"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."
In a few days, I plan on posting Leila's adoption story. (There is a reason behind my timing.) Until then, I wanted to share Part I of her story. When Nolan and I first decided to adopt, we were looking for a child "as young as possible." As it turns out, we saw a video of a two-year old girl who looked like me when I was her age. In addition to looking like me, she had bruises all over her arm. She bruised easily, just like me, too! Let me be clear: It totally did not matter to either of us if our child looked like us. Yet, even though we thought we were looking for something else, it felt like a very clear sign from God that she was our child.
So that is the VERY condensed version of how Leila became our daughter. Fast forward to now, Leila is six (getting ready to turn 7, Yikes!) and I cannot tell you how many times over the past four years that she has made a face or has done something that makes me think that I have seen that look before. On ME. As a reflection in the mirror, or in a picture of me, when I was a kid myself. Here... I'm going to let you be the judge. What do you think? Is it just me?
Either way, I praise God he chose Leila for us!