(drives me crazy when this happens) Our ART 5 will be picked up on Monday and next is TA so I'm thinking about packing for China and the logistics at home, among many other things!
(plus the fact that I have written this 3 times, found myself completely off track each time and deleted it)
Straight to the point-
When I look at the waiting children, my heart breaks. It's different now- I am no longer looking at who is our child. I feel connect to all of them. I cannot bare that these precious souls live without a mother, a father and a family. I look at their pictures, their longing eyes, their needs and I think well you could fit in our family and so could you and so could you and so could you... I continually ask the agencies about their waiting children- the answer in a kind, round about way is always no because we are in the adoption process most of the time.
I know that God in his infinite wisdom knows who should be our child/ children. Thank goodness someone is in control and thank goodness it is not me!
I see the love for the orphans in you- bloggy friends. I see your hearts swelling and desires increasing to get the children home. We are in this together. Together we can serve God and change the world for the orphans.
I love adoption. Adopting our children has actually helped me understand how God has adopted me. It has helped me to understand his love for me and taught me how I can love others. Because I see the beauty of adoption with in our own home- I encourage others to adopt, adopt, adopt! And now, China has opened the door (rather God has opened China's door) to bringing home more that one child at a time. I realize this is not for every family BUT it is for us and I look at it as an incredible opportunity to double the blessings.
So here is my question to you- when your quiver is full- when God let's you know that your family is complete (or you age out ;-)
What more will you do? You may no longer adopt but there is so much more work to be done for the orphans.
Where do you think the needs are greatest (for the orphans)? (getting them home to other families, spreading God's word, education, food, training for the caretakers, foster homes, etc)
If NOTHING was holding you back, what would you do?
I asked Sarah "When she was in China what did she want more than anything?" I didn't know what her answer would be- I was more thinking along the lines of what could we provide for the children that might brighten their day.
Her answer was "A Mommy and a Daddy."
It is so simple- please adopt these sweet waiting children!