Thursday, October 29, 2015

An Answered Prayer & A Life Changing Opportunity

      One of the things we promised Keira, since she first came home, was that we would do whatever we could to help find her best friend Karina a family.  We have prayed daily for her, sent her packages, and now finally have a phone number to reach her at, though we have yet to talk to her.  I have had a couple of families contact me over the past year, asking questions about her, and we would get so hopeful....but nothing came of it.  We know that God has a plan for this little girl, and cannot wait for the day when she is embraced by her family....and knows how precious and loved she is.

       So I basically have the best news ever....Yup, a family is taking steps towards adopting her!!  It's very early in the process and we are not sharing this with Keira yet until things are moving along, so please do not mention this to her.  But, we wanted to share this amazing answer to prayer with all those who have been praying, and we wanted to ask for your continued prayers for this sweet girl and for this family.  She just celebrated her 12th birthday and my hope is that she will be home, surrounded by friends and family for her next birthday!  And so...we'd like to ask you....would you join us in helping this girl come home?

It was incredible to see how many people God used to help bring our two kiddos home....humbling and mind-blowing.  I'll never forget my initial attitude towards the thousands of dollars, that we didn't have, that was required each step of the way.  I had finally submitted....and I basically said "Okayy...we'll do this....but when we don't have the money to move on to the next step, there'll be nothing we can do.  Not if, no I was convinced this would happen.  So little faith.  And then I watched as each little bit came together....and each bill was covered exactly when it needed to be.  And I could never thank everyone enough...everyone who said "yes!" alongside of us....generously giving of their time, talents, and resources.  And so, I plan to do all that I can to help this family.  It's not easy to focus on fundraising with all of the training and paperwork required, in addition to the daily demands of life.  I have started the first fundraiser and would love any help!  We have an online auction that will begin in about two weeks.  I have quite a few items already, but the more, the better!  If you would like to donate anything to be auctioned, please let me know so it can be added in the next couple of weeks.  Here are some ideas:

1.  Any new products/items...really anything!  
2.  A handmade item...some of you are super talented!
3.  A car detailing (done by you) or a few hours of free cleaning, leaf raking, snow get the idea :)
4.  A gift basket of anything

If you are not local and you'd like to donate something, feel free to just send me a picture and let me know much it'd cost to ship the item to the winner (approximately since we obviously don't know who the winner is at thus point.)

        I have more ideas to come but really wanted to get this up and running in time for some holiday shopping!  There's nothing more exciting than being part of what God is doing and having the opportunity to play a role in changing a life!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Future

     I'm taking a post to deviate from my normal update of the happenings of life around here.  I started one of those a while ago and have yet to finish it.  Which makes this post even more ironic in a sense, since the thought of even considering the following may seem crazy when I can't seem to keep up with most things at the present time.  But that's my has been for a while now....and truthfully, I wouldn't have it any other way.  Because God's time is not our time...God's ways are not our ways....and, surprise surprise, His time and ways far exceed ours! 

     I was pretty adamant that Kyleigh would be our last child.....aside from the potential future fostering we've often talked about.  And yet from the moment she arrived, I have felt this surprising desire for more.  Maybe because it's just such a miracle....or because I'm just enjoying it in such a more relaxed way this time....or because this baby is such an angel!  Or, perhaps there's more to it.  I've made countless pros and cons lists in my mind about having more.... I've been reminded I don't have to figure this out today, and it made me wonder why I felt the pressure to decide one way or the other.  And then it started to click....both the reminder that I'm a slow learner, and what that may mean.  Because this is all too familiar.  I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.  It's the same experience I had with adoption, both times.  That was never my idea....God was the one who kept bringing it in front of my face so that I couldn't ignore it.  And I've felt that He's reminding me, yet again, that this is His decision....and my role is simply to remain open...and willing.

     And so, as I adjust my focus to being ready and willing for whatever God may call us to, we've talked about the possibility of fostering infants sooner...maybe it's not so far off in the future - our timelines are never very accurate we've found :)  Of course, with this new idea swimming around, I've started to second on earth will I be able to let go when it's time.....I know myself, I know I'll fall in love with these babies.  I also know the lasting impact that a lack of care and love can have on a child.....I see it daily.  And as I process this, this article sat before me this morning.  I can't help but marvel at how God He prepares HE cares.  I don't know what will happen in the future, but I know the one who does, and I'm excited to find out when the time comes.