We reached our goal of $2,500…in fact we surpassed it with a total reaching over $4,000!!! God is awesome!! And our son will come home…someday.
I am sad.
I cry because people dont realize what is happening, or is that they do know what is happening but arent doing enough?
Thats where I feel I am…I am not doing enough.
Did you go to sleep warm tonight? With more than 10 blankets in your house? Warm pajamas? Full stomachs? Watched your big screen before you fell asleep? Downloaded your kids pictures onto your laptop before falling into blissful sleep because you know your choices for breakfast are aplenty? Guilty times 10 here……
I would rather be holding my friend Amanda’s little boy who was beat into a coma by his birth father. tell him i am sorry some office worker deemed him ready to care for him. i want to hold these children and look into their eyes and tell them how sorry I am that millions of dollars go to support Gay marriage or to purchase Iphones (yes I said it..and I have an Ipad and Ipod) GUILTY…
I keep thinking…we will or should be ‘done’I am tired. My laundry is …excuse me…has EXPLODED. we may have to add on again…OH but wait..have you seen the pictures of the orphanges…where there are 100’s of babies in one room…with only a few caretakers….!!! I think not….
Offer services. Not the ‘junk’ you did not sell at a garage sale. We all have friends that are direct sale reps for something. Have a party. Get the free stuff you earn and auction it off. My wonderful friend Rebekah had a Premier Jewerly party and gave me ALL of her free jewerly. It made over a $1,000 and because of some other fabulous donors; we made close to $4,000.
We’ve all got rules that we live by. Consciously or not. Some of them empower us and some restrict us to a life that we don’t really want or enjoy. I always get asked about my beliefs; the ‘life rules’ which I do my best to live by. I say “do my best”, because I fail…fail miserably… to live up to them on a regular basis and am a work in progress.
Here’s some of my ‘Life Rules’:
1. Trust and Follow God. Sounds easy and of course this is everyone’s first rule of life right. But I mean do it. Trust HIM. Follow HIM to unimaginable places. HE will rock you to your core.
2. When everyone throws in the towel…dive in harder. Do what everyone else is tired of. It will motivate you and then others.
3. Finish whatever you start. Everyone is great at starting things but few are great at finishing.
4. Avoid energy suckers. This explains itself…
5. Make the tough decisions. Most people would rather someone or something else make the tough decision for them. Success is a choice.
6. Change what you can and don’t worry about what you can’t.
7. Don’t be a critic. You’ve got enough of your own issues and weaknesses to work on. People who constantly criticize others are typically insecure. Avoid that like the plague.
8. Don’t make excuses, make plans. Stop talking about it. Start creating it.
9. Invest into others in a practical way. Be generous with your time, your knowledge, your skills, your money and your love. The best return on investment has nothing to do with money.
10. Don’t base your expectations for your future, on your past. Too many people are hostages to their sinful past, so they simply create a sinful future. Ask for forgiveness and MOVE on.
11. Get uncomfortable on a regular basis. Take risks. Physically, emotionally and psychologically.‘Safe’ is boring and unrewarding. ‘Safe’ will not get us to heaven.
12. Don’t spend your life waiting for the ‘right time’. It is always the right time. If you’re breathing, it’s the right time.
13. Live, laugh, learn and love. While many walk around with the world on their shoulders, choose to be different. Choose to live. Choose laughter. Choose learning. Choose LOVE. Choose to be that person.
There’s no right or wrong with this stuff because we all need to find our own truth and we all need to choose how we live our life.
We must choose to be that person….that is not lukewarm. Be HOT…..Go for it. Be what God created….Be his image.
I loved seeing this in our church bulletin! I have received some discouragement from others about adoption. However the encouragement I have received from my real friends far outweigh that. it doesn’t matter what other says. It matters that our children come home.
This is so true. My heart is in Korea and America. My heart is in orphanage sleeping right now. She will wake up In a few hours and eat breakfast. She will bundle up to go outside with her friends and hop onto her bus and head to preschool. I imagine she sits with this beautiful little girl named Coralie. Coralie is a special little girl whose parents are coming to get her in a few weeks. I imagine my little ‘heart’ sitting by her friend and looking at with large eyes, listening intently of all the new adventures she is about go on. I know Cora is thrilled to be moving to America and have two big brothers. I am sure Cora is glowing!!! I am sure she talks about getting on a plane with her Omma and Appa. She is excited and nervous yet keeps talking to remind herself of the wonderful moments up ahead. I am sure my ‘little heart’ is thinking, Wow Cora sure is lucky! She has been receiving gifts, candy and pictures from a real family. A family that wants her, the only family ,my little heart has known like that wasn’t able to keep her as they were only her foster family. I’m sure sweet Cora says to her your family will probably come soon. I pray she believes her.
