I know, it's only been about a year and a half since I blogged...would you accept that I'm trying to pace myself? Okay, the foremost reason for this delay is just that life has been happening in the Lear Family, especially over the past year or so.
If you haven't heard or read, our family has grown since the last blog. In 2010, we were blessed to have been allowed to adopt our second son, Michael. Like Brian (who is getting ready to turn 14 next month!!), Michael was adopted through the Foster Care System. Just in case you're wondering, there are more than 450,000 children in Foster Care today, and around 125,000 who are available for adoption...those numbers should not only make you shake your head, but, I pray, will spurn you to seek information about what you and your family can do for maybe just 1 of those children! Okay, I'll step off the soapbox for now...
Life in the Lear household has had many ups, many downs, and MANY learning points over the past year. Annette (my beautiful & awesome wife) stays very busy coordinating visits to all the professionals who are part of our lives. She really does live the life of a full-time social worker many weeks! Annette also is active in Stonecroft Bible Studies as a Leader, and she takes part in prayer group of moms who pray for their kids' schools. I thank God OFTEN for her and for our marriage!! Brian and Michael have done well, especially over the last several months, adapting to one another. They play video games together, swim, bike, and play games together...sounds like a wonderful life, huh? They really have grown together and act like lifelong brothers, for better or WORSE!
I have really been evaluating not only the past year, but life in general, since turning 40 in September. I haven't been doing this in a depressed state, but rather seeking God's will for the next how ever many years He allows me to serve Him. I'll share more about this in upcoming days...I promise it won't be a year and a half!!
I'll leave you with a quote from "The Pursuit of Holiness," which our staff is going through together: "It is possible for us to do the right action from a wrong motive, but this does not please God. Holiness has to do with more than mere acts. Our motives must be holy, that is, arising from a desire to do something simply because it is the will of God." Back to the stats on Foster Care...would you truly seek His will in what He would have your family do?