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Monday, November 9, 2015

Be still my beating heart

Did you know that November is National Adoption Awareness Month? No, you didn't? Welp, now ya know!
If you're relatively new to this here bloggity blog, you may not know that I am a huge advocate and proponent for adoption. Sometimes even more so than having a child of your own because, let's be honest, there are so many children all over the world that need loving families and homes.
My passion for adoption started at a young age, when we adopted my sister from China. Isn't she the most precious thing in the world??
I know she appreciates the posting of random pictures of her. Ha! So my passion for adoption started at a young age and has only multiplied since then. The love and bond really can be like none other. And for the record, I forget that my sister is adopted. And I don't see Chinese when I look at her. All I see is my sister, and that's that. I don't love her any less than my 2 biological brothers. That's just not physically possible.
My cousin and her husband are about to embark on a journey in a few short days, to adopt their daughter. My heart is so full of love and joy and prayer for them, and their travels. They already have 3 young children (much like my parents did when we adopted my sister) and ya'll, you should hear and see the excitement they exude over their new sister that's coming soon. My cousin was telling me how each night they sit down and pray before bedtime. She said, without fail almost every night, her kids will pray for their new little sister, Lucy.
So why write all this? I write these words as a testimony that it's okay if your family is made up of different colors, ethnicities, etc. It's okay if you decide to not have children and simply adopt to grow your family. It's okay to love on a child that needs a family so badly. Think about it - once you become a Christ-follower, you're ADOPTED into God's family (Ephesians 1:5).
I'm so fortunate that my husband shares just as strong of a passion of adoption as I do. We really don't know what God is going to do for our family, and how He's going to design it. Whatever He does, we trust Him and know that He is good and loving. If adoption is not your thing, I just ask you one thing. Pray. Pray for those children who don't have families, and pray that God will bring that right family in their life at the right time.

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  1. I love this. Such an important message. I work in the foster care/adoption field, and we need more people like you and your family!

  2. I love this! :) Adoption is close to my heart too, and something Jared and I feel really strongly about. We hope it's in God's plans to add to our family through adoption one day too!

  3. Allllllll the YES! I love adoption, and although the Lord closed the door for us, I still pray that maybe someday He'll open that door back up!!

  4. Favorite post!!! :) Yes! I haven't been talking about it on social media yet but we're almost licensed!!! Yay! Once we're licensed, I'll be more public about it, but it's been awesome and we're super excited!