Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Colorado Sisters Need a Family

Name: Cecilia G
Child ID: 8718
State: CO
Birthday: 5/2003
Grade in school: 1
Special Interests: Biking, coloring
Ethnicity: Hispanic
Listed On: 11/2009

Sibling Name: Milinda G
Child ID: 8719
State: CO
Birthday: 5/2001
Grade in school: 2
Special Interests: Giving hugs, helping others
Ethnicity: Hispanic
Listed On: 11/2009

These sisters are precious. For those of you who know me, know that I have a soft spot in my heart for kids with Down Syndrome. Our youngest daughter Zinnia has DS. We are blessed. :)

For more information contact:

Colorado Adoption Exchange

303-755-4756


Name: Cecilia G
Profile: Milinda is an active and engaging youngster who loves to give hugs. She is in the second grade and does well in her self-contained classroom, although her outgoing personality has helped her make friends in regular classes in the school. Assisting her friends and teachers around the classroom is what she does best. Last year she even won an award at her school! She is working on becoming more independent and expressing herself; she continues to work on her spoken language abilities as well as learning sign language. Milinda has Down Syndrome and it is not known whether she will be able to live independently as an adult. Younger sister Cecilia loves to play and be silly! She can often be found playing outside on her bike, or coloring her favorite pictures with her friends and sister. She does well in her first grade classroom where her teacher calls her a "wonderful little girl." Her natural curiosity and great memory for details helps Cecilia with her creative projects. She loves one-on-one attention and will reward you with lots of smiles and laughs. Milinda participates in speech and occupational therapies at school, and Cecilia benefits from counseling. These therapies might need to be continued after they have been placed in their adoptive home. The caseworker would like the girls to be adopted by a couple; however, all family types will be considered. The girls need to maintain contact with another sister. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related services. We only accept inquiries on the sibling pair, who will be placed together. For Colorado children, both home-studied and non-home-studied Colorado families are encouraged to inquire; only home-studied families from other states should do so.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Priceless

Priceless-Amazon

This new book by Tom Davis will be release in June 2010. Go to Tom's blog to check out the details and get a preview of this powerful novel. http://tomdavis.typepad.com

Adopted for Life

Adopted for Life


Adopted for Life by Russell Moore is an excellent book! Put it on your wish list for Christmas this year.

Here is a couple of excerpts from Chapter 3 titled Joseph of Nazareth vs. Planned Parenthood

As Joseph images the Father of the fatherless, he shows us how adoption is more than charity, It's spiritual warfare.
(There is a whole section in this chapter on Adoption and Spiritual Warfare. That is something we all need to be aware of. )

When we adopt -- and when we encourage a culture of adoption in our churches and communities -- we're picturing something that's true about God. We, like Jesus, see what our Father is doing and do likewise (John 5:19). And what our Father is doing, it turns out, is fighting for orphans, making them sons and daughters.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Are we anticipating victory?

Hebrews 12:2
fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NAS)


This verse got me thinking this morning. I often ask Jesus to make me more like him.
Parenting - whether your child is born into your family or adopted into you family can be a challenge.
Do we have the attitude spoken about in this passage: "for the joy set before Him"?
Are we anticipating in faith those days of joy and victory?
Jesus endured the trials set before him because he knew that we would be set-free by his act of obedience.
How will our children see victory because of our obedience? Our obedience to keep loving them, guiding the and praying for them - no matter what each day brings. As Jesus is our example to live be remember: Keep walking forward in obedience.
Jesus' decision to obedience had eternal purpose for all of us. Our decision to walk in obedience has eternal purpose in our children's lives.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Waiting Child in Colorado

This young man has been on my heart. Will you join in praying that he is matched with his forever family very soon? I know that he is getting close to aging out of the foster care system. Having a forever family would always give him someone to go home too. Contact the Adoption Exchange for further information at: 303-755-4756 Thank you!!! :)



Name: Dontae C
Child ID: 5525
State: CO
Birthday: 9/1992
Grade in school: 11
Special Interests: Writing poetry, sports, friends
Ethnicity: African American
Listed On: 11/2009





