Friday, September 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
-We had LOTS of stuff for the swap. Everyone who came walked away with a good bit. It is sometimes hard for me to take money from people, so it really helps me to see them be blessed as well. I have to remind myself that with this adoption, the giving done by others will be rewarded in heaven as well, and not just by the material nature of the fundraisers.
-The food was AMAZING! My sister-in-law, Katie, made the most delicious, Nepali-inspired food for the reception. Curried chicken and potato kabobs, rice balls (rice, cheese and red pepper rolled together and fried), pita chips and veggies with cumin yogurt dip, shortbread cookies, Nepali tea. SOOOO good. She decorated the table with pictures from the orphanage my father-in-law visits each winter as well.
Thanks again to everyone who helped and participated.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
At first I was paralyzed. How could we choose a direction? Any criteria would mean there would be children we excluded. That was a very hard concept. My pediatrician is head of the international adoption clinic here and gave me just what I needed to hear to move on. She told me its about finding a child that is right for our family. Not in snobbish way, but practically, not just any child would benefit from our particular family structure, dynamic, or resources. That really helped us move forward. We finally decided to pursue adoption from Nepal. I could list the top ten reasons if you really wanted, but I'll spare you unless you just have to know. One of the reasons we chose Nepal is that my father-in-law goes every year to help this local man who runs an orphange there. But I'll return to this fact later.
Now that we've begun sharing this decision more, its suprising to me how many people have simply question or even taken issue with our decision to pursue adoption internationally. I am definately aware that there are concerns about child trafficing and such, but looking into it more brought up some interesting objections to international adoption. All-in-all I'm glad to be more aware of the issues so that we can be sure to be as ethical as possible and truly help a child that is in need.
So any of you interested in adoption, but unaware of some of the criticisms, I do think its a good idea to educate yourself on some of the corruption and downfalls of international adoption. We are still pursuing Nepal, mostly because our heart is there and I can't imagine finding our daughter anywhere else. If it is God's will that she come to us from elsewhere, I trust that he will change my heart for that as well. But with this new information I still feel confident because we have some one there who we feel we can trust. Hopefully we will find an agency who takes our concerns seriously and will help us adopt a child who is truly an orphan and will benefit from a life in America with our family.
So anyone concerned about our pursuits, I ask you to first pray for us. We are trusting that God will give us wisdom in all decisions and guide us to our daughter.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
We got a call from my father-in-law last week about some turmoil in Nepal due to former Maoist rebels. The strike has been lifted, but I don't understand the politics involved in this well enough to know what that means in regards to our concerns. I'm posting a link to explain it better than I can, but please pray for this situation.
We knew that the Nepalese government has been fluctuent. The current government has only been in place about 2 years, and now there is another threat to its stability. We are still hopeful that Nepal is where we will find our daughter, but this situation reminds me to be thankful for the inherent wait involved in us meeting the adoption requirements. (Current regulations make us ineligible for about 3 more years.)
For Nepal and the Church there, we hope this unrest is dealt with quickly and positively. For our own sake as well, we hope the government will be stable enough to keep its doors for adoption open to us.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Allie and I went to this great orphanage for 2 weeks. Although the children were cared for well, you could tell they longed for parents. For that deeper connection that I am yours and you are mine unconditionally. Even though Jacob did not go with me, he felt God calling us to adoption as well before we even were married. Also, as I grow in my faith, I feel compelled by the gospel to reflect our adoption in Christ in our family as well. Taking part in this earthly adoption will be a beautiful picture of how God chose us to be adopted into his family through Christ. How we are forever his and we are loved before we even take a first breath. The girl we will bring into our family is probably not even born yet, but I love her so much already. Keiran does too! He has been asking for a sister forever and every night he wants to pray for God to bring us a little girl to be in our family.
So with this blog I hope to provide a place for friends and family to follow our journey, to testify to the great mystery that is our adoption in Christ, and to bring awareness to the subject in general. To conclude this first entry I would like to recognize a few people who have helped us get started on this path.
Allie- for sharing a heart for children with me, even as we were children ourselves, and for taking me to Africa
Hollis family-great resource and encouragement
Kirk-encouraging us through your heart for Nepal and the resource you have there
and of course Christ for graciously giving us the life, love, and peace of our own adoption