Saturday, April 12, 2014

Celebrating Eight

All this pain,

I wonder if I'll ever find my way?

I wonder if my life could really change at all?

All this earth,

Could all that is lost ever be found?

Could a garden come up from this ground at all?

You make beautiful things,

You make beautiful things out of the dust.

You make beautiful things, 

You make beautiful things out of us.

All around,

Hope is springing up from this old ground.

Out of chaos life is being found in You.

You make beautiful things,

You make beautiful things out of the dust.

You make beautiful things,

You make beautiful things out of us.

Oh, you make beautiful things,

You make beautiful things out of the dust.

You make me new, 

You are making me new

(Beautiful Things, Michael Grungor)

Today has been a day of celebration!

This beautiful little girl turned eight years old, and we are so proud of her!
I can't wait to share an update on how well S  has been doing these past few weeks.
She has made so much progress, and I am so thankful for all of you who have been praying for her.

We've seen a sparkle return to those beautiful brown eyes of hers.
We've seen that precious smile and heard her sweet laughter more and more.
And we are so very, very glad that the Lord chose her to be part of our family!

I never in a million years could have imagined
what life would look like with
eight kids

One, two, three...

Occasionally, I lose one {especially my mischievous, littlest brown-eyed beauty}, but not today! Today, they are all accounted for!

Four, five, six, seven,

This week we had even more reason to celebrate!
We are celebrating eight!

Since Haddon was born, we have had to update our home study, our medicals, and our fingerprints. We've been waiting for a call from our adoption agency, expecting to hear that our court date would be soon and that we would be traveling later this summer to bring Faith Ana home. But, instead, we got a phone call with even crazier news...

She's already ours! We've already passed court! 
Faith Ana is officially the newest Blackmon! 

And she's coming home soon! Lord-willing, I will bring her home in early June!

I will share more when I find the time!!!

In the meantime, these guys are keeping me busy!

But I wouldn't trade these precious days for anything in the world.

Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be the big things that you do - but the one little person you love.
Ann Voskamp



  1. such a fun update! lots to be thankful for! praising the Lord with you, friend.

  2. Congratulations! What a nice surprise to have already passed court! Sophi looks so healthy and happy and it will be wonderful to see your new daughter home!

  3. What a beautiful post, Melanie! Of course, I am dying to know why, if you passed court in early April, you are not going on pick-up until June. I'm hoping that is your preferred timeline instead of an imposed waiting period! We were told 3-4 weeks between court and pick-up? Either way, congratulations, Sophi is indeed beautiful and looks so happy, as do the rest of your bunch. :)