Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sharp Contrasts

   Im writing this post a little later than I should and hoping God will restore the words I once so desperately wished to share with you. Im writing this post to encourage those of you reading to adopt so if your on the edge and waiting for the push you better have soft carpet! Here it comes!

   Let me start with  a little flash back to our final days in Russia. I was alone with Samuel and going through the final steps needed to obtain his exit Visa. It was a difficult day for me as I missed my homeland despite International travel as a missionary for eleven years and I missed my beloved Marcos. I asked God to send me a gift. I knew it was selfish but I even asked for a specific gift. I asked for white Butterflies. Guess what? As I approached the American Embassey in Moscow  I was surrounded by three, then four, then atleast five or six and they danced around my skirt while I flashed my ID to the stoic officer at the sidewalk entrance into the building!

   At this point you probably think im a bit crazy but let me reassure you, I am. I am crazy in love with Jesus who gives us the Holy Spirit and often surprises me with several answered prayers!

  So, let me reassure you if you are thinking about adoption that you should know God is for you and not against you. Last evening was very chilly with rain and cold winds. As we learn to love the differences in our very Russian son and overlook eachothers weaknesses as a family I often need some time alone on my back porch steps. Its just my secret place to talk to God and breathe. I kept asking how we could ever learn all we needed to help Samuel understand this new culture and if our differences would ever help us and not hinder us and then.....right before I could utter another word...I saw before me a beautiful contrast of RED and WHITE....

The differences in color made the image burst with beauty! The differences in texture revealed special details in each and every way! The relationship between the two was harmonious and peaceful. Once again God was reminding me that every moment is taken captive by who He is as our creator. Our differences are what make us beautiful and the sin we find in trying to change anything God has created for a purpose can make us miss the beauty of that very contrast!

   Dont be afraid to adopt. Yes, its not the same way everyone forms a family, yes there will be challenges, yes you will need to depend on God and look for His Wisdom but it is all worth it and it is more beautiful than you can imagine!


Our Bike ride together!

   Samuel, Marcos and I went shopping the other day at Walmart. It didnt seem like an eventful evening until we meandered into the baby section on our way to bike gear. Samuel spent some time pushing the swings and asking questions about many of the items. He always finds more questions than answers at any store we find ourselves in.  Samuel looked at me and asked, " Did you have when you were a baby?" I was lost for words but answered as honestly as I could and he seemed satisfied.

   The question itself was eventful because it was the first time our kiddo asked any one of us about our beginnings and that evening it opened the door to many pleasent discussions about how priceless Samuel is to us! Amidst all the precious invitations and announcements for new babies I get almost monthly from friends, Marcos and I find each other deeply in love with our priceless new son! We couldnt imagine life without him and we are more grateful to God daily for His gift of our son!


Thursday, October 6, 2011

The rising cost of rescuing the fatherless

Preparing for court Marcos and Samuel are caught in a beautiful moment

     I spoke with a dear friend of mine yesterday afternoon who works daily to tug at hearts and open the minds of many to adoption from Russia. She spends her days on the phone and her weeks flying back and forth to Russia in hopes the hosting families will find their sons or daughters and follow through with bringing them into their home forever. I admire her courage and thank God that she didnt tell Marcos and I that the journey to adopt was impossible. She knew we earned much less in one year as a married couple to afford the required fees for adoption to bring our son home. She never gave up on us and encouraged us to pursue and follow through even when we felt our mixed citizenship was causing many precious people to shuffle through papers and come up with new ways to introduce us to the authorites as "eligible."

     If your reading this and have seen the fees involved and are wondering how we did it I have four words for you ,"With God  all things are possible." It really isnt just a bumper sticker. After I spoke with my friend yesterday I wanted to cry. The monetary cost has risen incredibly since we began our journey more than two years ago. Then I had to stop myself and remember that it really is just paper. Our king of kings owns cattle on a thousand hills. I dont need to worry about the families that are raising money or the children hoping someone will adopt them. God has it all under His control and He will provide. Please dont let the monetary cost of rescuing and giving  these kids a future stop you from adopting. There is nothing God cannot help you with. 

   Believe us, the reward to being a parent to one of these precious kids is incredible! My kiddo is sitting with me as I type this and I know its because we simply didnt have the money but we did have God's resources and they are endless!

A Blessing beyond measure

Papa Marcos and Samuel

Two jumping Monkeys!


Our son is joy and we are so thankful to his family and God for him!