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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Esther said "Mama"


Esther said her first words today:  "Mama!"  I am sure that was one of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard.  I found a way to carry her down to get her passport and visa photos done because......WE HAVE A COURT DATE!  We will be returning June 20th to get little Queen Esther HOME!

While I was reading her medical report I saw words I had heard before:  "neurologically devastated."  Many of you know about Esther, but I have another daughter Blessing whom many also know.  She swallowed lye in Liberia (a common problem because it is odorless, tasteless, used for laundry soap and looks like water so kids get into it and burn their GI tracts, most severely the esophagus)  and she could not swallow her spit or food for years.  She had multiple surgeries to try to replace her esophagus with various body parts, and right before she was to be discharged last time she had a crazy complication (like never has happened before) which caused an artery to burst in her neck and she bled out and nearly died.  They could not get access easily to stop it because of all her previous surgeries and scarring and she lost her entire blood volume multiple times before they finally were able to snip off the ends of her burst artery.  The shell-shocked surgeons came to us saying Blessing would be "neurologically devastated" but at least she was miraculously alive.  We actually had a little weekend warfare before we left to come to Uganda where Blessing was briefly hospitalized, but she has perfected the art of bouncing back!


And despite not having 1/4 blood flow to her brain....Blessing is neurologically "normal".  But the beauty of a large family, and maybe adoptive families in particular, is that you kind of lose your definition of "normal" anyway and my first thought when I heard that was just pragmatic as in, "How will I need to accommodate the house to make getting around easier for her?"

That's how I think about Miss Esther.  If she can walk and talk "normally" someday....awesome!  If she is not neurologically typical....so what?!  When you boil everything down to love...life is just simpler.  More Kingdom, more grace, more beauty, more joy.  Control is just an illusion anyway and when we give up "the way things are supposed to be" we get to enjoy what God is doing right now, in this moment, without burdening our minds with hypothetical futures and outcomes.  All we have is right now to rejoice always, give thanks in everything, and pray without ceasing.  That's God's will for your life!

So right now I rejoice that God is speedily bringing Esther into her forever family, I give thanks that Blessing has been doing so good this week, and I pray that you will see the miracle of life every time you look into the eyes of each of your children!

20 comments:

Deb said...

I stand in awe of a MIGHTY God.

Shauna said...

Praise the Lord! Cheering and praising with you.

Teresa said...

So happy to see your blog! So many people need to hear Esther's story. Thankful for all God is doing and the lives that will be touched and affected.

love said...

i am WITH you, lady. when we just boil it down to love--that's what it's all about.

rejoicing with you! sending love and prayers!!

Jenn said...

As Lexie's mama, I've been praying for sweet Esther for years now! Words cannot express how happy I am to watch Esther's beautiful story continue to unfold!!

Praying for you and your sweet family!

Blessings,
Jenn

Erika said...

I don't even remember which blog I heard about you through (maybe moments with love?), but wanted to let you know we're praying! When I can't fall asleep at night, I pray through random things and praying for this precious girl to get home is on my list! Thanks for stepping out and being willing . . . thanks for stepping forward and loving motherhood!

christina Swinger said...

love your perspective and your heart...we have been praying for Esther for a while now. a year ago, our daughter's only word was "mama" and now she has over 200! (and she was also labeled "neurologically devastated") thank you for blazing the way with such courage and strength. you are an inspiration

everydaymomma said...

Goosebumps no less, what a beautiful thing to hear the word mama. I'm so excited for your court date !!!!!! To god be the glory, I am so excited to have found you and can follow along in this beautiful journey. Thankyou for following the gospel and stepping up to mother the motherless. I am in awe.

Jenay said...

Wow!!! Beautifully written. L.o.V.E.!!! I have an Esther from Uganda as well, and oh what treasure. I think her name fits her to perfection.

Frances said...

You are an amazing, blessed lady with an amazing blessed family. Praying for you all.

AngelaDormish said...

Amazing! Amen! Praying with and for you, now!

Allyson said...

beautiful! every part of this story! God is so abundantly good!! Praying now for the court date to go smoothly and for sweet Esther to continue to thrive and grow in her family.

writingforjoy said...

I LOVE that I can follow your rejoicing, pray in times of needing agreement and be blessed by your awesome example and light. Thank You for starting your blog and all the years of email updates!
Blessings to you Groothius family!

the_blissful_mommy said...

Jenny, my heart is bursting at the seams with gratitude to the Lord. He has this great memory! As my BFF says: "It's just so EASY for God." Yes, when He "makes the match" it all seems to make sense. I love watching this. Thank you again for taking the time to get it all down on "paper".

LivingFree said...

You already know how much I love you. This post made me miss you so much. As I read it I felt as if we were at the park having one of our conversations. I am already counting the days until we come back and I can meet Esther and we can hang at the park. Your such a blessing. Keep proclaiming the simple goodness of His truth! So glad you decided to proclaim it through the www.

Christi

Lexie said...

look at all of these people following along on this journey! SO many people adore this princess!!

so so happy<3 keep the updates coming!! we are waiting on the edge of our seat for more esther delicious-nesss!

Debbie said...

This is all totally awesome. I missed yesterday's court news!!!! Wow, that's exactly the miracle we were praying for. And, the change in Esther's face and smile from the first picture of the trip and this...another miracle. He's just full of them!!!!!!!!

Beth said...

Wow!! I know how it feels to leave your little one...I had to leave our little Israel yesterday to drive back home. He cried and so did I. Hopefully we can be back in about two weeks to get him! God is good and I know He has a reason for bringing both of these little ones into our families! God bless you and yours!
Beth

Janet said...

How wonderful! That is what LOVE of a Mama will do! As long as I live I will testify to LOVE! Jesus and Gods love and the love of finally having a forever family! Yes I was adopted too! Janet

Faith said...

Just came across your blog through this crazy adoption world! :) My gracious, am I in awe and in love! What wonderful hands and feet you are being as you follow the Lord and His calling upon your lives! What power there is in His provisions and miracles! Thank you for sharing your daily testimonies!!!
Faith @ fegingerich.wordpress.com