Saturday, June 23, 2012
We had a weekend away at Sharp's cabin last weekend followed by four nights of sports camp for our oldest four as well as doctor's appointments, following the Sandusky trial, tending to the garden and any number of other tasks so I have been a bit absent from my blog. My heart is incredibly heavy this morning for this town, the victims who have been so valiant to share their stories, the Sandusky family, etc. Things become harder to hear and deal with when you know people who have been friends of the Sandusky's for years. Makes it more personal and less distant. Any way you look at it so many lives have been devastated. Such a good reminder once again to stop and evaluate life. How we choose to live our life, the decisions we make affect far more than just ourselves. May we be less apt to point the finger at those who have committed more horrific sins and quicker to look inward at the pride that alienates us from those who need His redemptive work in their lives!I love this picture of my friend Katie's kids and two of my girls. Three beautiful African children all representing different countries from that glorious continent! Uganda, Central African Republic and Ethiopia. Pretty sure the two blond beauties can hold their own when mixed in with the others. Such sweet children!
Now, on to the sad truth. I had a friend ask me this week why we got Naomi out of hundreds of waiting parents. Why us and not them? Here is why: there are very few couples/families waiting who are willing to adopt a child who is bi-racial or African American. The agency we used with Naomi only had one other family who was willing to consider a child of color. One! I read recently on another blog that when they adopted their African American son from LA county that they were the only couple willing!! There is a huge need here for people to step forward and adopt these beautiful children. Most adoption agencies have them classified as special needs simply because of their skin color. When we started talking about pursuing another adoption we contacted the agency who did our homestudy for Eden. I asked a few questions about domestic adoption and that is when I heard some of these truths for the first time. I remember getting off the phone and thinking, "How awful for a mother who is making the decision to give her baby up for adoption to only have one profile to look at."
I will be honest: I had moments early on in Naomi's arrival that I would think of true orphans who still wait and wondered why God had given us a child who had a loving birth mother. Slowly I realized that just because there is a living birth parent does not mean that she wasn't in less need of a loving family than Eden. People get hung up on international vs domestic, true orphan vs situations that compel a child to be orphaned, etc. The details surrounding the placement of a child are typically irrelevant. The glaringly obvious most desperate need is a stable, loving family! Can you offer a loving home? It doesn't have to be perfect because that just isn't reality. It takes one person to make a difference in the life of one child! Don't feel like you can adopt or foster? What about being a big brother/big sister? What about having a fresh air child for a week?
Let's look for every opportunity to speak into the life of a child!!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Highlight of the last day of school was watching Judah and Shane as they opened their report cards and realized they both made distinguished honor roll! We have yet to celebrate that accomplishment but celebrate we will! We couldn't be more proud of how well you applied yourselves, the character you have exhibited and the young men you are becoming!
Monday, June 11, 2012
In the meantime I think I figured in the month of June alone we will have at least 8 doctor appointments! I was feeling quite annoyed last week with the amount of time spent at different doctors until I started listing things I was grateful for. Some people may think, "What is the big deal with chronic ear infections?" We have dear friends who adopted one of their daughters from China at the age of 13. Shortly after she came into their home (the story is pretty miraculous) at a routine doctor's appointment the pediatrician said her ears looked strange. She got into a specialist in Danville where they realized her inner ear bones were no longer there and she would need to have multiple surgeries to rebuild her ears. When you have chronic ear infections that are left untreated it has the potential to destroy your hearing. It was nothing short of a miracle that she had any ability to hear and is now on her way to having highly functioning ears due to the surgeries she has received. So today I am thankful we have doctors that are able to prevent Heidi from having permanent damage to her ears and hearing!!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
What is your Saturday looking like?