so, for those of you who are wondering why we are adopting when we are able to have biological children… here's our answer.
current statistics say that there are over 147 MILLION orphans in the world.
one hundred and forty seven million.
The Lord commands us to love and serve the poor, the needy, the orphan, and the widow in His Word more times than i can count.
i could simply ignore this command. it's easy to do, really. and for many years i did ignore it. i could let satan could fill my mind with "is ONE less orphan out those millions going to make a difference?" but, i already know the answer to that.
i know the answer is an outstanding YES.
and i know that precious life that we will call our own is worth it a hundred times over.
i began sponsoring a child through world vision as a sophomore in highschool. a year or two later life got in the way. i was working two jobs, thinking about college, an upcoming summer trip to europe, and quite frankly, i was thinking about me. i stopped sponsoring, while thinking of all the other things i needed that $30 a month for. life went on, i fell in love, married my dream guy, and was pregnant on our one year wedding anniversary. brody got a little bit older, i was pregnant again, and we were growing up a bit ourselves, cause we were just babies ourselves when we got married.
our hearts went back to orphans and doing something more. we began sponsoring a child through compassion international and, this past year, we began to financially support families in need and families adopting as best we could. we can't always give a lot of money but, we could always do something. the years in between i wish i could have gone back and gave more. looking at what we have now and what i had then it makes me cringe a bit. i spent a lot of money on frivolous things those last years of high school.
it's easy to have my eyes set on a perfect little family with no messy complications of adoption, a perfect little house, and achieving my own personal hopes and dreams in this earthly life. however, my heart is in the wrong place when they are what i am striving for. in this life i am striving, first and foremost, to follow Christ and follow what he calls us to do. and right now, for us, that is adoption.
we couldn't be more excited.
i don't believe that all are called to adopt. but, i firmly, firmly believe that all are called to do something when it comes to orphans. sponsor a child, give a one time gift to a family adopting, give a (dare i say it) monthly gift to a family in the adoption process, get your church on board to financially support adopting families. pray about adoption for yourself and your family. is the Lord saying move? well, then… move. it's the hardest part. but, the best one, too.
a few people asked where are adopting from. it's a local agency that offers three different programs. a foster to adopt program, a healthy domestic infant program and an international program. we are in the healthy domestic infant program which means we are adopting a baby (newborn to three months, most likely) from new york state. after our classes and homestudy are complete our adoptive family profile will be ready to show birth moms who have the same desires in the level of openness and needs of the adoption as we do.
have you met my darling friend, jessi? maybe you have heard me talk about her once or twice before because i am slightly infatuated with her.
she is one of those blogging buddies that i have never met in person but in my heart i have been with her in person for years. her family is planting a church in boston WHICH IS ONLY 4 HOURS FROM ME. so, basically, as soon as they move, i will be seeing her once a month. and we will be eating canolis together in boston. even though she eats a vegan diet. i am breaking her of that. obviously.
anyways, she's beautiful, and we both love video chatting and ombre hair. i text or call her on daily basis and we really just love each other a whole lot. she, and her husband nick, are so supportive of caleb and i and our decision to adopt. i am blessed by her every.single.day. her heart for the gospel of Jesus Christ is so inspiring to me. i want to be like her when i grow up.
she designed this print for us. for our baby. 100% of the profits go to our adoption fund.
my heart is full and i can't say thank you enough to my sweet friend.
but, thank you for living out love and giving to those who need it. thank you for supporting us.
buy one for yourself and twelve more for twelve of your friends.
spread the word.
your mother-in-law needs one, too!
and while your buying your prints watch this:
(you can't watch this without being filled with hope and shedding a tear. and you certainly can't watch it without buying a print)