This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

16 December 2009

"I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth."  Job 19:25

Today we went up to the top of Corcovado mountain to see one of Rio's (and the world's) most famous monuments:  Cristo Redentor, Christ the Redeemer, which is visible from many points of the city.  To get to the top of the mountain, we rode the Trem do Corcovado, a 30 minute train trip through the forest up to the top of the mountain.  At almost twice the height of the Pão de Açúcar, the views of the city are perhaps even more spectacular from Corcovado than they were during yesterday's adventure.

The statue is also pretty spectacular!  Although it was really hot and crowded and we didn't stay too long at the summit, we hope that the visit is something the kids will be able to look back on and remember fondly.  Not only is the statue an instantly recognizable symbol of their birth country, which I hope will make them proud every time they see it represented in the future, but it is also a vivid visual reminder that Christ is indeed their Redeemer!

We have been lucky that our kids are interested in the Bible and in Christ's death for their salvation.  As I write this, though, I am reminded that it is through Christ's salvation that we have all been adopted into God's family as His children.  This is our example as we start our own earthly family through adoption.

May we all grow to be more Christ-like as we learn to be a family.

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