Friday, April 29, 2011

a gift for anika

last week, i realized that i've never written out elijah's complete adoption story.
only little pieces here and there will not do, not one bit.
so, i am working on changing that!
i hope to write and share our story very soon!
elijah grey is our first child. in the beginning of our journey, after much grief, we didn't really know what to expect. god opened our hearts and minds to anything he would bring our way. any child, any age, from anywhere, with any needs.
for this first adoption,
god chose a healthy newborn boy from the usa.
now, over two years later, we are seeking the lord about how our family will grow. where will our next children be from? uganda? ukraine? romania? north dakota? florida? this time of seeking and waiting is exciting. right now, as we wait for direction, we're choosing to help out this little one:
her name is anika. is she a cutie pants or what?!
she is waiting for a forever family. as a dear friend shared, there are two main hindrances to her possible adoption. first, anika is hiv+. if you are uneducated about hiv, or just feel generally uncomfortable with the thought, visit project hopeful. there you'll find the truth about hiv and become better equipped to pray for and serve those affected. our hearts are especially being burdened with precious hiv+ orphans. another darling friend has really given me a peek into something special. caring for these special hiv+ orphans. thank you, marianna! second, adopting anika will be expensive. we were graced with a domestic adoption for our first, much cheaper and simpler in many ways. we only have a small knowledge of what international adoption entails.

here's something really awesome.
love has whipped up an event on her blog
to help anika with her second hurdle. finances.
now, having just helped with sergey and vanya,
we are all kinds of excited about helping those ready to adopt get 'er done!!
tangent: we are all to be caring for orphans. if you are not called to adopt, which aren't we all(that's a whole 'nother tangent), you can go and help them or give to help them. amen.
the deal is, we hold a "party" and collect monies to donate to anika's adoption fund!
everyone at the party chips in $20.
you can easily come up with (at least) that much money.
this may look like:
missing a night at the movies.
sticking to home brew and skipping starbucks.
forgoing that new spring top.
having friends over to your house rather than dining out.
instead of getting your mom a mother's day gift,
give to anika in your mama's honor.
instead of receiving a mother's day gift, do the same!
you get the idea.
we all have things we could pass on
that add up to at least this small amount.
for anika.
to have a mama, papa and family.

we are hosting
a game night
at 7pm on may 13.
usually i serve an assortment of appetizers and treats with fun drinks and things to enjoy while we play. this night though, i will be keeping it simple. no fancy party stuff. only what i have on hand. the money i save will be at least $20. bam. as our guest, your admission to the (extremely competitive) gamenight will be $20. this means, set it aside now. take your lunch to work, no starbucks etc. bring your $20 for ankia. we will play, pray and give. for anika. i'm super excited! please come by!
if you don't live near us to join us live;) you can still give!
two options:
donate directly to anika's fund
or (best idea)
host your own get together.

let's get this party started!
{i'm linking up here with moments with love.
the same spot you can link up when you host your party!}

Each one should use whatever gift
he has received to serve others,
faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-1

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Psalm 84:11-12


  1. What a great idea! Can't wait to read your adoption story!xo

  2. So awesome! I am REALLY excited to read all about Elijah Grey and your adoption story! (Seriously, can't wait). Thanks for linking to the bits you have out there. My heart breaks for your hurt, but rejoices for the joy the Lord has given you in him! :)

    Excited to see what he does for Anika as well!!

  3. this is beautiful! whose adopting anika? are you? i can't quite tell.

  4. kyrie-at this point, we are not:) we are however wishing to help whichever family god leads her way to have most expenses paid. check out love's blog for the scoop!

  5. Great post Hannah! Way to go!
    Thanks for linking some of your family history here. Being a newbie here, I didn't know any of this story. I am so sorry about your baby losses. :(
    Praise God for Elijah! I look forward to hearing more of his + your story.

  6. I love love love this idea.
    There is just so much good floating
    around the blogland, I can't stand it.
    I look forward to reading your
    story, too!


  7. Hannah! You're a peach & I'm so grateful for you! Thank you for everything you're doing. So glad you've apparently clung to God in such great pain and used it for His glory! Cannot wait until anika's parents find her and see how people came together for her!!

  8. Makes my heart happy. Btw. Uganda in September AAAAAAAND we've started our home study. :)Love you!

  9. christy!!! way to GO! i'll keep praying-homestudies can be tedious, but you are a champ, so no worries:)
    LOVE YOU!!

  10. I just found your blog, and I had to stop and comment how much I love what everyone is doing for Anika!! I am brainstorming about what I can do!!

  11. This is a great idea, my friend. By the way, another GREAT site for learning about HIV+ adoption is: fromhivtohome[dot]org