My good friend Betsy, of Essence Photography, recently took these incredible pictures of Malea and it got me thinking that I haven’t shared an update with you on our adoption process. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about start by reading THIS POST). So today I’m going to take the liberty to do something a little different and I’m going to share these pictures of my adorable princess, while I tell you all about our new daughter and how incredibly faithful God is.
On July 27th, we moved into our new home, the one the Lord had been preparing for us (click HERE for that story), then on August 31st, our “Gabriella” moved in with us. It’s crazy that it all happened so quickly, but from the beginning I knew in my heart that everything was going to happen this last August. God is so faithful.
The transition to our new house and having a new daughter in the family has been wonderful. It’s definitley different having a teenager and a 4 year old, but it’s also a lot of fun. The week after “Gabriella” moved in she started school at one of our local churches. They have a ministry school that she felt called to go to, and even though she is so young, they accepted her because the leaders of the school also felt like she was supposed to be there. It has been SO AMAZING to see God moving in her life. He has spoken so much to her, given her dreams, affirmed her, showed her what her identity in Him looks like, how he has redeemed her from her awful past, and so much more! The way God is speaking to her is beyond what I could have hoped for.
I think the hardest transition for her has been adjusting to having a 4 year old sister. Malea loves her so much but “Gabriella” has never really spent time with younger kids, and never really had the opportunity to be a kid herself, so Malea can be overwhelming to her. We are working with both of them, and teaching them both to have grace for one another, and there has been a noticeable difference in the last couple of weeks. In the end love always wins so I know they will end up loving each other, working together to fight sex trafficking, and be great friends. They are both incredible girls, with Malea’s love of people and “Gabriella’s” desire to see sex trafficking come to an end, I know God has big plans for them. It’s no accident they are sisters and I know they will end up being a powerful team!
Having a teenager has also been an adjustment for Matt and I. We’ve had to have conversations we weren’t planning on having for YEARS! But God is so good and I’ve been shocked at how well He had prepared us for those conversations, even though we didn’t know He was doing that. More than anything this new chapter of our lives has made me realize how good God is and how much He has blessed us. I am so blessed to have such a loving, patient husband, with such a Father’s heart for our girls. It’s going to be hard for them to find husbands after having such an incredible dad!
Even though Gabriella has moved in and is already our daughter, it is not legal yet. Right now she is living with us, as approved by her current guardian. All the proper paperwork has been submitted to the court and we are waiting for them to approve everything. We will probably be having a home study soon, and I imagine we will also have to take a trip down to her original hometown, for an actual court hearing. We would be so grateful for your prayers that this process would go quickly and smoothly. We can’t wait for the day that she is “officially” a Moseley!
Our next challenge is continuing to grow as a family but also to continue our work with the girls at the safe house. I know it’s a struggle for “Gabriella” because she just got out of there, so to want to go back up is hard for her. But I know that as a family we are called to spread awareness of sex trafficking and be there for those that have come out of it and are on a healing journey. I know God gave us our new house because He wants us to fill it with His daughters, those that need love, need to see what family looks like, and need restoration.
I hope to one day be able to share pictures of our entire family but for now I cannot share pictures of our Gabriella for safety reasons. Thank you all, SO MUCH, for your prayers and your encouragement, it is your prayers that helped bring her to us, and for that we are eternally thankful!
I’ve received a few comments about these adorable pictures of Malea so I wanted to add this disclosure:
I would never want anything to happen to either of my daughters. Malea is a beautiful, innocent little girl and she loves all things princess. I found a photo shoot similar to this on Pinterest and I knew that she would have so much fun doing it. I posted these pictures, not so they could end up in the wrong hands, but to put her innocence on display while telling the story of how God is restoring innocence in our other daughter. Innocence, and childhood are a beautiful thing and it’s something we feel, should be put on display for the world to see. If we choose to hide innocence, then we are choosing to live in fear. I cannot chose to live in fear because in a world that’s over-sexualized, we have to somehow display God’s love, and His story.