Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Once upon a time.......when we still lived in Louisiana. We had adopted 6 babes through foster care and then decided to do international adoption. We were matched quickly with Hannah Grace our daughter who had spina bifida and scoliosis in Ethiopia. We were crushed when she passed away a week before her Ethiopian Adoption. It was a process to heal after such a loss.....but she was whole and with our Lord and Savior.....
All God's Children International and said the next child- we will receive as ours....... and that is when we saw our Jonathan's cheeky face. Well, that was it. We were in love! We knew he was ours. 6 months later after some setbacks with setting up the Central Agency in Ethiopia we went to bring our baby boy home (this was back when there was one trip).
All God's Children International in Ethiopia. We couldn't wait! The AGCI staff even called us exactly 9 months later saying we know you are going to apply again- go ahead and send in your stuff and update your homestudy! So we did!!! This time just as we were getting on the "wait list" we saw our Naomi (not her given name) and we were in LOVE!!! We were matched fairly quickly and on our way! We knew we had time and before we were going to bring her home we wanted to fly to England to see Jason's family before bringing #8 home.
We had already had a court date, but didn't pass because the birth mother couldn't be there. We heard this news while in England with our family. Then it happened. We came home to a letter from USCIS (immigration) saying we couldn't adopt our Naomi. Crushed, Devastated, Depressed..........all combined........in 1. Single. Blow!!!! The wind was more than knocked from us as a family.
*****Please don't let this scare you because we have NEVER heard of ANYONE else ever having USCIS deny them on this account EVER!!!!!! And we know plenty of large families! Lots of those in ministry adopting internationally. It just was our worker who chose to deny us.
It was at that time I was reading a blog of a family who had 10 children with the 10th being adopted domestically. WHAT? WAIT A MINUTE????? DID I JUST READ THAT RIGHT???? YES!!!!!
And that is what brought us to Christian Adoption Consultants!!!!!!!!!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!
Christian Adoption Consultants we had a few situations that we were shown......one of those was our JOANNA FAITH!!!!!!! Now this is not typical ;) although it has happened to others as well. But within a few days I was flying to Philadelphia to hold our newborn daughter in my arms!!!!!!!!!!! Jason followed within 24 hours (had to do a lot of paperwork and arrangement making)! Within a few days consents were signed and our daughter was officially OURS!!!!!!!!! It was a whirlwind!!!!! It was CRAZY!!! It was HEAVEN SENT!!!!!!! IT WAS HEALING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We lost our daughter........and she did come home with another family. We have even gotten a couple of emails from this family with a couple of pictures of her. We value them and are thrilled that she is not an orphan!!! That she is loved!!! But our hearts still break thinking about our loss......BUT GOD!!!!!
Mother Goose Adoptions to bring home our baby girl! Now both Jason and I get to work for them!!!!! I get to do home studies and work with birth mothers, and Jason uploads profiles, does media, and helps do the blog for them! It is a dream job!!!
Christian Adoption Consultants!!!!!!! OK NOW We got to help families adopt as well!!! It just doesn't get any better than this people!!!! I love contacting families, helping them through the process of adoption, praying with our clients, emails, phone calls, and then "the call" that they get to squeal over the phone to me!!!! Jason does all the paperwork and profiles for our clients- which is amazing because I totally lack the talent for that part!!!!
So it is crazy to me how stepping out in faith, feeling such agony, having to let go, and then saying yes to a whole new adventure........brought us HERE!!!!!
Sometimes we feel broken......BUT GOD!!!! God is ever faithful!!!
**To see more on Joanna's crazy God story....go We have a daughter, Pics of Joanna, Journey to Joanna pt 1, Journey to Joanna pt 2, Journey to Joanna pt 3.
Monday, March 24, 2014
May we never grow tired of saying YES to whatever God has for us :).
Thursday, March 20, 2014
That will tear you apart!!!!! That will eat you up for dinner!!!!! BUT GOD!!!!!!!
1) We obviously have drop dead gorgeous children! It's true! I mean who wouldn't stare at children who are so beautiful?
2) They are normally (ha normal isn't a word we use often, and doesn't mean it always happens) pretty awesomely behaved in public!! People are amazed that they are polite and respectful.
***Note to others: If you see children acting wonderful in public - please compliment them. You should see my children's eyes beam. In the same breath when my children or other people's children are having a rough time- DO NOT CONDEMN and DO NOT STARE! Children NEED a safe place, they need space, they have sooo many needs a lot of people do not understand....and that could be a whole separate post altogether.
WE are a walking billboard.......that gets to share CHRIST with others who may have never asked about our faith or God, but we gladly get to tell them anyway!
WE are a walking billboard that speaks volumes about the fact that skin color, physical and mental ability, and DNA doesn't determine family!!!
THAT we can handle! With God's amazing sense of grace and love to others who need to hear the Gospel of Love lived out through this very imperfect family.
***NOTE: I do not in any way condone those who ask awkward questions and are not respectful! We have a generic way of telling our story that is not revealing, but still allows us to talk about adoption in a healthy way. We do talk with our children often about sharing our story with others, and want their input. We also don't put up with nasty comments that hurt our children's feelings! It is so very important to allow your children to tell you when they are uncomfortable, or when their feelings have been hurt. It is also important to talk together how and when to share things as a family! :)
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