Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The face of love
This is my Gabriel. He's 17. In 4 months he'll be 18. He's a young man now.
Gabriel was adopted from Chicago. He was 1 week old. He was incredibly sick with asthma. The whole week (including a holiday that closed court) we had to wait in Chicago before we could bring him home, I thought he was going to die. I LOVED him from the moment I saw him. But it was a fierce momma tiger love. He was going to live. We even took him to the ER while in Chicago, (that was quite an experience) only to get an anti-biotic- which didn't help at all.
Look at him now! 5 zillion neb treatments, many bottles of pedia-pred, 1 frightening fever seizure, not too many chest colds, normal scrapes and falls, and all the regular kid stuff. He looks great!
But this isn't why I'm writing about Gabriel. :o) I'm writing this to write about a young man who makes a difference in the lives of orphans.
Gabriel was adopted. He is thankful he was adopted. In his quiet ways he lets us know. He stands up in every way for the orphan! Financially, physically.
When we needed someone to help Tom pick up Julius and Pauly, Gabriel did not volunteer. We asked his 19 year old sister and she said she would. And then she could not. We were very disappointed. We had purchased her Passport and everything needed for her to travel. Quickly Gabriel's 20 year old brother said he would go with, to help Tom. We purchased everything for him to go including his plane ticket. He did not tell us until we called him two weeks before they would leave, that he had backed out. We had to cancel his ticket and pay a large fee, and then wait breathlessly to re-book as there was only ONE seat left on the plane!
We told Gabriel, then 16, he was going to have to go to pick up his brothers with Tom. And he did. He had other things to do. He doesn't like traveling at all. He had never flown in an airplane. And he just did it. He did it for his two new brothers. He wanted them to have a life in his family where he knew we would LOVE them!
And now he's doing it again. No questions asked. Just getting on that plane and helping Dad bring home 3 of the cutest little boys on the planet!
Why? Because he is building his foundation on Christ. He is a young man with character, developing morals and values to carry him through life.
Gabriel, we LOVE you more than words can express. We thank God that LaToya gave birth to you. We thank God that she allowed us to raise you! We thank God for sharing you with us. And now you can walk with your Father God as a man. We cry tears of joy for the promises of God in your life. You are a blessing to all who know you! Thank You!