Archive - April 2013

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The Adoption Train
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Whittinghill Family Sponsored!!
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Taylor family sponsored!
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I-800 Approval!
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Mitchell Family Sponsored!
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Arthur Family Sponosored!
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Can’t Run? Sponsor Someone Who Can!
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Up and Away 5K: 3 reasons why you should register now!
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STUCK
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Update Pictures

The Adoption Train

I have recently stumbled upon some pretty ridiculous articles and books targeted at Christian adoptive parents. They are floating around, just hop on facebook or twitter, I promise, you’ll find them. Articles containing phrases like hopping on the “adoption train” are particularly annoying. As angry as these viewpoints make me, I do realize we live in America and that’s kinda what we are about. Sharing opinions, debating opinions and eventually moving on feeling our separate ways. Every once in awhile, one person is so glaringly correct that both sides agree in the end and walk away hand in hand. (I’m insinuating that I’m right… keep following along.)

I can summarize what I’ve been reading about Christian adoptive parents in one, fairly long sentence. Christian adoptive parents are abusing the adoption industry, creating trafficking issues, adopting for selfish reasons, hoarding children, using adoption as an evangelism tool and finally screwing up the unfortunate kids that end up in our families.

Okay then. Those are some pretty freaking big accusations.

I could approach this by breaking down each accusation and providing supporting evidence for why each of those items does not reflect Christian adoptive parents as a whole. Now, I will concede that there are certainly some wacky evangelical groups that may be doing some odd things and may have some interesting views when it comes to adoption… but I’m talking about regular old Christian adoptive families, not radical fringe groups that unfortunately get grouped in with us regular evangelicals. Back to the point… I’m not going to do what I mentioned above, I think it’s a lot simpler to tell you why we adopt.

1. We adopt because there is a need. A real need. Argue all you want about how many orphans there really are. But there is a need. And until you’ve visited numerous orphanages around the world and held these REAL children with YOUR arms… shut your mouth. Don’t you dare tell me there isn’t a need for children to have families.

2. We adopt because we want to have a family. We are motivated by the desire to have children in our home. Plain and simple, we desire to have sons and daughters because children bring joy.

3. We adopt because we have been given life and love. Our faith gives us a model to pattern our actions after. We worship a loving Father that pours into us abundantly. Why not bring that love into our parenting model… pouring love and grace abundantly into our children, biological or adopted?

4. We adopt because we have room and resources. We can provide medical care to children who have life threatening conditions, we can provide a non-institutionalized environment where a child can thrive under the love of a family. Argue with me all day if you want to but I believe that children belong in families. Now, I do realize and know first hand that many children simply do not have the correct paperwork and background to be adopted. This is where indigenous adoption movements and well run orphanages come in. There is hope outside of international adoption but we need all facets of the orphan care movement, including adoption,to make a dent in this epidemic.

As you can see, for most of us, we have good intentions when it comes to adoption. There is no sinister, weirdo reason for adopting. We aren’t trying to clone anyone or make soldiers or mini-institutions in our homes. We love children. We claim them as our own. Our children are not adopted, they were adopted and they are now in our forever family.

And yes. We will teach them about God and pray that they love him as we do. That He becomes their savior. Why? Because that is our heartbeat. As evangelical Christians we believe we were created by God. We believe that his saving grace is what guides us and gives us purpose. Wouldn’t it be fickle if we didn’t desire for our children to share this faith?

So let’s close this out. Although I know this is only the beginning. We love our children, we cannot imagine our lives without our precious families. Our motivations to adopt are of pure heart. Tear that apart all you want, but in the end, there is no argument. We know the truth and no amount of speculation or attack can take that away.

Whittinghill Family Sponsored!!

Our next sponsored family is the Whittinghill family . LeAllison and Billy have been foster parents, Jonah’s Journey parents and have 6 kids currently in the house. Le is the heart of Jonah’s Journey and works incredibly hard to meet the needs of local kids in crisis. So excited to have them at the 5K!!

