Saturday, December 22, 2012

Love Never Fails..

This Christmas more than any other year I think about the love of Christ... It was this time of year that Jesus came to a manger so that we could have a home in heaven. This was the time that God chose a Virgin to bear our Lord and Savior. When I was in Ethiopia I was consumed with love.  The people in Ethiopia are poor by the world's standards.  Most house and buildings wouldn't pass inspection in the US.  Children and adults sleep on the sidewalk or in the grass.  I can still hear the voice of a young woman about my age carrying a child, calling out to me, "Sister, sister I need something to eat." I wanted to do something.  But the need is overwhelming.  Most of the time I reached for a dollar or two.  But I didn't have enough money to give... And the faces and sounds still are as clear as if I were there.. So much need, but they smile.  They have so little, but they love.  If only the people of the US could have the love that these beautiful people do.  But we are wound so tightly in consumerism and putting ourselves first.  When we stopped at a farmer's house they had nothing to give us, but they still wanted to give us something.. That something was to breast feed our baby, and while I kindly turned down the offer, it spoke volumes to me.  I left half of my heart in Ethiopia.  I left my baby, but I also left a country that I could easily claim as my own.  This Christmas we celebrate with a different perspective.  Our focus is not on Santa, it's on Jesus.  Our sights are on love, not presents.  Our baby is a half a world away but he will be home soon.  This Christmas friends, family, and strangers have reached out to us.  God has shown once again that He still moves stones.  Nothing is impossible.  With the generosity of others and a grant from A Child Waits, our adoption and remaining travel is fully funded and we are only days away from bringing our precious boy home.  When we first thought of adopting we thought it was impossible.  But I have learned that love never fails... If God calls you to it, He will bring you through it.  May all of you reading have a blessed Christmas this year.  And may you be filled with as much love and joy as we are. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hope for the Holidays...

As many of you who have been following our story know, financially our adoption has been a struggle... Many wondered why in the middle of a recession, 2 years after being laid off and out of work we would want to adopt a child.  I've answered that question before.  Because God told us to.  God doesn't care about a recession.  Isaiah doesn't care that we were laid off in 2009 and part of 2010.  We serve a mighty God, creator of the universe.  Eric told me yesterday that God does things we don't understand, and that if we understood why things are the way they are then it probably wasn't a God thing.  This had me thinking.  I've been so stressed wondering how we will get the money we need to bring Isaiah home at Christmas time.  A time when everyone's pocketbooks are low because we place so much need on "stuff." But then it made sense.  Christmas was when Christ was born.  When hope was born.  What better time to lean solely on the One who created us than Christmas? What better time to give a home and Hope to an orphan than Christmas?  Isn't that classic God?  When the Israelites were enslaved, He led them to freedom.  When Abraham and Sara wondered if they would ever have a child, He delivered.  When Lazarus was dead, He brought him back to life.  After Christ was crucified, He raised Him from the dead.  And He will be the one who provides to bring Isaiah home, whether it be now or a month from now.   I will rejoice in our suffering because I know He will deliver...

With that said, please consider making a donation to help us bring Isaiah home.  What other time can you say your 5 or 10 or even 20 dollars made a world of difference to a child?  When we left Isaiah he was sick with pneumonia.  It was so difficult to leave him, especially sick.  We pray for him everyday.  If you cannot donate please share the page below and help us.  All donations made on this site are tax deductible.  May God bless you this year!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Meetcha Video

I've been waiting so long to make this video.. I felt like our day would never come.. please feel free to share with others... I remember watching videos like this before we decided to adopt, and they really moved me..