Saturday, March 5, 2011

One Less

THIS post is all about shouting some hallelujahs and doing a bloggy-celebration-dance and drinking some virtual glasses of celebratory drinks together BECAUSE the Shubins are now FULLY FUNDED.  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!  In less than two weeks, David and Erica will get on a plane and go meet Zahra, a little 4-ish year old girl destined in the wisdom of God to become a member of their family.  Please hop over to Erica's blog to bask in the radiant joy oozing out of her pores.  What a year it has been!  I'm still crying happy tears here over knowing that Zahra will soon know the family who loves her deeply already, the family who has fought for her and prayed daily for her and worked hard on her behalf and have promised to do so all the rest of her days as they receive her as a gift from the Lord into their number.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have prayed for the Shubins and for Zahra as God does the work of knitting their lives together via adoption (don't stop now!), who have contributed financially to help knock down the obstacle of fees standing between little Z and her family, who have written notes of encouragement along the way, or have become a part of this story in some other way.  What a privilege God has given us!  When we were in the process of adopting our son Paul, we set up an account that we named "One Less Orphan."  One more "less" at a time is a big part of our family mission...seeing orphans grafted into Christian homes where they will be raised up to know, love, enjoy, and serve the King of all kings is our family's middle name, you might say.  So we're rejoicing today because after a year of praying and working and encouraging, we know that in a couple short weeks now there will be "one less!"

On another happy note, this past week my girls and I got to spend some time with another little one you may have read about at Christmastime on my blog.  She has an amazing story too!  I'll leave you with just a few pics:
Me, getting to hold little Harper Noel Marl for the first time :-)...
She's already a couple months old.  
Crazy days kept me away far longer than I wanted, 
but I sure enjoyed soaking her in on Sunday.

My precious Melita, 
also known as the junior baby hog
(I still hold the "queen baby hog" title),
getting to snuggle up with her.
My Bekah, thrilled to get a turn
(yes, Queen baby hog and Junior baby hog CAN share).
Oh, and this is her blog debut in her new glasses.
Isn't she adorable?

Oh, and speaking of adorable, check out this last picture:
Amanda (Mommy) and Harper, both glowing!
We continue to praise God for knitting little Harper Noel into this family!

Working towards "One less" as God enables,


  1. Oh yea!!!! Love it :) That is one cutie patootie!!! :)

  2. Awesome post, Connie! Will Zahra come home when the Shubins come back, too?

  3. Beautiful!!!! Thank you friend. You are such a huge part of Zahra's story, our family story, and we're so thankful for you. Thank you for continuing to bless us, thank you for loving on our kids while we're away. THANK YOU!!! To God be the glory forever and ever!!