600504_480305731982839_2024149831_nOh.. and this is Le at Middle school camp. Her family is constantly changing and I couldn’t find a family pic with all of them… so this seemed to be the best option.

Thanks to Natalie Dohanos for sponsoring!!

Taylor family sponsored!

The Taylor family is adopting sweet Melanie from China. We will actually be traveling to China at the same time!! How fun! Check out their blog here.

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A big thank you goes out to Misti Coleman and Natalie Dohanos for providing this sponsorship!!

If you are interested in sponsoring a family to walk or run the 5K, click here.

I-800 Approval!

We received two great things today, our visas for China and our I-800 approval! One step closer! China in June. Wow. So much to do before then. Garage sale this week, 5k coming up, selling anything around the house that has any value… so much of these next few weeks are focusing on fundraising. At least we get to have fun while we’re doing it!

Mitchell Family Sponsored!

The Mitchell family is now sponsored to run the 5K! Check out their blog here. They are adopting sweet Issac from Haiti.

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Sponsorship was provided by Dr. Ken Taylor and Trica Hicks! Thanks!!

Click here if you are interested in sponsoring a family to run in the Up and Away 5K.

Arthur Family Sponosored!

We have now received sponsors for our second adoptive family! The Arthurs are adopting a precious one year old girl in Haiti. Check out their blog here.

Thank you Micha Clark and Julie Woodruff!

Can’t Run? Sponsor Someone Who Can!

We have had a great response to the 5K thus far! We have also had many sponsorship inquiries from folks who live out of town. Therefore, we would like to extend the opportunity to sponsor another individual.

We have 25 sponsorship slots available. Each slot represents a parent in our community who is currently in the process of adopting a child. We would love to have these families participate in such a fun event, but like us, they are saving every penny for their adoption expenses.

If you would like to sponsor, click here and choose the amount of slots you would like to sponsor. As we receive sponsorships for family we will post about them here on the blog and notify the sponsor as well.

In fact… we have already have one family sponsored!

Meet the Finn family! Waiting on a precious little one from Ethiopia!

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Thank you Blackwell family!

Up and Away 5K: 3 reasons why you should register now!

The response to our Up and Away 5K has been great! We can hardly contain our excitement! It’s hard to believe that in one month we will be gathering; capes, masks, and all to unite and run for two precious children! I guess you can say we’re like the Avengers… I’ll be black widow I think…

Now. On to the reasons I promised above.

1. You should register this week because it’s $25!!! The price will increase to $30 in just a few days.

2. You should register this week because our t-shirt is awesome! It’s going to be soft, made in the USA. And not knocking the Hanes Beefy Tee… well okay, I’m knocking it… NO Hanes Beefy Tee. This is a good shirt, you will wear it over and over. I promise.

3. You should register soon because We can’t guarantee a t-shirt in your specified size if you do not register in the next week and a half. The T-shirt order must go in! In fact, we may not be able to guarantee a t-shirt at all if you don’t register. Sad day. I mean… do you really want to be the only one without the non-Hanes Beefy Tee mentioned above? Right. So click here, register, choose your size, save $5, help bring kids home… I’ll stop there.

Oh. And here’s the link one more time. Just in case you forgot to click the one above.

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STUCK

The STUCK documentary tour will be in Nashville next week.

Thursday: April 18th 6:30 @ Fellowship Church

If you are an adoptive family or have walked with an adoptive family this is a must see! Children across the globe are suffering and waiting needlessly and we want to see change!

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Update Pictures

Received a happy surprise from our agency today. Updated pictures of our Lola! Good and bad all at the same time. There are just so many emotions that flow through me when I see my beautiful girl who is so far away right now. I just need to hold her. I’m so joyful to see her face and so sad that we can’t be with her yet. Our entire family is longing for her homecoming. So close, yet so far away. And so many things to face when she gets home. I hate the idea of hopping straight into medical crap when she gets home but that just how it’s going to be. Plenty of bonding and attachment can happen in hospital waiting rooms right?

newlolaupdateWe are coming soon beautiful girl!

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