I made my first trip to Haiti in 1998. Fell in love with my first orphan in 2000. Started a non-profit to help Haiti in 2003 and started taking teams down on short-term mission trips soon after. I fell in love with Wanna and Fritzon (and a lot of others in the same orphanage) in March of 2010 and had to wait over 2 years to start the adoption process due to the laws of Haiti and a process that is always changing. Our documents were finally submitted and accepted in the fall of 2012 and are currently moving through the court system. We are quickly (hopefully) approaching the end of our adoption. This is my blog to talk about all things related to our adoption and any thing else I think is relevant to it. Enjoy!

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Longest Pregnancy EVER!

FYI - I'm still pregnant! Pick your jaw up off the floor... it's only in my heart but it's been the longest pregnancy EVER!!!! Have you ever wondered how or why people adopt or how we can love kids that we rarely see or don't really know? I know people wonder this b/c I get asked ....well it's because God does something in our hearts that we can't control. We can't control the love we have for children we birth... it's just there and there's a maternal instinct to love and protect those children. Just as God gives parents that connection and bond at physical conception or birth He does the same thing when He conceives adoption into an adoptive parents heart. People never question a parent's devotion to their biological children or even step-children but yet adoptive parents are questioned all the time. So if you're wondering how we can wait for almost 3 years and still want and love kids that we rarely see this is the only way I know how to explain it. Every day I think about my kids just like you would if you were separated from your kids. Every time we have a family function or picture I long for them to be with us. I'm fighting for and working through the system just like you would if your kids were put in jail overseas...doing whatever it takes to bring them home. Just want you to see how real the love is for us. It's not a phase or a fad... it's not a humanitarian thing... it's a true, deep, unconditional love that a parent has for their child. I didn't ask for it... it was just created inside me just as a baby is conceived in her mother's womb and all I can do is be in awe that God gave us this gift, these children, that I get to love the same way I love the kids I gave birth to. Sooo I sit here still pregnant.... longing to give birth and I don't even get the pleasure of knowing a due day or birth week or heck, even a birth month! Oh well... not much I can do about it now. :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Orphan Sunday

Tomorrow is Orphan Sunday and as I arrive back home from a country overflowing with orphans who need families I am thankful for the decision my birth mom made to allow me to go to a family who could raise me and for the family who had enough love to raise me as their own. No child should ever have to dream about having a family of their own. So many people love the idea of adoption but are scared to do it themselves.... Scared of what others will think, scared they can't handle it, scared of the unknowns... but there are so many qualified people. If you've ever thought about foster care or adoption do it. If you aren't in a position to take in a child then consider helping a family who is or sponsoring a waiting child. Imagine your life without your family, be thankful you didn't have to feel that growing up and help a child or family so they don't have to ever feel that lonely again. If you, your family, church or organization are interested in sponsoring a family who is adopting or a child who is waiting please let me know. I can hook you up. :)"