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Doubt.

Can I be real with whoever decides to take the time to read this?

Gulp.

Do I believe we are called to adopt? Absolutely. Am I excited about this? To the point I could burst. Do I daydream about our life with her in it? Cars and trains…and doll babies?? Constantly. Do I believe this is really going to happen? I do.

While this journey is anything but predictable, I am choosing to sell out to the here and now.

I believe He equips those whom He has called according to His purpose.

But. So. Here’s the catch. I’m a doubter, among other things. I have this natural inclination to believe The Worst Case Scenario is looming around the bend. This is a struggle that needs recognition as it colors the way I do life. What does that have to do with the adoption process? Well, turns out, a lot.

Declarations like “we’re adopting” and “from Colombia” and “a daughter”…are very scary for me. Because in all reality, while I do believe these things to be true, I don’t really know what this is going to look like. What if we say these things and prepare in this way, and then it doesn’t happen? What if we don’t pass the next step? What if we don’t qualify? What if the funds don’t come in? What if…

These thoughts and doubts are nothing new, of course. I have experienced them with my other children. I have not celebrated things fully in the past because I was timid, and the notions seemed fragile. Maybe too good to be true. Or maybe I didn’t want to be embarrassed and look like a fool when my dreams didn’t quite pan out. Like I ever had any control over them.

These past few months have broken my heart. Held a mirror to my nose causing me look deep into my own sin. Brought me to tears…

So. In this process, just like anything else in life, I have no real prediction of what lies ahead. All I know is what’s in front of me today and the direction I feel lead to go. And I’m not missing anything this time. While this journey is anything but predictable, I am choosing to sell out to the here and now. If the plans change, so be it. I will love our newest one regardless of geography or need or…or…

And if God closes this door all together, He is still good and worthy to be praised. If He called us here solely to stir in our hearts an openness, an exposure, a vulnerability…and we come out of this with no baby to show for it, so be it. These past few months have broken my heart. Held a mirror to my nose causing me look deep into my own sin. Brought me to tears (hopeful, happy, and heavy). Stretched me out of my comfort zone (and over again). Connected me with friends, new and old. And given me new breathe to read and write and create. I am thankful.

But. I DO BELIEVE WE HAVE A CHILD OUT THERE, and that He is working it out to bring us together as a family.

Now, excuse me, I’m off to Pinterest to finish decorating her room.

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I Love Her More Than.

I never knew you could love someone this deeply before you even know them. But I do. I love her.

I love her more than risk can quench. More than security. More than comfort. More than rest.

I can feel her chest heaving against my right breast bone as her sleepy hair tickles the nook of my neck and I can hear her rhythmic breathing. It sings to me a song as old as love. I love her more than life. I can see the tears in her eyes when she’s hurt by someone. I love her till it hurts. I can hear her sweet voice singing to herself as the sun makes music through the windows and sets her dancing. I love her more than words. I can taste her cheeks as I kiss her goodnight and whisper sugar in her ears and I love her more than food and drink. I can smell her fears wafting from an anxious heart that I will defend to the death. And I love her more than risk can quench. More than security. More than comfort. More than rest.

I never knew you could love someone this immensely having never met them face to face. But I love her now in ways that cannot be expressed. After all, a fathers love is more than the capacity of vocabulary and daughters are a gift so sweet that love can do nothing but to grow.



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Where Do You Fit In? Puzzle Fundraiser.

So. YOU, specifically YOU, can be a part of this. A tangible part of uniting us with our child, whoever and wherever she is. From orphan to beloved daughter.

UPDATE: Rumor is that we will be traveling very soon and we only have 35 pieces left to fill our 500 piece puzzle. You can be a part of bringing our daughter home in a very cool way (read about it below). You can reserve a puzzle piece in our ETSY shop by clicking here. Please do! Let’s bring her home.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A PIECE.

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Friends! I am so excited to share with you our first real fundraising opportunity! OK. Maybe you’ve heard of this before, but we are doing a puzzle fundraiser!!!

Here’s how it works:
– We have purchased a 500 piece puzzle in hopes that family and friends interested in supporting our adoption will “purchase” all of the pieces – the pieces will then represent those who helped bring our daughter home, those who are forever a part of our story.
– Each piece is a minimum donation of $20. You may choose to be one piece of the puzzle or several – completely up to you!
– YOUR name (or chosen word/initials) will be written on the back of each piece you represent.
– Here’s the fun part…Once completed, the puzzle is going to be hung in our little girl’s room as a beautiful keepsake of this adoption story we are living out. Even better, the frame will be double sided! So, we’ll be able to take it off the wall, turn it around, and point out to our daughter the names of all you wonderful folks that helped bring her home, that helped make our family possible. How amazing is that?!
Here’s what it looks like:
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(Now…I do have plans to alter it ever so slightly once every piece is in place, ya know, to make it personal and all.)
So. YOU, specifically YOU, can be a part of this. A tangible part of uniting us with our child, whoever and wherever she is. From orphan to beloved daughter. If we sell all 500 pieces, and I pray that we do, that will raise around $10,000!!! That is huge! It will cover a very large portion of our daunting overall anticipated amount (which is around $46,000). Guys. It’s so hard for me (us) to ask for money. It’s humbling and scary and convicting. But this is such a beautiful thing, such a worthy investment. It has very little to do with us; it’s so much bigger. Join us? Pretty please?
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Here’s a link to our fundraising page, where you can donate online (be sure to write “puzzle” somewhere in a memo line or in a comment). Or if you prefer to give offline, you can click here for other giving options. If you desire more than one piece (oh, that’d be grand!) we’ll hook you up with one for each $20 donated. Easy peasy! Or flag us down next time you see us; I’m likely to have pieces in hand if you’d want to sign them yourself! We’ll be running this fundraiser until all the pieces are sold, but it’d be great to have it all put together when the time comes to submit our dossier (at that time a huge chunk of money is due…eeep!).

…this is such a beautiful thing, such a worthy investment. It has very little to do with us; it’s so much bigger. Join us? Pretty please?

And really, anything helps. If you cannot afford to financially contribute, we completely understand. Would you still consider praying for us (and/or click here for other ways you can be involved)? We covet your prayers – this process is exhilarating, but terrifying if I’m going to be honest.
Thank you for your support. We truly value every one of you. And know she will, too.
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