Did you know that November is Adoption Awareness month?? No!!! Well it is. We have so many friends who have adopted or are in the process of adopting and it is something that is so very close to my heart.
When I was a kid I always dreamed that I would find a baby on my doorstep, I still look out the window while we drive just in case someone has abandoned a baby. The longing inside of me to give a child a home that they otherwise would not have is huge.
As a Christian I know that God has called us to adopt and to help others adopt. James 1:27 says, “27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” The first time that adoption became very real to me was when I was 20 years old and on a missions trip to Central Asia. We had the opportunity to visit an orphanage, and the two little ones that I am holding in the above picture hung off of me the whole time. They were two of the youngest in the orphanage and didn’t really get into the games so I just sat and prayed with them. After we were done for the day our team was talking with the lady who runs the orphanage and I was asking the missionary who was with us about the adoption laws in the country out of curiosity. Within the same minute the lady who runs the orphanage was asking me if I wanted to adopt the two little ones. Talk about having all the air knocked out of you. I wish I could have said yes right then and there. I wish I could have taken those little ones home with me and loved them. But I couldn’t. There is so much more to adoption than just popping into an orphanage and picking your child and taking them home. If that was the case my home would be filled with kids.
For our family we believe that we will adopt one day. I don’t know when that day will come. Between student loans and Stefan not being a permanent resident of Canada we have a few road blocks in our way that we are trusting God with. So in the mean time we are praying and trusting God. I am reading books and blogs and chatting with other families who have gone through the process.
I just want other people to think about adoption as well. Maybe you don’t feel like it is right for your family to bring a child into your lives. But what about helping others do that? What about supporting other families with the HUGE financial cost of bringing a child into a safe and loving environment. If you want to read more about adoption check out my new friend Emmy and her blog It’s Just Emmy. Her family is just getting ready to bring home their second adopted baby any day now, and she has been blogging and having guest bloggers in talking about adoption and all things that go with it. I also stole the above image from her blog.Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing.