When Scott and I decided to adopt, we knew two things.
At least one of our kids is coming from Ethiopia. And we were NEVER going to worry about the finances that it would take to bring them home.
I am so thankful that we made this resolve with money. In reality, I couldn’t raise $300 for the marathon that I ran back in 2010. How in the world would I have not worried about raising over $30,000 had we not decided that we would not worry about it?
And, let me tell you.
Yes, you. Who bought our burp cloths. Who ordered frozen cookie dough. Who donated. Who purchased a necklace for a friend. Who prayed. Who shared our link. Signed up for our race. Who has given away our business card. Who has encouraged us. And hasn’t defriended us by now after getting so sick of all of our fundraising ventures (I have thought about de-friending myself..).
Over Christmas alone, your generous gifts of love have raised $1,700 for our adoption fund! Close to $15,000 total! $15,000. We wouldn’t have been able to make that selling our cars, tv’s, clothes and dogs! Unbelievable.
Last weekend alone, we were given an incredible donation of love from a dear friend with the reminder of I Thessalonians 5:24-25 – “He who is calling you is completely faithful and utterly trustworthy. And He will do it – fulfill your calling.”
Just more and more confirmation that this is exactly what we should be doing. That this is exactly why I shouldn’t ever worry about if the finances will come for this adoption.
It is an overwhelming feeling becoming a mother. Realizing a bond between two people that can never be broken.
And to think that you. People who know us well and some who hardly know us. That you would feel inclined to help us find that bond with our next child. When there are so many other worthy causes to give to. So many of you who sacrificed and budgeted to donate. Bought our homemade burp cloths and necklaces when you could have gone to the store and bought something way nicer! You gave out of love. And we felt that love.
I am so moved. So thankful. So humbled.
We have a long road ahead. But, I cannot tell you how every step of this way, God has used each one of you to help remind us that this is going to happen. That this idea of our next child is no longer an idea.
We are really doing it guys. We are bringing our baby home. And there is NO WAY that we could be where we are at if it weren’t for you.
Thank you feels so small. But, thank you, thank you still.