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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. What a wonderful Christmas story! Another orphan rescued by a carpenter. It is good for us to celebrate the Advent of the One who rescues us. Thank you, Jen!

  2. Jen, this is beautiful! You and your family have received “the gift” of those who know by their own very personal experience what this is like. There is nothing like a special child to illuminate your mind and heart regarding who God is and how much he loves his children.
    My new favorite Christmas song is “Mary Did You Know?” Every time I hear the line about Mary kissing the face of God I think of how close kissing the face of one of his special kids comes to how she must have felt. When I kiss the tiny face of our little 2 year old granddaughter, Hazel, (she has a severe case of spina bifada) I feel it and I know how precious this gift is. God bless each and every one of you in this beautiful, selfless, Christ-like journey.

  3. Wow…it’s hard to type while looking at the screen through tears. Thanks for sharing this inspiring story about a blessed little boy. Your sister-in-law’s words about it being the hardest delivery says it well. So often we think this is the easy way- it’s not!
    Blessings as your family enjoys a new gift this Christmas. 🙂

  4. The tears keep coming. I keep staring at that sweet face and just praising God for this little boy. God is so faithful. So good. So wonderful. I am so happy this little boy has a home where he will be loved and cherished. And taught about Jesus. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

  5. Jen, this is just the most beautiful expression of love and sacrifice I’ve ever seen. You have a beautiful family. I’d love to know your parents. They have brought up some very special children. May God richly bless you all!

  6. What a wonderful story! There are so many children in orphanages all over the world that need homes. I hope this will inspire us all to really consider making a home for one.

  7. Thank you for sharing this story. It really touched my heart. I will forever pray for this sweet little man.
    Thank you Jen.
    Merry Christmas

  8. Oh, how this moves my heart. We are a family through the miracle of adoption and each life is truly a gift. Thank you for sharing Edison’s story.

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