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Reading Through the Eyes of Hope reminded me of many years ago, when we first traveled to Vietnam to adopt our daughter Gracie, Brian and I met a little girl who had been born with no legs (not even nubs) and had several other birth defects (fused fingers, etc.) I remember when we had to fill out our adoption paperwork, it asked us if we would be willing to adopt a child with special needs, and there were checklists of things that you would be willing to take, or not. It was really hard to fill out that paperwork. After all, if you give birth to a child, you don’t get to choose which birth defects you’re willing to live with, deal with, handle. As a young couple with a little girl already at home, we did select some more minor birth defects that we thought we’d be OK with and able to get help for (considering insurance, etc.)
Then we traveled to Vietnam and our adoption group met, spent time with, and grew to love little Ninh. She may have looked different than most other little kids because of her lack of legs, but that girl entered our hearts and, sixteen years later, she’s still in mine. We loved her both in spite of – and because of – her special needs! I still think of her often and wonder where she is today (I know she’s here in the states somewhere and that she did get prosthetic legs thanks to the Shriners, but I haven’t heard an update for years).
Anyway, it was during that trip that I realized that we could not only handle a child with special needs, but we could love them dearly! And while none of our children have specific special needs, I have such a heart for children who do.
Understand how God turns tragic circumstances into something beautiful for His glory, while you love more, complain less, and see God at work in the most unlikely of places.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.HEBREWS 11:1, MEV
Heidi Says . . .
I had seen Lacey’s video floating around Facebook earlier this year, so when I was contacted about an advance copy of her book, I was glad for the opportunity to learn more about this special family. I received the book and sat is aside for a few weeks – I’m not even sure why – but once I picked it up and started reading it, I could barely put it down.
I knew, just from the video, that Lacey was a special person and a great mother. Reading the book just cemented that. I’m afraid if presented with the same set of circumstances that Lacey was presented with, that I would have panicked. However, she handled her circumstances with grace. She has learned to deal with the nasty comments that her family receives and she loves her children so well. She has become an advocate, not just for her own son, but for children with special needs everywhere.
Through the Eyes of Hope was such a heartwarming, lovely story to read. I loved learning more about Lacey, her husband Chris, and their journey with Christian and their second son, Chandler. God definitely had/has a big plan for Christian’s life and He placed him in the perfect family for him! I’ll be watching over the years to see what wonderful things come from this family!
2017 is the perfect year to add this book to your reading list! You won’t be disappointed!
If you would like to learn more about Lacey and Christian, you can follow them on Facebook.
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