Well, it has been five weeks since we have formally announced our adoption. Five weeks. If you were pregnant, this would be about equivalent to month 2. You know that a baby is coming, yet there is so much you can’t do yet. You don’t know the gender – so as badly as you want to go buy cute little things, you just can’t. They don’t really make non-gender specific stuff anymore. Maybe your like me, and you have started to look at baby furniture. This weekend, I had a moment where I realized how different adoption and pregnancy is. In pregnancy, you can choose to find out what the gender of your baby will be. Right now, in this process, we are not sure. We are hoping we will get to make a gender specification- we have a lot of one gender items from friends and family that we could use. However, there is no way to be sure we can do that – and really, the Lord might have something else in mind. The other hard part is, you don’t know your “due date” – even from the beginning of a pregnancy – you know what month your little one will be born. So, you can look at holiday onesies and pick up little things. Not so with adoption. This weekend, I was at Target, and I saw the cute Easter stuff. There is no way to know if I will have a newborn, a 4 month old, or even a 9 month old. It is crazy to think – but it could really be any of those. Or, we could still be waiting. There is not really any gender neutral onesies (I struggle with yellow and green!) I walked the baby section slowly. My Mama heart wants to buy something so badly for my new little one that is growing in my heart. I looked at lots of baby things, and yet, had a hard time finding something I could buy for our baby. Finally, as I turned a corner, I found this – and finally found something I thought I could keep for my little one.
That bib is “eggstracute” as well!!! 🙂 So, it was my first buy for our baby, and now that my appetite for buying baby things has been wet – well, let’s just say it is a good thing we are working to save money for this adoption!
Speaking of saving money – we have been slowly trying to raise the funds for our adoption. The process seems so slow at times. People don’t want to just donate towards it – many want you to host parties or sell items so they can “take home” things. This is hard for a Mama of three to wrap my head around, because I am BUSY! However, I am trying to keep a positive attitude, and yes, there will be items you can buy and fundraisers to be had. At the moment, we are holding a “$5.00 Challenge” where we are asking everyone we know to donate through our GoFundMe link. This link allows people all over the world to donate to our cause of adoption. We can pull the money at anytime in order to help with the small parts along the way, like our home-study visit, in which we are trying to raise 1500 by May 1 so we can begin! This week, my sweet sister in law (and other family members) created this bottle piggy bank in which we can put our change. Our kiddos have loved finding change and putting in the bank, so they feel like they are helping bring home their baby! They are as excited as hubby and I!
Lastly, we have had lots of opportunities to share our story with people all over the world. We really feel like adoption is a calling on our lives, we are blessed that God would choose us to walk down this exciting road to care for HIS children. Adoption is a ministry – a mission outreach if you will. There are so many people who are touched through ONE adoption. When you are part of someones adoption story, by choosing to adopt, adopting, being adopted, or by GIVING to adoption, you are reaching lives. We plan on using this as an opportunity – an open door to share God’s love with others. Today, I am sharing more on my heart for adoption, and how it can be a ministry and a mission at Marriage, Motherhood, and Missions
Would you consider being a part of our five dollar challenge this week? No, you may not personally know me – however, I know God can use each and every one of us to change the landscape of eternity through reaching those we come in contact with – or even those we don’t. If you want to be a part, you can follow the link below. If not, pray about how God would use you in His story – and for His Kingdom!
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