If love were to be measured in size, ours would be infinite: it would encompass the Earth numerous times.
That's how much love we have in our hearts. So much, in fact, we decided to adopt three sisters from China. The girls have meant so much to us and we cannot imagine our lives without any of them!
Our children are named Grace Elizabeth Ann (7), Faith Miracle Joy (5), and the newest member of our team, 4-year-old Honor Hope Marie. They were adopted two years ago (Grace and Faith) and six months ago (Honor). They join their big sisters Tabitha Maureen (10) and Coriander Dawn (14), as well as baby brother, Gage Michael, who will be two on Christmas Day (three weeks from today!).
We now have six children. One tiny baby boy and five girls. We have a full house ... but we wouldn't have it any other way!
God brought these children into our lives so we could care for them, love them, nurture them, and we have enjoyed every minute. We wouldn't trade our children for anything in the world; they mean the world to us!
Christmas around our house is going to be bustling with activity and mayhem. Yesterday we took the kids to see Santa Claus at the mall and ever since, they have been trying their best to be on their best behaviour, which Johnathon (husband) and I (Becky) appreciate!
Today, the older girls are helping Daddy put up the tree while I bake Christmas Cookies (with assistance by Faith and Honor). Baby Gage, meanwhile, is in the den, with his Grandma Neela, who is acting as built-in babysitter (and getting spoiled, no doubt!). Grandma Neela (my mom) lives with us so she can help with the children if Johnathon or I can't. She has been nothing but a huge blessing in all our lives!
She moved in when Johnathon and I had Gage. She's been a huge help!
And now that we have three new daughters, her help is needed even more. She is teaching Honor English and is helping her adjust to her new life here in America. Honor has only been with us since June, six short months.
If there is anything I am grateful for this Christmas, it's for the health of our children and the fact that we are raising them with God and church in their lives. We feel that this upbringing will help them in the long run, which is more I can say than a lot of kids today. It's no wonder our world (our nation) is in such a sad way! If people took the time to pray or put God first, then the world as we know it would be a much better place for ALL who inhabit it!
We do the Santa Claus thing, but we put God first. Even though Jesus wasn't probably born ON December 25th, the fact that He came to save us from our sins is the Greatest Christmas Present mankind could have ever hoped (or asked) for! We make a cake for the Baby Jesus and we sing Happy Birthday to Him and retell the Christmas Story to the kids; they get such a big kick out of it! We try to stress on each of our kids that while it IS nice to get presents, it is better to give and it is better to remember the REAL Reason for the Season!
Well, I have to go. Grandma Neela is calling; she says Gage needs a change: he just soaked through his diaper onto her lap. YUCK. I will write in here again another day; until then, this is Becky Featheringill saying so long! May God bless you and your loved ones this holiest time of year! And may YOU put God first in all your celebrations; you will NOT regret it!
~Love in Christ, your friend, Becky, from Amite, Louisiana.