Name: Dontae C
Profile: Meet Dontae, an up-and-coming poet! Charismatic, creative, and having a good sense of humor are just a few of the ways to describe Dontae. This likeable young man has many strengths. He excels in athletics and makes friends easily. During quieter moments, he enjoys writing poetry and has become quite an accomplished poet. Dontae is in the eleventh grade. He is very social at school and gets along with his teachers and other adults. Dontae is intelligent and benefits from encouragement to achieve his educational and life goals. He participates in counseling, which may need to continue following placement. The caseworker prefers a two-parent home; however, all family types will be considered. He hopes to remain in contact with his biological father and siblings. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related services. For Colorado children, both homestudied and non-homestudied Colorado families are encouraged to inquire; only homestudied families from other states should do so.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Nashville, Tennessee Live Orphan Sunday Event

Did you miss the live event in Nashville on Nov. 8th? It is now available on-line.
I am looking foward to tuning in this afternoon and watching it!!!
:)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Our Adoption Story


Our Adoption Story

Our adoption story began years ago when I was a little girl. Growing up with my parents being pastors we often had missionaries in our home. They would share their slide show pictures of the people that they ministered to – those pictures often included orphans. Their faces were permanently etched on my heart at a young age.

Jeff and I met while we were seniors in High School. When we were dating we talked about adopting but, that subject didn’t come up again for many years.

After our 3rd child Hannah was born I was pretty sure we were done having children. Hannah was born prematurely; it was a difficult pregnancy forcing us to make the choice to have my tubes tied during her delivery.

When Hannah was in 1st grade I felt the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart that we would have more children. I believed that God to do anything so I fully expected to get pregnant even though it would be a miracle if it happened. When it didn’t happen month after month I finally confided in a friend about what I felt like the Holy Spirit was speaking to my heart and she said “Maybe He wants you to adopt”. That was a light bulb moment. I went to the library and began checking out books about adoption. There were so many choices, it was confusing. At that time we began attending a new small group. What are the chances that we would start attending a group that had 4 adoptive families?

During that time in our lives I worked the mornings at our business. One morning I just happened to be home and just happened to turn on a Christian TV show. What was it about? Orphan girls in China! I cried through the whole program and knew at that moment that we had a daughter in China. My mom came from KC for a visit a couple weeks later and I shared with her about what was stirring in my heart. She gave me a copy of the Readers Digest that she read on the plane on the way here and specifically a story about a couple adopting a little girl from Korea. The agency featured in the article was Holt International in Oregon. I called the agency and they sent us a packet of information.

Now, I have to tell you that my husband thought I was CRAZY!! All of our kids were in school full-time. Even though he didn’t feel the call to adopt like I did he honored what God had put on my heart and said “yes”. We submitted our preliminary application to Holt and they responded pretty quickly. They said that they would love to work with our family but, would like us to consider the Philippines instead of China because we did not fit China’s criteria. At that time China’s guidelines were you had to be at least 35 years old and childless. We were neither. We said that we would pray about it and called them a couple of days later and said that we felt strongly that we had a daughter in China and to please submit our dossier. They did and a couple of months later we got a call that we were matched with a 14 month old healthy little girl. 3 months later my friend Nancy and I traveled to China to bring Beth home. We were in a travel group with 9 other families and have stayed connected with them since.

Our meeting day in China was full of wild emotions. Here was this little girl that I had never met and I was so in love with her. I had never held her, I had never comforted her, I had never fed her but, she was still mine. That is when my knowledge of God’s love for me grew from head knowledge to heart knowledge. We were told that when we went to register at the province office that day that some babies had come in on the train so to make sure that we brought our bags and gifts. Sure enough when we pulled up I saw Beth in her foster mom’s arms. We were told we couldn’t go right up to the children we had to wait for the formal introduction. It was pure joy to hold Beth for the first time. Her foster mom told her “your mama” as she handed her to me. I was ofcourse crying. Beth was so worried bless her heart. Her life was about to change forever and she didn’t know that it would be for the better. Her life in China is all that she knew and she loved her foster mom. Part of me felt a little guilty taking her from her homeland. After all the interviews were done and it was time to go Beth was back in her foster moms arms. Her foster mom indicated to me that she wanted to walk me to the van and then she would give her to me then. We didn’t speak the same language but, we understood eachother just fine. Sure enough when we got to the van the foster mom placed her in my arms. I scooted over to the far window with Beth in my lap and the foster mom came around to that side of the van and put her hand up to the window. Beth then placed her hand to the window to mirror her foster mom – they were both sobbing. There was not a dry eye in the van at this time.

It took several days to see Beth smile. She was so sad and would cry whenever I would set her down. I didn’t even know that she could walk for the first week. Little by little she became more comfortable with me as her mommy. Trust is a tough road sometimes when your life is turned upside down.

Shortly after Beth came home we realized that we would need to adopt an asian sibling for Beth. If you asked Beth what color of eyes or hair she had, she would answer blue and blonde. She wanted to fit in and she didn’t like all of the attention she got when we went out and about. We started praying about the possibility of adopting again. One night when Jeff and I were praying together – not adoption related God gave me a picture in my mind. In the picture was a group of Asian people in a parade. I could see that they were carrying a sign in the distance but, couldn’t read it. They were dancing and happy as they carried this sign. As they drew closer in my mind I could read the sign. It said “Abigail is from Korea”. Now is that an answer to prayer or what? The very next day we went to the agency and submitted our Application – it was July 2006. We were #4 on the list for a girl. We got a call at the end of August that they had a referral for us – a baby girl born the end of July.

Now, I have to go back and tell you a story that happened during our wait for Beth’s referral. I had a dream. In the dream I was holding a little asian girl and she had a casting on her left leg like she had a club foot. I fully expected that Beth would be a special needs referral with a club foot and was disappointed that my dream didn’t come true. I told my pastor’s wife about it and she said “oh, that is your next little one”. What? I couldn’t even think of adopting again while we were still waiting for Beth. So I forgot about that.

When they called to tell us about our referral from Korea they said that there was a little problem with the baby. She had a club left foot. I about dropped the phone. It was a no brainer if we were going to say “yes” or not to this baby. God had clearly led us to Korea and had clearly given me a picture of a baby with a club foot. We did say yes and sign the paperwork that day and Abby came home right before Thanksgiving. She had a positional deformity that corrected itself. God used that dream to confirm His plan once again for our family.

When Abby turned 1 I started getting that feeling again. That feeling that someone was missing. How can it be that you have 5 children and you feel like someone is missing? I don’t know how to even put it into words. Once again God started confirming our steps by giving us pictures of an African American boy to both Jeff and I. One morning during Praise and Worship at church God gave me a picture of our family and in that picture was not only an AA boy but, an AA girl. You know I didn’t even share that with Jeff right away because I thought he just might pack up a bag and run away. I am kind of kidding and kind of serious about that. :) We inquired about a sibling set of two boys in St.Louis. They were 4 and 1 and were AA. Their case worker was very firm that she wanted them to be placed with an AA family. We ahead and sent our homestudy. We inquired weekly about them. Then one day we got a call about an infant baby in Florida – would we be interested? We said “yes”. Logan came home just before he turned 1 month old. What a handsome, handsome little guy. He had the deepest cries – you could hardly hear him.

When Logan was 2 years old he started asking for an AA brother. Everyone wants to have someone that they look like in the family. So once again we began the homestudy process and were requesting an infant boy. We submitted our homestudy to several agencies in the south and east coast. We were matched with a birthmom in Florida. As time went on we found out that she was expecting a girl. We decided to name her Jillian. We got a call from our agency when she went into labor and they asked us to book our flights to arrive the next day. The next morning we got a call that said “don’t come”. The birthfather’s mom had come to the hospital and said she wanted the baby. That caused the birthmom to leave the hospital with the baby and therefore we weren’t going to be able to adopt this baby. I was heart broken and cried for days!!!! During the next few months we got many, many calls about babies that were about to be born and were we interested. We said “yes” everytime but, by the next day the birthmom or family had changed their minds. Then one day we got a call about an infant girl in Tennessee. Her parental rights had been terminated and could we come and get her in a few days. OFCOURSE we said. That was our Jillian. Yes, there was heart ache in this process. It is hard to get yourself emotionally involved and committed and then have it not work out. It was worth it though.

During this time we had been in contact with an orphanage in Haiti. Haiti had never been an option for us because they were very particular about larger families. Then we heard about a window of opportunity for large families to adopt from Haiti. The orphanage that Jeff had been to on a missions trip said that they would work with us. We asked for a boy over the age of one and Luke David was who they had in mind for us. David (Daveed) as he was called in Haiti was born HIV positive. His birthmom died shortly after his birth and his birth father and grandmother could not take care of him. He came into care at 2 months old weighing only 4 lbs. He reverted to HIV negative before he turned 15 months old. Thank you Lord!!! We committed to adopt him and it took until he was 3 years old before he came home. It was a long wait!!!!! It was a tough transition for all of us. Luke didn’t understand safety or boundaries and it just nearly wore me out physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Once again – when I was minding my own business the Lord started speaking to me again about adopting. Specifically adopting a child with Down Syndrome. “What, I

said, you cannot be serious. I cannot parent a child with Down Syndrome.” He responded quickly to my heart with “You are right, you can’t but, I can”. I still wasn’t convinced at that point but, He gently and firmly confirmed His will for us in this journey.

