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After making the decision to be Mrs. Nesbit's parents late on Sunday night, I don't even need to mention how hard it was to sleep.
I had a very busy Monday on my calendar, the bulk of which I was scheduled to be at Squirt's preschool. We were up bright and early printing pictures of Mrs. Nesbit for the boys to take to school to show off.
But first we had to tell them.
What a fun experience. They were all eating breakfast and my Beloved and I said that we had a big surprise for them.
"Is it a Wii?" one asked.
"It is better than a Wii," we answered and added, "And we are not a video game family, so don't plan on a Wii arriving anytime soon."
"Are we going on a trip?" a second boy took a guess.
"Well, 'we' are (indicating Mom and Dad), but 'we' aren't (motioning to the entire family)," I replied.
At that moment, their proud dad turned his laptop screen around toward them revealing her sweet face.
"Hey, I've seen that picture before! Who is that?" Sauce chimed in.
"That is your baby sister!" we excitedly told them together.
Excitement and laughter and questions about her quickly filled our kitchen. We told them everything we knew about her and what her new name would be in our family. All four boys, who had the words 'Mrs. Nesbit' firmly ingrained in their vocabulary, symbolically left her orphan status in the past by immediately ditching the nickname and have referred to her by her real name ever since.
"Me too buddy. Me too."
They all tenderly put the pictures into their backpacks and anxiously headed off to school to show her off.
Like I said, I had to get going with my busy day, but I was bursting at the seams to tell as many people as my excited and scattered brain could think of before I left the house. First, I called my mom, dad, brother, and aunt, so that they wouldn't hear through email or social media. Then I compiled a short but sweet email announcement to as many people dear to me that I could think of in the time I had left.
Off to preschool we went and to my delight, replies to my email came in all day. Thank God for smart phones.
Do you remember my mention of signs coming after the decision was made? Good.
I want to stop and tell you a couple of things about my sister in-law Andrea, the brilliant neurologist who helped us with Mrs. Nesbit's file and medical diagnosis. She is so gifted in so many areas beyond medicine. She is a wonderful mother and wife and sister and friend. I look up to her in many ways.
She is also VERY logical and fact oriented. She is much like my husband, seeking concrete evidence to make a decision or determine authenticity. In fact, when I was getting tired of waiting for that blasted x-ray, she made me laugh by saying to me, "I have to side with Kenyon. You'll have to go to Jeff for sympathy on this one." Jeff is my brother (and her husband) and is much more like me in decision making and emotional reactions.
When Andrea experiences God, she does so through clinging to the truth of His Word and deliberately focuses on His promises. She is not a "sign" type of girl.
Which is why, I am sure, that God chose her.
She did not know that we made our decision late Sunday night. She was still praying for us through the process, but thought we were waiting for more medical information to solidify our position. She was included on my email Monday morning.
"I was going to email you anyway today because I had the most vivid dream last night.
The dream was of little Joya clinging onto your leg tightly like she was afraid and you were soothing her like any Mommy would... and then bigger versions of the little girl walked up one by one... the first "bigger version" of the littler girl was a grade schooler, and then a high schooler, and then a grown woman... each one knelt down by the little girl clinging to your leg and told her that everything was going to be alright and that you would take care of her and that she didn't have to cry... and the last one was the grown woman and she was full of poise and grace and had a beautiful smile... and then she disappeared but the little girl stopped crying and was smiling up at you with big, shiny wet eyes...
I was breathless when I woke up. "
Sign from God? Check. Kenyon and I were both brought to tears and in awe of how perfectly that happened. If anyone else had experienced that dream, we could have easily written it off as ordinary for that person. But not Andrea. Increased faith? Check.
As if that wasn't enough, we still received two more little gifts from God that made us delight in our decision.
But it would be no fun if I didn't string you along just one more time!