Tuesday, November 1, 2011

National Adoption Month (Day 1) -The Real Reasons to Consider Adoption

Most of you have heard me say, "God leads us to our children and we just bring them home."

But what if we don't listen?
What if we don't ask?

This is our Russian Royalty, Max. God led us to him when he was 13 1/2 months old. He was in the 95th percentile in height, but not on the weight charts at all. He would sit like a light little feather on our laps with his hands on the dining room table, as if glued. He would place his hands on each side of his plate...not grabbing...not trying...not able to hold a cheerio...afraid we would smack his hand if he reached for food.

This is our Ethiopian Princess, Bekah. We were led to her at 15 months old (she was in three months clothing). She had a huge lump on her neck that was thought to be cancer or active TB. After testing, she ended up with active TB, Giardia, and Scalp Ringworm. They gave us a picture when we arrived. It was a picture of her orphanage intake. This beautiful girl looked like the spider babies of starvation you see on the news.

This is the prince of Ethiopia, Gabe. He was a tiny little guy when God led us to him and his twin sister at 10 months old. We were told he could not sit up on his own or support his own weight in any way. He had Giardia and ringworm. His eyes were huge and afraid in all his pictures.

This is "Her Sweetness", our Ethiopian blessing and twin sister of Gabe. She was tiny and could not even roll over, from severe neglect, at 10 months. She screamed if you touched her legs while sleeping. We believe this was because she was tucked in so tightly that she couldn't move at night. She was so flexible (with no muscle tone) that she would sleep with her legs flipped up by her ears. If you held her upright above the floor her legs would curl up like a newborns instead of going straight to support herself. We wondered if she would ever walk. Our initial doctor was an adoption specialist and she had never seen such a severe case of ringworm as covered her entire back (as well as a case of Giardia).

This little girl, Jael, lays on our hearts every night. Our arms ache to hold her. She's a beautiful 3 1/2 year old blessing that waits for us in China. We pray to travel to her by the end of the year and wait to receive one of the final papers any day in the mail. Her precious legs are twisted from a birth defect and curled up under her. The doctors feel that within the first year she will face amputations above the knee on both legs.

...yet there is so much beauty in those little feet I long to kiss. Did you know that there is a man named
Oscar Pistorius from South Africa that has double prosthesis that may be in the 2012 Olympics? She may not turn out to be an Olympic runner, but she's placed her little prints all over our hearts.

If that's not enough to convince you of the amazing blessing that lays in wait just for you...
read this post on
"What difference does it make?" on The Blessing of Verity and your heart will be forever changed.

What if we don't listen?
What if we don't ask?

Then these children wait....and these are just a small portion....waiting for listening ears and questioning hearts.
Rainbow Kids
Reece's Rainbow

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

1 comment:

  1. Amen and Amen! Your children are beautiful and I can't wait to see Jael in your arms!


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Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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