The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” is certainly true. In fact, I would say it takes a village to shape and mold us throughout our lives not only in childhood. I’m grateful for our “village”--the people our God has graciously placed in our lives to help mold and shape us into who He desires us to become. On April 2nd, surrounded by many from our village, we rejoiced as Brooks Avery legally became a Miller! He is now officially our son, and an heir to all we have been given. As I pondered his position as an “heir” and as I looked around at the faces of those who came to support us and welcome Brooks, I felt an overwhelming gratitude for the village this little boy was inheriting and the unique impact they would have on his life!
Each person who came to Brooks’ celebration or who expressed their love and support through distance, is a person who the Lord purposely intersected with our lives to teach, love, challenge, encourage, and grow us. Many have shaped our lives and, thus, directly or indirectly shaped the lives of our children. I realize that, for the most part, we have had very little to do with creating our village. It has been made up of the families we happened to be born or adopted into, neighbors we happened to move by, co-workers who happened to be hired with us, clients who happened to call us, and strangers who happened to become friends. Yet, I know that all these “happenings” aren’t by chance. Whether seemingly good or bad in the moment, these relationships were set into motion by a good God with a great plan and a good purpose for us and for our Brooks! So, today, we give praise where praise is due, to our Good Father, for His kind and gracious gift of an incredible village--of which you are a part--and for the gift of our new son and village member! May we all, as members of this village, continue to be used by our Creator to mold and shape one another into the people He created us to be!
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created” (James 1:17-18)
If you’d like to see more pictures from our adoption celebration, we’d be happy to share them! Please just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll send them your way!
By Katie Miller
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