Friday, January 9, 2015

He Changed Everything...


That's Brighton Asher Hoffman right there.

Seven years ago today Laura was working at GA Tech and I was at home working in the home office when the phone rang.

We had Vonage at the time and the caller ID showed the number for the agency we were using to adopt Brighton. Something didn't seem right and my stomach dropped.

I don't remember who I talked to - but I do remember the room spinning and me hearing "Brighton didn't make it... Brighton didn't make it..." over and over in my head.

Then I had to pull it together and do the single hardest thing I have ever had to do - call up Laura and tell her Brighton had passed away.

Most of you guys know the rest of the story.

Now - we try to get back to Ethiopia - at least once a year to visit his country, his homeland... his grave.


Because that's important to us. It's super important to us that we never forget. Ever.

So we talk about him a lot - and remember how much God worked through him.

In big crazy ways...


Like having Meron wear the same pajamas that Brighton had worn and that picture making its way to us...

Only You God...

And we do other things like pray for the land we love, the people who live there and the kids like Brighton in need of something more.

We send formula to feed babies.

We feed kids on major holidays.


We take teams of people to visit and see more of the country that has rocked our worlds. And to visit Brighton's grave.

And we will never, ever, ever stop doing what we do.

Tonight, I asked the goofball gang to sit together so I could take a picture of them for the blog.

I ain't gonna lie... I looked through that viewfinder and the tears just started flowing.


So much happiness. So much love. So much joy and redemption just oozing off of that couch.

And God sits at the core of it all - with Brighton.

Yeah - of course I would have loved to see that little dude grow up, play ball with him, watch him become what he was made to be.

But hindsight is always 20/20 - and knowing what I know now - I am not sure I would change a thing.

Because that day - in that spinning office - in that moment of fear, pain, anger, hurt and shock - God laid out an opportunity for me to enter into a deeper, richer, lovlier and holier relationship with Him than I could have ever imagined.

And not a single thing about my life has been the same since.

God... thank you. Thank you for sending us Brighton. Thank you for breaking our hearts and then making them new again. And thank you for the glimpse into Your heart that You have given us.

Without Brighton... my view is so so different.

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