Sunday, March 27, 2011

Is it worth it?

I suppose that to some, the answer is no. The cost of adoption is staggering really. I know that many people wonder why we are out here fundraising for this adoption. We made this decision, right? Shouldn't we be able to pay for it? Adoption was not part of our plan. It isn't something we had been saving for, planning on, or even remotely considering. God had other plans. That is really the only explanation I have. Adoption costs roughly $24000. It is too big a mountain for us to climb alone. However, when you compare to the life of a child $24000 is nothing. If you don't believe that children are dieing while they wait to be adopted you are wrong. This is Carrington.
Cute little girl right?
THIS is Carrington underneath her layers of clothing.
She is 3 yrs. old and weights 11 lbs. Her family JUST came home with her last week and rushed her the hospital where she was hours from death. She is from the same country Ember is in. Sadly this is NOT uncommon. I could fill up page after page of horrific pictures of what is going on now with orphans where Ember is. MY daughter. God's children. Carrington is a daughter of my Lord. Ember is also a daughter of my Lord. My Lord, my God is calling on ME, on my family to save Ember from a life of no hope and no possibility. This is likely a life and death decision to Ember.
Is it worth it? Yes, it is worth it. I will beg for money if I have to. We are doing everything in our power to bring her home. We just need a little help is all.
Thank you to everyone who as helped so far. Please know that it isn't taken for granted and that it makes a difference. Every penny, every prayer makes a difference.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

We got it!!

We got our "golden ticket" today. Yep, our immigration approval came through. This means that we can officially send our dossier off to Ember's country. Oh my, we're so close now!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bribery!

Yes, I am going to resort to bribery. I have a new picture of Ember to share. BUT I am not going to share it just yet. Our FSP is $365 short of $4000. Now, $4000 is miles short of what we'll need before we are able to bring Ember home but it is a step in the right direction. Our pearl necklace/bracelet giveaway continues for 2 more weeks. If we can reach the $4000 mark I will share with all of you the new picture I have of our precious girl.
On another note, please pray we get a USCIS officer assigned and that they are willing to approve our application quickly. Each day that passes I grow more fearful that Ember's country will decide to halt adoptions.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Fingerprinted!

On Thurs. we received our USCIS fingerprint appointments in the mail - for Apr. 4. We decided on Fri. morning to try walking in and see what happens. They were not real happy to have us just show up without an appointment but because there was NO ONE else waiting they let us in! I'm not kidding when I say that as soon as we got started fingerprinting the place started getting busy. I have no doubt that had there been anyone else in line they would have turned us away. God made sure no one was there before us! Thank you God!
Here is the link to our Necklace/bracelet giveaway! Please consider a donation - no amount is too small.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Necklace and bracelet giveaway!

Financially we have a LONG way to go for this adoption so we are having another giveaway!
This giveaway is for a brand new cultured freshwater pearl necklace and bracelet set with a blue cloisonne flower design bead. I bought this when I was in China and it is really beautiful. The necklace measures 17 inches and the bracelet measures 8 inches. They come in a nice satin pouch.


For every $5 you donate your name will be entered into the drawing. The more you donate, the more chances you have of winning! This giveaway will end on Mar. 31 and the winner will be announced here on Apr. 2 (no April Fools!).
CLICK HERE TO ENTER
You will be directed to our family sponsorship page where you can click on the "donate" button.
All donations are 100% tax deductible! Spread the word of this giveaway by posting it to your facebook pages, your blogs, etc.
Thank you so much for your support.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Impractical, crazy, ill advised

I read something like this on another blog so I thought I would change it a bit for our family situation. It really sums things up nicely.

As we look forward to adopting Ember, I find that there are a couple of different ways to approach the impending adoption. Yes, adopting a child with special needs for us, is impractical, crazy, and ill advised. Allow me to explain.

We have a good marriage and four children - Mackenna (13), Tanner (12), Ashton (10) and Sienna (19 mos). God has truly blessed us! Why adopt? No earthy reason.

We already have a child with special needs. Sienna has down syndrome. Don't we have enough to deal with? Why adopt? No earthly reason.

International adoptions are expensive - it is money that in all honesty we don't have. We'll likely need to take on debt to complete this. Why adopt? No earthly reason.

We have a wonderful home, but I have a hard time keeping up with the housework and the clutter. Add another child, and the job will be compounded. Why adopt? No earthly reason.

Our children are our pride and joy and they might be jealous of the time we'll need to commit to the special needs of Ember. Why adopt? No earthy reason.

Let's face it. I'm getting older. I have some grey hair coming in, and none of our friends have "young 'uns" anymore. My energy level and patience aren't what they used to be! Why Adopt? No earthly reason.

The kids go off to bed and I am exhausted myself. I'm exhausted trying to keep up with the busy schedules of preteens plus a baby. I wake up to the messes I couldn't take care of the night before. Why adopt? No earthly reason.

I need more time in the day. As it is I don't have enough time for myself. There are so many things I would like to do - travel, get back into horses, even sit quietly and read for an afternoon. Why adopt? No earthly reason.

Above, I have listed several problems that make my life chaotic and harried. Admittedly, I have difficulty keeping my daily life and schedule in order. Adopting, for me, is impractical, crazy, and ill advised. It's all true - there are no earthly reasons for me and my family to adopt. However, in spite of all of these earthly reasons not to adopt, I keep coming back to one reason to adopt. It is the heavenly reason to adopt, and it trumps all of the selfish, earthly reasons not to adopt. It is a Call to adopt.
It is our Call, our duty, and our extreme privilege to adopt Ember from Eastern Europe. She is one of God's most vulnerable children, and I am going to work very hard to provide her with a loving and fulfilling life through my imperfect life. We will probably have to make some sacrifices along the way, and our family will likely resemble a circus at times. I am thankful for the opportunity to adopt, and believe me, this adoption, while changing the life of a needy child, will change and bless my life even more.
I realize not everyone is called to adopt. I DO think everyone is called though to do SOMETHING. There are many ways to answer God's call - through prayer, give financially, give of your time, spread the word of the needs of these children. There is a part for everyone to play.

Mark 9:37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”