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next up… i have adoption on my heart and on my mind. it has blessed me to bless others who are adopting right now. the Lord has truly laid on my heart to give (and i mean give MONEY. that's a hard one for many people. for me, too) when it's not the easiest to give. He is faithful and He is my provider. today, i am so excited to share with you some adoption stories and journeys that have blessed me so much. would you join me in supporting them and praying for them?
Who are we?
Well, I'm a Take Heart blog reader, for one! And I'm about to become a mama! My husband and I are a seemingly typical young married couple. We live in a two-bedroom house, we have a dog, and our yard holds a grill that is known to make our neighbors mouths' water when we fire it up. Now, we are having our first baby! But I'm not pregnant. We are adopting from Taiwan.
Why are we adopting?
Why are we adopting?
Many people discover adoption after the heartbreak of infertility, but this is not our story. We feel called to adopt. Currently, statistics state that there are over 147 million orphans in the world. Originally, our plan was to adopt later in life with a larger bank account and bigger house. But there are over 147 million children who want mommies and daddies right now. They don't care that we drive older cars or that our yard is small. So we are adopting to love a child without parents. To make him or her eat their veggies and clean their room. To teach them about love and Jesus. We are so excited! We can't save them all, but we hope to make a difference in the life of just one.
Why am I telling you all of this?
Because we would like YOU, fellow Take Heart readers, to join our journey! It probably comes as no surprise to you that international adoption is expensive. There are fees associated with our application, country, home study, legal documents, notarization, translating, background checks, fingerprinting, travel, visas, and more. Is your head spinning? Because mine sure is! We'll certainly be writing checks to our agency, but our money will also be flowing into our local and state governments and various institutions in Taiwan (like the orphanage, courts, etc.). Airlines won't fly us around the world for free, doctors need paychecks to buy their kids dinner, and social workers like money to buy a cute top from time to time.
How can you help?
By participating in The Twenty for Taiwan Campaign. Basically, the idea began as this: if 1,250 people each donated $20.00, our fundraising would be over. Finished! Kaput! Exciting, right?! If you are reading this, we are talking to YOU! Right now! For the cost of one dinner out, you can help give an orphan a home. For the cost of one shirt at the mall, you can help a husband and wife become a mommy and a daddy. So, please consider donating just $20.00! And after you do that, WRITE ABOUT US on your blog and SHARE OUR STORY via facebook status or e-mail! It would mean so much to us.
How much more do we need to raise?
We can't wait to have a toddler in our kitchen on Saturday mornings, eating pancakes and getting sticky fingers. We want to see how high we can swing on the playground. We are looking forward to snuggling on the couch after bath time, before bedtime, reading a book. Many of you already enjoy these moments with your child (or children). Will you help our child get home? As of now, WE ONLY NEED 1,200 MORE PEOPLE TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN! Danielle already donated! Will you join her? Will you make this number 1,199 by donating just $20.00?
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We would love for you to follow our journey via our blog.
my friend andrea shared daniel and lyndsie's story with me. i love andrea's heart for this family. she had committed to praying for them for months, but felt a tugging to do more. today is hosting an awesome giveaway including a jo totes bag (be still my heart), a wreath from sugar money and so, so many more items. her goal is to raise $1,000 for daniel and lyndsie and i believe she can do just that. for every $10 you give you get another entry into this giveaway.
my sweet friend hannah is sharing her precious son's adoption story on her blog. it has been such a blessing for me to read. i see God answering her and her husband's specific prayers and my heart is full. i am reminded that God's grace is abundant and i am watching His plan unfold as hannah goes back and tells elijah's story. you will be blessed by reading it.
i can't wait to read the rest.
rachel and her husband landon are on the adoption journey as well. read more of their story here.
love is rising is her sweet shop and all proceeds go to their adoption fund.
happy weekend, my friends!