Some many things happened that we were sure that God had confirmed we were to proceed and seek a child with DS to adopt.

Everywhere I went I would run into a family with a child with DS. It was almost comical. Or the time I picked up a devotional and on that day was a special story about a young man with DS. Or the day that I helped the children carry Christmas packages into their school and have a little girl I have NEVER seen before come running up to me saying “Look at this picture. This is my cousin and he has down syndrome”. Seriously what are the chances? Right then and there I looked up into the sky and said “Okay, Lord I got it”

A couple of weeks later we were sent a profile of a little girl in Hong Kong. She was 4 months old. Jeff was getting ready to go on a weekend away by himself and I gave him the packet. They didn’t have a picture yet but, I knew in my heart she was ours. Jeff came home from his weekend and said “no”. I was sad that he didn’t say yes but, the Holy Spirit told me not to call the agency but, just to wait. Through the next week the Holy Spirit confirmed in Jeff’s heart that Zinnia was to be another flower in our garden. Zinnia came home when she was 14 months old. Has it been challenging to adopt a child with DS? Yes. God has been faithful to bring mentors, respite care providers and therapists into our lives to help Zinnia thrive and grow.

God will confirm and lead you according to His will if we ask him!!! :)


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish their Adoptive Parents Knew

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge: Book Cover


This book has been a great resource for our family. It has opened discussion to some tough issues. It will give you insight as a parent and help your kids share their hearts.
Sherrie will be at the event I posted about that Journey to Me is hosting. If you can make it to this event I think it will be a blessing. :)

National Adoption Day w/Sherri Eldridge

Presented by Journey to Me!

Celebrate National Adoption Day by spending the weekend with Famous Adoption Author, Sherrie Eldridge! (November 20 & 21st)

Friday Night join the family celebration! Bring the kids to this fun, free event that will include…
• Sherrie Eldridge reading her children’s book “ Fingerprints”
• Kids “Fingerprint” activity
• Sweets and Treats
• Surprise Gift for All Adopted Kids
• Celebrate to the soul-infused sounds of Colorado’s own, “Five Foot Fusion”. They are sure to keep you tapping your toes… (Family Concert)

Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Greenwood Community Church

5600 E Belleview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

(303) 843-0281

Cost: “Free”


On Saturday, join Sherri Eldridge for a powerful workshop! “Twenty Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed”
Cost: $25.00 per couple - Register Now

http://www.journeytome.com/events.cfm?event=1005

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Steven Curtis Chapman

This story was just released on CNN about Steven Curtis Chapman's newly released CD - Beauty will Rise
Click on the link below to read the article.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/11/12/steven.curtis.chapman/index.html


The CD is wonderful - we have been listening to it at home this week.
:)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Seed Planting

Seed Planting

I have had the privilege of teaching Fields of the Fatherless study several times. This time chapter 5 brought new meaning and revelation to me.

Some days it feels like the seeds we are planting just aren’t taking root. The day to day frustrations, disagreements and tantrums can wear you down physically, emotionally and spiritually.

While we know that adopting child (or being a foster family) is not for our personal fulfillment. It is sure a blessing to have it reciprocated. What do we do in the seasons when that love is not returned? I would say days but, it seems more like seasons to me right now.

2 Thessalonians 3:13
Dear Friends, you must never become tired of doing right.


Galatians 6:9
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.


Some days I am tired, discouraged and down right angry. In that moment I realize that like Peter (Matthew 14) I have taken my eyes of Jesus. When I take my eyes off Him – I will get discouraged and I am prone to fail Him and those who are dear to me.

Hebrews 12:2a
We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete.


Seeds of Hope -

For all of us! While we are planting seeds of hope in our children’s lives here are some verses to encourage that we can stand on.

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.

Hebrews 13:5
I will never leave you, Nor will I ever forsake you.