My prayer is Please God wrap your arms around my little heart in Seoul, Korea and whisper into her ear, “Mama is coming.. She is trying everything she can to get their as fast as she can.” Please Lord give her hope of her family coming.
It is a proven fact that orphans who know they have a family, even if it takes awhile, start improving in so many ways! I believe it and if you have met Mia Grace and seen her file. You would believe that too.
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When practicing pure and undefiled religion…I feel the prescence of the Lord in a way I have never felt before..he rocks me to my core.
Someone asked me the other day to tell them about this leap of faith I Took with Mia. I replied, ” give me a minute.” I didn’t know what to say…my leap of faith is nothing compared to others.
Two hours later I answered her…(changed slightly to protect the innocent)
Okay it’s been 2 hours. This question makes me cry. I am just going to bare my soul right here to you. When I saw Mia’s face….I knew… I knew..she was beautiful. My SW kept saying you don’t want a child like this. I kept saying yes I do! When I am given a file to review….I am looking at another human being..one that deserves to be loved and have a family. A child that would sit at the foot of Jesus and be loved by Jesus. A child who may not be perfect in others eyes but perfect in mine. When My SW asked me if I would review ‘our next little ones’ file…I jumped at the chance. I got the file. And wowsers!! Some scary stuff…. But all I could hear in my head as I looked at her smiling face was…is that a reason not to adopt me? She can’t help these problems. God made her just like she was and then her birth mother had to say no. So she has sat and waited and waited…how many
people have said no? She sits and waits…and it kills me, I can’t say no. I didnt want to say no!!!! God pushed me to say yes. Will we have trials? Yes. But at the end of the day when she curls up in my arms..tired of doctors poking at her. She will snuggle in her mamas arms and know its forever.
How can my Jesus love and adopt me as his child? I am a special needs daughter..I Assure you…Jesus knows that. He will never turn his back on me. OR any orphan..he loves them all!
How many orphans are sitting and waiting?? There bright eyes looking at you saying …pick me..pick me!! Why?? We are on this earth for such a short time and as Christians we have one goal..ONE..to reach the lost. Why not start with the children? God knew. Jesus knew. We should know.
My friend that asked me this question about my leap of faith when choosing a waiting child, is deciding on a waiting child. A beautiful one….and guess what….she has the same name as my little girl.
Yes… That was a God wink…
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I have said many times that God has been in this from the very start. We have so been quick to have everything happen. But I would like to clarify something here.
If your adoption take 6 months or 6 years….God is with you in that adoption.
If your adoption takes you longer because you dont have the money…God is with you in that adoption.
If your adoption takes 7 weeks, God is with you in that adoption.
God has a plan….his adoption of us and our adoption of others.
If God isnt a big part of your life and you adopt..he will show you his face.
Here is a letter I recieved from a complete stranger 2 days ago…I am keeping it anonymous.
I hope you don’t think this is too creepy, but I just had to send you an email! I am a fellow adoptive mom of a little girl born in Korea. My husband and I brought *edited* home from Korea in August of 2009. We finalized her adoption in mid February 2010 and I started checking the waiting child photo listings soon after that. I came across your daughter, Mia Grace’s photo when I started looking at the listings and I fell in love with her. I thought she was such a beautiful little girl and she looked so sweet. From the blurb that they had about her on the CHSFS website, her needs seemed manageable to me. She was born within a month of my daughter though (*edited* birthday is 10/10/08), so I knew the chances of being able to bring that little sweetheart into my family were slim.
In March 2010, I contacted *edited* at CHSFS and asked her if they would consider allowing us to look at the file and *edited* got back to me and said that *edited* and this little girl would be too close in age and they really didn’t think that would be best. I was kind of sad, but in my heart I knew it was for the best. For the next year, I would check the website and sure enough her little picture was still there. It broke my heart to see this child waiting on the photolisting. I am not a religious person at all, but there was this part of me that felt such a strong need to pray for this little girl and her forever family to find each other. I don’t think I have ever felt that way in my life and I am not sure why I felt such so strongly about praying for her. To this day, I cannot explain it. Needless to say, I was elated when I got to see “Matched” on her photolisting picture a few months ago. I was even more excited when I stumbled upon your blog (I don’t even know how I found it) and realized that your family was this child’s forever family.
I really hope I didn’t creep you out with my story – that was so not my intention. I guess what I really want to say to you is that I am so happy that you and your family were able to bring Mia Grace home!!! I wish you the best during your transition and I really look forward to following your blog. Adoption is a true miracle!!!
Now that is God…