First, I want to thank all the people at Hope for your support, encouragement, and prayers as we became a family this past year. We realized how much community matters in the adoption process – especially now that we’re figuring out what family looks like.
“Zoe and Zaryah, you are now the children of Drew and Kelly Zuehlke, not only from this day forward, but as if you were born to them.”
The words of the judge on our adoption day struck straight to my heart. These girls are ours and have been ours. In fact, their birth certificates have been reprinted so it legally states that they have always been our daughters. I have been continually restored by this reminder that our God chose for us to be born into his family. He wants us. The Gospel is an adoption story.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1:3-10
Over Christmas break, Zoe was sitting with her cousin and I got to hear this short exchange:
Cousin: So we’re like real cousins now
Zoe: Yeah! The judge said so!
Cousin: So we can hang out this summer and every summer after that?
Zoe: Yeah, we’re family forever.
Zoe: You know, like how God made us all his family. We’re family like that! Forever kind of family.
Cousin: Good. I want to play in the lake with you this summer.
This is the first part of a four week series where I explore what it means to be adopted and while I’ve learned from my daughters.