THE HARVEST WILL COME - Standing in Faith!! :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fields of the Fatherless Book and DVD




My hearts desire is for more people to be involved in their local churches speaking out for the widow, the lonely and the orphan. Is God calling you to be a voice in your local church body? Fields of the Fatherless is a great study to do with a group of people in your church to see what God's will is for you and your church body regarding the widow, the lonely and the orphan. As you walk through this study God will confirm His will for you and your church. We have watched it time and time again each time we host this study.
I have 10 copies of the book and a DVD to go with each book that Tom Davis made to help you on this journey. Each chapter has a 5-7 minutes video to accompany it.
Please respond to this post or email me and I would be happy to send it to you.
What do I get out of this you might ask? The joy of knowing that as you read this book and then share it with others children's lives will be touched for eternity because you were obedient to respond. :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

What happens when....

a pastor calls his church to adoption less than one year ago? Not just to adopt but, also to provide funds for those called ot adopt. Read this article sent to me by Lifesong - WOW!!!!




Kingsland Baptist Church | Tapestry Adoption Ministry

Wow! What can happen in less than 1 year in Church Orphan Ministry!...

January 2009 - Senior Pastor Alex Kennedy shares a "state of Kingsland" sermon expressing his desire for Kingsland Baptist Church to focus on Adoption & Orphan Care

Since then...

1. Within a few weeks of that sermon, a significant amount of funds were contributed by congregation in response to sermon...those funds were allocated for Kingsland Church Adoption Fund that Lifesong administers.

2. Pastor Alex and his wife Christy feel called & begin the process to adopt a child domestically in the state of Texas.

3. Patrick McCrory, Robin Espey and an entire team at Kingsland begin to form the "Tapestry Adoption Ministry", providing resources like: Adoption Fund, Guiding families thru Domestic & International Adoption process, CPS and Foster Care information, Post-Adoption Services, and debunking Common Myths.

4. November 1, 2009 - Pastor Alex preaches on the "Gift of Adoption" including the theology of adoption

And check out this fun "Tapestry Adoption Corner" they've created in a main hallway to create a culture of adoption @ Kingsland!

Kingsland adoption awareness wall in a main hallway

Kingsland adoption mission statement

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Greater Works

"Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and , in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12

God does not want us to be docile followers of Jesus, so overawed by him that we never attempt anything but pale imitations of his works. He intends people full of initiative, expanding in countless ways the ministry of redemptive love he launched.

Father in heaven, it is hard for me to think of doing greater works than your Son. What those works are is your business; the willingness to shed my lazy timidity and start believing and praying after the manner of Jesus is mine, in whose name I ask for help to do it faithfully. Amen.
devotion written by Eugene Peterson

This devotion blessed me this morning. We can do nothing without His love and mercy. Let's commit to be bold in the calling that He has placed on our hearts. It can be both scary and exciting to be obedient to His calling. Don't let fear keep you from doing what God has put on your heart. :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Adoption Stories

http://www.icareaboutorphans.org/

Please click on the above link.
You can listen to a couple of stories that I know will bless and encourage you.
The Rosati Adoption Story. Kelly is the Director for Focus on the Families Orphan Care Initiative. Then you can hear directly from Focus on the Families Jim Daly and his testimony on how God touched his life forever regarding orphans and the lonely.
Focus on the Family has many resources for churches regarding orphan and adoption ministries.

ORPHAN SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 8. 2009

This Sunday is Orphan Sunday!
Pray for:
-hearts to be moved in obedience to His Will for orphans around the world
-children who need forever families to step forward
-children who need mentors to step into their lives if adoption is not an option for them
-adoptive families as the lead and grow their families with the love of the Lord
-foster families as they never know what a day will bring with new children coming into their homes needing unconditional love and care
-you, yes you! Pray that God will touch your heart and speak to you about His will for you regarding those in need.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thriving As An Adoptive Family


This book must get into every adoptive families hands!!! It is the most complete book I have ever read about the issues adoptive families are faced with. It gets right to the heart of the matter with practical advice and much needed encouragement.
This book brings together many different gifted authors to cover topics such as:
Attachment and Bonding - Sibling and Extended Family Relationships - Developing a Support Network (this is important!!!) - Nurture and Discipline - Loss and Grief - Ethnic Identity - Sexual Abuse - Drug and Alcohol Effects
If you know an adoptive family - this is one of the best gifts you could bless them with.

Monday, November 2, 2009

NOVEMBER - National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month!
Here is a newly release adoption song by Peder Eide titled "Why wouldn't I?"
You will be blessed!!!