Sunday May 17 was an amazing day! It was the day that the Lord placed into our loving arms, through the miracle of adoption – our newest daughter – Christiana Michelle Lambdin. Unlike the days our other children came into our lives, I was actually all “showered, shampooed & shining” for this momentous occasion. We drove three hours from Nashville, Tennessee and arrived at the home of our hostess, Kim in time to get freshened up before heading over to the agency – Life Choices – who just “happened” to be having an Open House that afternoon. We met the staff and toured their impressive facility which offers a full range of services for women experiencing crisis pregnancies – everything from ultrasounds, counseling, prenatal and parenting classes to adoption services, financial, clothing and housing assistance for both women and men who are walking through an unexpected or crisis pregnancy. It stirred up a passion that has long lived in my heart to see this type of organization exist in my own hometown. Nothing about our entire three day in Tennessee was “accidental” but merely the providence of God bringing together our passion for life into our pursuit of adoption. There are so many things I could share and hopefully will have time soon to do that.
After our tour of the facility we met with the adoption counselors to sign papers and review information concerning our adoption of this sweet baby girl. We the drove over to the home of the family that has been lovingly caring for Christiana for her first six weeks. We were joined there by several staff and board members of Life Choices as well as the cradle care family. We had a time of scripture reading –
“For you formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You for I am fearfully & wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows very well.”
and sharing by the adoption client counselor, Amanda who worked with the our birth Mom; Rebecca , the Mom who has been caring for our dear baby and both Dan & myself. It was an emotional time of sharing as we each realized the hand of God in the adoption of this child. We were then led in a time of prayer by George, the cradle care Dad who having personally experienced the adoption of his three children, brought the room to tears with his heartfelt prayer for our family and this precious baby. They then presented Dan & me with the most beautiful and sweet baby girl who we held and loved as everyone in the room basked in the joy and presence of the Lord during this miraculous moment.
We enjoyed sweet fellowship with everyone before heading out the door (and to Walmart to purchase bottles – minor detail!) to begin our adoption journey and a new chapter of our lives as the parents of eight blessings from the Lord. We will always remember this special day as a stellar one in the Lambdin family.