!

Love you dear friend,


The Byrd's Nest said...

I KNEW God wasn't through with your family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see pictures:) You are one blessed Mama:)

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