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When I wrote my last post I thought that I’d follow it up with telling about how much it hurt Amanda to be abandoned by her bio dad but the more I thought about it the more I realized that it’s not really my story to tell. Only Amanda really knows what that’s like. I know the frustration from a mother’s perspective of being unable to really get to the heart of what was wrong. But I think that today, what I really want to show you is where we are now. Because where we are now is a beautiful picture of God’s amazing faithfulness and love. He guided us through all the rough waters, met us when we really didn’t know what to do and has led Amanda to a place of abundance.

This is my girl now in college and she’s half of the hosting team for her college TV show. Her confidence completely amazes me and I’ve always admired her ability to completely light up a stage. (And you can watch her on REVtv.com, check the listings for RAW TV show times)

This past September all of the Buttons plus Amanda’s boyfriend, Daniel, met at my parent’s house in Birmingham so he could, well, meet the parents.

Seriously, how cute are they?

We spent part of an afternoon during that really short trip at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (it’s completely gorgeous and completely free btw).

We were kind of silly…at least Amanda was.

And we were also fascinated with all manner of tiny critters…

We talked and laughed and got to know Daniel a bit.

We liked him a lot.

My point in all of this is to give you a snapshot into our life now. We’ve had many obstacles to overcome but none of those obstacles were too difficult for God. When I look back on everything and see how bizarre and extreme it all was and look at things now it almost seems like a fairy tale but really it’s a miracle.

And now, I’ll leave you with this. Your situation is not too big for God to handle. You have not fallen so far, your loved ones have not fallen so far, your circumstances are not too difficult for God to guide you through them. Pray, ask for the miraculous, ask for wisdom, ask for God to speak to you in a way that you can hear him and understand what he’s saying, then obey.

“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure.

It is also peace loving,

gentle at all times,

and willing to yield to others.

It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” James 3:17