Monday, December 6, 2010

The immediate needs

This adoption isn't easy for many reasons, and yet it is easy in many ways. It is easy to know we can provide a loving, Christian home for Tasha. It is easy to make room for her here in our home. Easy to know we are doing the right thing. It is NOT easy to not be scared. There is a lot of unknowns when adding a child with special needs that we've never even met or even have any information other than a picture and birth date. And money. Money is a big factor and we are trusting in God for this. Honestly we can not adopt her without help. While we have the home, the time, the love, we don't have the $24,000 it will take to bring her home. I trust that if she is meant to be a part of our family then God will somehow provide the money. This is hard for us. It is humbling to be at the mercy of others for money. I am NOT comfortable asking for money from anyone. But this is my reality. We NEED donations to help bring Tasha home. Her 1st birthday is Dec. 8. A donation would make a wonderful present don't you think? In addition to money our family needs prayers. Tasha needs prayers. Pray that we can make what seems impossible happen. $24,000 is a big mountain for us to climb.

Introducing...


This is "Tasha". She is waiting for us in eastern Europe. Tasha has arthrogryposis She is also missing her little left foot. She is facing a long road but it is a road she will NOT have to walk alone anymore. While I know this journey will be tough, I know it is going to be worth it. Tasha is worth our efforts.

Treasures

Writing this post seems surreal. It wasn't anything I expected to do - ever really. Something changed. Sienna was born. My eyes were forced open to some harsh realities. Children with special needs in eastern Europe (and other places) are looked upon as lesser. Lives NOT worth caring for. God calls us to care for the widows and orphans. I feel like God gave me the knowledge of the conditions these kids live in. Now it is up to me to act on that knowledge. I won't turn my back.
I was finished having children when my 3rd son Ashton was born. My life was in a good place. I had just gone back to work and was moving into "the next phase" of my life. Then, 8 yrs. after having my last baby we find out we're expecting again. Oh dear! It wasn't at all in my plan. Sienna was born with down syndrome. Again, NOT my plan. It was very difficult news. God knew better. He know that we needed her. Sienna is a treasure and an amazing gift.
I began struggling with the thought of treasures like Sienna wasting away in orphanages and institutions. Treasures that have so much value but no one willing to discover them. I began to pray. And pray. Thad was not open to adopting. I wanted a sister for Sienna. I wanted to open my home to an orphan who needs one. God answers prays. Thad began to understand. We have decided to take a leap. A huge, scary leap of faith. I am certain God wants us to do this. We have love, we have room, we can be a good family for another child.
Watch this. Our daughter is over "there". Alone. We are going to go get her.