This week I have visited with two sweet children of God who have blessed two families through adoption. And it got me thinking... Some days when I have too many home studies to write, too many visits in the field, too much frustration with USCIS, too many legalities to straighten out, too long of a commute, too many sicknesses, I forget how amazing my career really is. In November I will begin my third year with Heaven Sent Children in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (like my plug) :0) and as I look at the children covering my walls it makes those "hard days" worth it. To date I want to welcome my sweet children home: Briley (USA), Leah (USA), Gracie (USA), Leeza (Ukraine), Zhenya (Ukraine), Anna Grace "Gracie" (Korea), Atticus (USA), Kaylyn (USA), Carlos (Uganda), Sophie (USA), Raylen (USA), Savannah (USA), Lily (USA) and Levi (USA). I just sit in awe of the amazing gifts God has provided me with to serve Him. Adoption is my heart, it runs through my body and consumes my mind. It allows me the opportunity to see these wonderful families answering God's call.
What a wonderful blessing you have allowed me to not only witness, but be a part of. I felt the call of adoption in 2005 and four years later you opened the door to Heaven Sent. While some days my adoption and my story feel overwhelming I now understand it was all in your preparation for me to serve my families closer. I have fought and ignored the call to work with birth mothers, even through my disobedience you have allowed me to see the preciousness behind these strong selfless women and makes me think of my strong selfless birth mother. Lord, I hope wherever she may be you always keep hands on her and let her know I don't hate her, I love her, I love that because of her plan for me the doors in my life are opened wide. I want to tell her in October of 2010 I married my best friend. I wanted to tell her I graduated college and tell her because of her the love for me adoption is now apart of my heart. I want to tell her about about all the babies I have helped find forever families like mine and tell her Thank You! I pray that she feels peace with herself and forgives herself because I'm so grateful to her. I admire her strength and hope that somewhere deep in me I posses that same strength when i feel hopeless, because I'm sure that how she felt. God please continue to give me the strength to serve you through adoption and help many more families answer your call to defend the fatherless.
"learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of
the fatherless, plead the case of the widow."- Isaiah 1:17 (NLV)
"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