Last week we were finally able to come to the hospital and see our daughter Anastasia “Asia” Elaine Sloan. It’s been quite a ride.
People have been asking me what it’s like to be a dad. What feelings do I have for my new adopted daughter. Keep in mind that I have nothing to compare it to but it feels just like I imagined having a child would. Emotions of awe and beauty come over me every time I lay my eyes on her. I feel a deep sense of pride in her little accomplishments like growing an ounce or moving her tiny head around. When I hold her, and she snuggles her face into my shoulder, my heart pounds out of my chest. So what’s it like having an adopted daughter? You should try it. It will change you.
We are still here in the NICU spending time with and caring for Asia. She has had some struggles in her first few weeks but is on her way to making a full recovery and should be able to go home very soon. We are as ready as new parents can be- so not ready at all! We are looking forward to introducing our Asia to our new home, our church family, our extended family and to this great big world. Since we first learned that we would be adopting this little girl, we have been praying a passage of Scripture for her from Colossians 1:9-14. We ask that you join us in praying this prayer over our daughter. May every word ring true for her.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.