Monthly Archives: September 2015

Monta and the Spirit of Adoption


You received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.  Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”          Romans 8:15b (NLT)

“How can a woman be pregnant with hope and give birth to a young lady?” I observed Lindsay, our daughter-in-law as she worshiped and raised her hands in adoration of her heavenly Father and watched this amazing event happen in a Christian women’s conference called Designed for Life!  Through an international organization three months later she, her husband Chris, and three daughters hosted over Christmas an eleven year old girl named Monta from Latvia.

It had taken a labor of faith and love in raising the funds for that to occur.  The following summer again with fund raisers such as baking multiple loaves of bread for sale with businesses assisting in fund raising as well, Lindsay and Chris accumulated enough funds to host Monta for six weeks.

During the following year, Chris studied hard to achieve a business master’s degree while working full time as an information technology specialist.  Lindsay is a homeschooling mom and a teacher with Classical Conversations once a week.  Yet the yearning to add another daughter/sister named Monta was embraced by the entire family.  In many hours of conversing with each other and separately, Katelyn, Elise and Alison, ages 8, 6 and 3 respectively were consulted and embraced the decision to enlarge their family.

This gigantic leap of faith involved Chris and Lindsay traveling half a world away to meet with the adoption agency there and then to meet Monta and live with them there for a month as the challenging process began.  In the meantime, both sets of grandparents took care of the girls at home.  Two shorter trips were also necessary to travel there.   Monta is now adopted into a new family who love her dearly.  Amazingly although now fourteen, she looks just like her sisters!

Monta also became part of a bigger family, This past summer at church youth camp, Monta became aware of God’s great love for her.  Later, her new mom and dad had the privilege of discussing this more deeply.  She responded by receiving Christ as her personal savior, the Spirit adopted her and now she calls Abba Father her Dad!  What a tremendous joy to know she is an integral part of two families forevermore!

God, what an awesome way you lead families and all the surprises you have in store for us.  You truly design us for life here and your heavenly realm.  How can I ever thank you enough for this beauty?




September 11, 2001 in Maui

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. Blessed are the  people he has chosen as his own.” Psalm 33:12 (God’s Word Translation)

“Mom, turn on your television.  A plane has just flown into the World Trade Center!” Chris was watching this unfold in Missouri and I was watching in Lahaina, Maui.  “Did you just see that?  Another plane flew into the second tower!” Shocked, we realized our country was under attack! I then called Larry .  Jeff, another son, was in Vermont.  We were all stunned with what we had just witnessed.

I had previously arrived back in Maui after taking a two year leave without pay from Lahainaluna High School to accompany my pastor-husband to Pennsylvania.  A teacher friend invited me to stay with her and another teacher helped me find an apartment.

Larry still in Pennsylvania took care of final church details while packing all our belongings again to be mailed or sold.  He was later to drive our car across country to be placed on a barge and then to fly out of California.

School was not called off and as I headed there in another teacher’s loaned car, I felt alone with no family presence.  I worried how Larry half a world away would undertake a huge journey that was logistically in peril. When would he now  get to me?

Faculty, staff, students and friends were just as concerned as I with the knowledge we were isolated in the middle of the Pacific.  We needn’t have worried, though, in that the high level of protection and defense was immediately felt by all in Hawaii.  A couple of weeks later, Larry arrived and stated that the trip from California to Hawaii had the most precautions with intense scrutiny by even an unexpected trip to another island before arriving in Maui.

Although the day was tragic, I have since been astounded by the provision of God with my Hawaiian ‘Hanai” family that ministered to me.  Although separated, Larry and I were also connected with God in His design of each for the other and both for the Lord.  What an awesome way God designs our lives, even in adversity!

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.  His truth is your shield and armor.  You do not need to fear terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day.” Psalm 91:4,5 (GW)  Dear Lord, help me to see your hand of protection upon me and upon us as a nation that was founded on that great fundamental truth, IN GOD WE TRUST!