Friday, May 16, 2008

Mother's Day

Braves Game, Rocks, Family Dedication

Wow, my first Mother's Day! What a beautiful day. It also ended up being Baby Dedication for Sophie, how appropriate. My whole family was there for the service and then we spent the afternoon at my mom's house. Marc's family lives out of town and his dad has been in the hospital, so they weren't able to be there. (His dad is now recovering from surgery- please keep him in your prayers). It was so sweet and encouraging to see everyone's excitement for me, especially my family. I didn't realize how long and deeply they had been waiting for me to become a mom too. I think they may have enjoyed the day more for me than for themselves.

Being a mom has been incredible these 5 months. Its so strange that I can barely remember what life was like before Sophie. It has been an adjustment but one that has brought nothing but joy and thankfulness. The Lord has been so good to us and my biggest desire now is to be faithful in this new role. Sophie is a precious life that has been entrusted to us to care for, protect, nurture and especially to bring up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. What an accountability partner!! There is no bigger accountability than to know that the way I live out the things I say I believe, will directly affect the life of my child and the way she views God. Of course this is too tall an order to think I can carry myself, I have got to walk by faith in His grace. It is only by His grace that I can be a faithful mother.

Please enjoy the pictures of this beautiful child. My word, she is beautiful! I've told several people that as we were dreaming of Sophie before we ever saw her picture I would automatic picture a beautiful Chinese baby with pig-tails. Then I would have to say outloud to Marc, "Ok, she might not be cute at all, so I need to stop picturing this perfect little child. She's going to be precious to us no matter what she looks like." Well, not that it matters (it might even make things even harder:-)) but I think we may have gotten the cutest baby in China!! (but I know all of us mothers think so). We'll have to post another video soon so you can see her little personality too.

God Bless you all. Thank you for being interested in our lives.



Anonymous said...

How beautiful! She really is an adorable little thing! I'm so happy for you guys! Has it been only 5 seems to me like you've had Sophie much longer, too :-). Blessings to you...stacey

Jennifer said...

My favorite picture is the one where she's sitting on the rocks with her little pink crocs on. She is beautiful and Zoe could use some of Sophie's hair. Could you send some up this way? ;)

Jennifer G.

Shelley said...

Oh Sherry,
She is beautiful!! How precious...what a blessed family!!

lauren elizabeth said...

sherry you do have the most beautiful baby in china! I love the updates and sophie's story has been such a rich encouragement to me in my walk with the lord.

praying from new orleans!


Katie Redfern said...

You don't know me, but my husband & I are friends with Mason & Cindy. We went to school with Mase & then Cindy came on staff while we were still there. Mark (my husband) even played the guitar in their wedding... I think Marc sang, too, if I remember correctly...? Anyway, I found your blog via your facebook group. We're adopting too, & thru AWAA! :) I've been reading along with the blog for months, but didn't know you were an AW family until just today--very cool! :) We love them! We just received our referral (2 wks ago) for our little baby boy from Ethiopia, & are waiting for news about when to travel... maybe August? Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a line & tell you how much I enjoy your blog! I loved following along & seeing your videos when you were in China, especially & I love all the videos you post now of Sophie. Sweet!!

Blessings to you all!