Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Meet the Evans

Well, I am brand spanking new to the world of  bloggers but after the recent addition of a sweet little 4 yr. old Haitian boy to our family have had several request to start a blog. So, here we go!

I feel that our family is no different than the typical "American Christian" family, we go to church, say our prayers, read our bible, and try to raise ourselves and kids to bring glory to God.  We try and fail daily while God's mercy continues to forgive us and pull us back to his loving arms.  We live a comfortable lifestyle and have never had to go without a meal, or drink dirty water.  We live in the states where medicine is always available, and we take for granted how truly blessed we are.  We simply don't see the parts of the world that struggle to live on a daily basis.  We turn away from the photos because they make us feel guilty. Photos of people who are lucky to eat one meal a day, who walk miles for clean water, are up working way before sunrise, who stand in line for hours without complaining for medicine,  and who praise God with all they have because they truly NEED him to survive.  You see, we rarely are to the point in America where we actually NEED God to provide our next meal, or clean water; we just do it ourself. Up until October 2010 this lifestyle was normal to me,
then I went to Haiti for a week long mission trip which turned my world upside down.
I started to question everything about my "American" lifestyle.  You see, we are blessed to be a blessing, not to acquire more for ourselves.
I could not get the faces of those beautiful Haitian orphans out of my mind. I love being a mother and could not imagine my two boys having to live their lives without a mommy and daddy. I strongly believe that every child should have parents to tuck them in at night, wake them up in the morning, read them books, fix their boo boos, hug them when the are sad, rejoice with them when they are glad and show them Gods unconditional love.  While there are many wonderful orphanages some kids just need more, this is where Pierre comes into the story.
Pierre is a 4 yr old Haitian boy with Cerebral Palsy who lived at Mission of Hope orphanage up until last Wednesday when he came home to the states with our family, his family.  Oh the joy this little guy brings to our house, his smile will light up the darkest room and his laughter is contagious.  Yes, he has a long road ahead of him, but we will joyfully travel that road with him.  We will cheer with him as he meets his many milestones, when he finally uses his right hand, or sits up without that big head causing him to tip over:) We will pray for the day he walks but also be content if God does not have walking in His plans for Pierre.  For as we unfold this new chapter in our lives we are constantly reminded that we ALL have special needs.  We were all fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creators perfect hand. And I know that my God does not make mistakes, we are exactly who and where he intended us to be, all we have to do is say "yes" and then hold on tight for His ride will be marvelous.
Pierre joins his wonderful father, Rocky; his mommy, Lily; his goofy 8 yr old brother Blake; and his sweet pea 5 yr old brother Carter.  Welcome home Pierre!

10 comments:

  1. Beautifully written, Lily!! Congrats on the newest member of your family... I have enjoyed seeing the pictures and following your journey via Facebook. What a wonderful family to recognize and embrace the joy and blessings Pierre brings to your life.

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  2. So happy to have him home! I can't imagine where you're finding time to update a blog, but I hope you continue! Congratulations Evans family!

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    1. Me too! When u going to come meet him?

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  3. I am so glad you started a blog! My boyfriend, Ryan, and I got to spend time with Pierre when the hurricane came through Haiti in October. We were rained in so we went to the orphanage and one of my favorite memories of the hold trip was Ryan holding him and Pierre started singing Jesus Loves Me. We went back a couple more times just to see his sweet smile and sing with him. Praying for you and your family!

    ~Allyson Black

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    1. Awe, so glad you were able to hang out with all the lovely kids. He still sing Jesus Loves Me all the time!

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  4. I read Kisses from Katie a while back, she talks about how she is no different than any other Christ follower, she said she was just willing to be obedient. Just wanted you to know that regardless, God is writing an incredible story for you all. Pierre has touched so many lives in such a short amount of time. Praying for you and your family. So many people want to keep up with Pierre and what he is up to. Praying for your journey and your family of 5!!!

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    1. Thanks Kelsey, I recently read that book too! I absolutely loved it! Katie is an amazing lady, so glad for all the wonderful lives she has the privilege on being an impact on.

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  5. I am so glad that you started this blog! My son and I were so blessed to meet Pierre in February. We fell in love with him and were so excited to hear that he had a forever family waiting for him! When we heard you were trying to get his Visa, we prayed, and when we learned he was going home, we rejoiced! But we were a little sad because we knew we might never hear about Pierre on this side of heaven again. Now I can tell my 10 year old (whose favorite part of his first mission trip was meeting Pierre) that we can follow his story.

    Our family is also adopting (from Ukraine) so even those who had not met Pierre cheered when I told them that you had taken him home. We look forward to following your story and we will continue to pray for you and rejoice with you on your journey.

    Cissa

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    1. We had quite a few request to start this blog so hopefully I can keep it up to date. Pierre has touched so many lives, we call him our little rock star because he has such a following! Blessings to you and your family in the adoption process, I know it can be straining.

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