Two days ago (May 9th), my nephew, Robert Angelo was born. Robert is an amazing addition to the family and fortunately, Cecilia Ann is more than excited to have a baby brother.
I am blessed to have two beautiful sisters, a great father and a wonderful extended family. In addition, I have the privilege to be called "Uncle Mark" by Cecilia and now, by Robert. Actually, it might take a few months for Robert to start calling me anything. However, I think you understand.
Just as I have been blessed with a loving family, so have Cecilia and Robert. My sister and her husband are not flawless, nobody is, but they love their two children more than anything else. I am anxious to see my niece and nephew grow up with the guidance of their loving parents.
In a perfect world, every child would have loving parents- a mother and a father that cared about them more than anything else. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world. 18.3 million children have lost both of their parents and have become orphaned. In addition, hundreds of thousands more children are abandoned each year.
Although we do not live in a perfect world, we have a more than perfect God. A perfect God who freely gives his perfect love to us, to the orphaned and to the abandoned children in this world. A perfect God who is the eternal Father to us, to the orphaned and to the abandoned children in this world.
As thankful as I am that Cecilia and Robert will grow up with two wonderful parents, I am far more thankful that they will grow up with one wonderful God.
The same wonderful God that has blessed me with my family here in the United States has also blessed me with a 'family' in Guatemala. I have a lot more brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews in my Guatemalan family. In 2 weeks, I will say goodbye to my family here in the U.S. and say "hola" to my family in Guatemala.
No, I am not half Guatemalan (I would love that). However, I have been adopted into a Guatemalan family. Actually, I have been adopted into an orphanage. A home full of abandoned children, more importantly, a home full of love. This love has been given to us by our Father and I am blessed to experience it with both of my families.
As thankful as I am that I am called 'Uncle Mark' by the two beautiful children (pictured above), I am equally thankful that I am called 'Marcos, Tio, and hermano' by more than 50 beautiful children in Guatemala.