Saturday, July 07, 2007

Little Did We Know

Little did Carol and I know the challenges we would face when we adopted our special gifts from God, Matthew and Nathan.
We didn't know that we'd be dealing with ASD and FASD. We likely didn't even know what those abbreviations meant.
I just wanted to be a DAD to them.
Matthew has Asperger's Syndrome, an ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder condition.
Nathan deals with FASD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. It is relatively mild but the challenges are immense.
God knew what he was "in for" when He chose us, redeemed us and called us for Himself and yet He did it anyway.
When we were still in our sins, Christ died for us. He knew all about us and loved us anyway. What love! Thank you Father!


  1. WHEW ! What can one say ?

    The IMMENSITY of Divine Love, Divine Sacrifice, Divine Patience, Divine Faithfulness
    No words or even thoughts from this shallow mind can add to this post - a little bit like the quilt post to Heather - wow

    This blog site is just beginning to show the hidden depths of Divine Work ---- we must pray to protect this work here as the devil will want to "ruin" it -

  2. God knew what he was doing when he brought those boys into your family, that they would be a blessing to you both and you to them!

    oh by the way a little birdie told that your have a birthday mon?
    if so hope ya have a blessed one!

  3. What a privilege to be chosen by the Lord to be parents to these two precious boys! There is a purpose in everything which the Lord does. I am sure He has been glorified many times over by your and Carol's parenting of Nathan and Matthew.

  4. Thank you for sharing that!
    Lisa J

  5. Dear Pilgrim Father,
    what an immense task you've taken on. I only know professionally what challenges such children may be, but also what rewards they give in return.
    I can only bow in admiration that you can raise children that would need a whole staff of nurses to care for them.
    Being a dad, providing a home, with stability, love and care, that means a world of a difference.
    The boys look so safe, peaceful and contempt.
    You must have put down a great deal of effort to help them getting so far.
    I wish you all a blessed Lord's Day.

  6. They sound like fun...I pray that one day when I have a family, I can adopt children,'s something that's always been in my heart--maybe because of where I've come from. One day I'll tell you of my past...:)

    Lil Pilgrim Pal

  7. They are absolutely adorable!!
    God definitely knew what He was doing...I think that you've been blessings to each other.