Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Birthday Zoe Girl!

Krysta Zoe Mirna Aracely is now 8 years old!!!!

We met Zoe when she was still six. She was this tiny, skittish wisp of a girl. She was a irony of emotions-so strong and so scared. Completely loving and yet withdrawn. We were all scared. Here it was before us... a new life. An arranged marriage of sorts. She would be in our lives forever and we had just met.

Even then I could see what she would be. She was and still is strong and vibrant. Her personality can only be described as dynamic. She never feels her emotions in pastels. It is always hot pink, blood red or pitch black.

We fell in love with our sassy pixie.. our Guatemalan Super Model. We were so grateful- so very grateful that the fear didn't win. Here we had a miracle. The truth we don't think about is that miracles are almost always scary. Was Moses scared when he stood in front of the Red Sea with everything he loved and an army behind him? I am sure he was terrified. Was Mary scared when she found out she was pregnant with Jesus and she wasn't even married yet? Of course she was. The essence of miracles is depending on something bigger than ourselves to make something extraordinary happen in our lives.

We went through a year of visits in hotels. We had Zoe's first birthday party ever in the Marriott in Guatemala City. Some of you were actually there visiting your little miracles and came to her party. It was a hard year. It was joyful and painful year. It was without a doubt the most wonderful and life changing thing I have ever done. I literally became a different person inside in the course of this journey. God worked a miracle- saved a life- changed our lives forever. I'm eternally grateful.

Krysta Zoe means - Divinely Chosen Life

Zoe- Life

It's the essence of who she is. She is LIFE in a little body. So sweet, so dramatic and full of joy. She has taken her past and overcome it. She knows faith in God at a deeper level than so many of us at her young age. She is no accident. She is ours. Divinely Chosen Vibrant LIFE!

We are so blessed. We are the ones who are blessed to have her.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

For all of you out there.... don't let fear stop you from seeing a miracle in your life this year.

Love, Angel


Wyatt & Daisy said...

I don't know you, but I could have sobbed as I read your blog today. That is so precious. James 1:2 says, Consider it all JOY as you face those trials... It sounds like that's exactly what you've done, and there will be blessings eternal.
Thank you for sharing.

Ellie Puls said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZOE! You are truely a Angel for your family...


Lou- Http:\\ said...

I am still sobbing reading this! Your post from today was so amazing and it touched my heart in such a wonderful way. Happy Birthday you sweet beautiful Zoe! She is a miracle and love just pours from her eyes!

Waiting for my own miracle,

The McKenzie Crew said...

OK - ya know I am crying my head off at this post.
Zoe has a gift - it just shines through her!

Please give her a big birthday hug from me!!!!!!!!

I love you all!


Crystal said...

oooh my goodness I am crying too--this post is just so so so beautiful--I became a differant person thru this adoption journey too--amazing eh?--just amazing!!! I love your family so so so beautiful--you can see Jesus light shining all over the place!!! I love it!!!

Carrie said...

Happy Birthday Zoe! She looks so beautiful in the magenta dress! She is just gorgeous and full of life! What a wonderful birthday celebration this year! Much happiness and love to all of you! You write so eloquently. You know the perfect thing to say and right from the heart.

We are grateful for our little miracle everyday!

Carrie, Rich, and Savannah

jeneflower said...

Happy Belated Birthday! What a special day to have a birthday! She is so beautiful- inside and out!

A Special Family said...

I am crying happy tears for you!!!

Stephanie (Maya's mommy) said...

What a beautiful post!!!! And what a beautiful girl!!! Happy belated birthday Zoe. You have big things ahead of you!!!