Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Let Me Tell You A Love Story (Oh, It’s A Good One!)

There was once a girl named Steph

And a boy named Joel

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I know them both well as I worked with them when I lived at the House of Life and Hope in Magdalena, Mexico and I had the opportunity to room with Steph.

Although always changing, here is a picture of all the roomies at one point.

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Steph and Joel irritated each other at first…

But as God grew them both…

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They developed an appreciation for each other.

Fast forward a few years, Steph was deeply in love with the sibling group of four that had been entrusted to her for over three years…

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and then felt the Lord moving in her heart to adopt them.  At first, she dismissed it because she wanted these kids to have a father.  God kept working and Steph rejoiced and moved forward with adopting these four.

As for Joel, well, he was just hanging around, having grown a DEEP appreciation for Steph and with a love in his heart for those four children as well. Conveniently enough for Joel, the kids loved to be with him.  ;)

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Joel asked Steph to marry him. Steph said yes…eventually (another story for another time).  :) 

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as an engaged couple, Joel and Steph moved forward with the adoption.

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And then this weekend under the Mexican, desert sun…

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These four stood in front of church, holding hands, watching their future Mama and Papa forever promise their lives to each other, in the presence of God.

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And that is what I call a HAPPY ending beginning.

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10 comments:

Jarrin.. Raquel.. Rach.. Rachil.. said...

loved the story am! :-] bien hecho! :-]

Aaron and Jill said...

That is an awesome story!

Peggy said...

WONDERFUL! Praise God for His unspeakable goodness and gifts!

Wells L said...

So special - so cute!!! LOVE that they drove off in a gator!!! Too cute!!!!! I hope they have a lifetime of happiness and love!

Todd ~ Teresa said...

GOD IS SO GOOD!

Lisa said...

That made me cry! Thanks for sharing a good story!

Kristi said...

oh, geesh... I'm crying! What a great God we serve!

Jessica said...

So cool to finally hear that story! Thanks!

Jane said...

This story brings me to TEARS of joy and praise!!! I was not a roommate to Steph, but I did share a bed with her over the weekend of Jim Klotzle's wedding in Altadena, so I know what a sweet girl she is. I had not heard of Steph's engagement or marriage, so thanks for sharing on FB. This is a love story x 5, and God be glorified!!!

teresa said...

praising God! so thankful for this special couple and their 4 kidlets.