A little over 14 years ago I met the most incredible person. She was just a wee little baby then, but even in the moments just after giving birth to her, I knew I loved her like crazy and couldn't wait to see who she would become.
She was quiet as a toddler, happy to play by herself and use her imagination. She spent hours playing with her babies and Barbies, caring for them, feeding them, and loving on them. She'd give you the shirt off her back if she thought you needed it, or even just liked it. We knew even back then that she was becoming a nurturer.
This girl has a tender heart for those in need, so it wasn't surprising while we were adopting Katie Mei that she spearheaded The Knitting Project and had us all knit scarves to send over to older orphans. She was becoming a ambassador of love and caring.
When she and I went to China this Spring to love on and serve orphans living at a Special Needs Orphanage, we really had no idea what to expect. I was pretty sure that at 14 it might be pretty hard to love on little kids with an array of special needs. I was pretty sure that it might be tiring for a 14 year old to love and serve and give, day after day. And while I was correct in my thinking, it was hard at times, this 14 year old gave her heart and her hands and her love, hour after hour after hour. She was becoming a servant.
This little girl wasn't always easy to love on. She could be demanding and hard to understand, but what was clear is that she loved the older girls and wanted to be with them. She wanted to be physically close and she wanted to be loved. And so this 14 year old loved on her, patiently, consistently and with the love of Christ in her eyes.
Often times I wouldn't see my girl for hours on end . . . I was busy somewhere else in the Orphanage and it would be awhile before I'd go looking for my girl. And then I'd find her somewhere like this, with someone like this:
I look back on this young girl, fueled by a desire to help older orphans in China
And now see this
A young woman who is becoming more and more like Jesus. I'm thankful for Kelsey . . . and I'm thankful for a God who loves her and stretches her and provides her amazing opportunities to be used by Him and for Him!
This post is part of Sunday Snapshot . . . a round up of bloggers sharing Snapshots of their family, their life, and their faith.