Friday, November 18, 2011

national adoption day

november is adoption awareness month,
tomorrow is national adoption day!

has it really been almost three years since he was that shrimpy little two day old babe?

elijah doesn't wear onesies anymore.
those cute little camo velcro shoes, they're packed away.
i love those little reminders of the wee baby days.

reel after reel of memories play in my mind.
memories i dreamed of having, now belong to me.

i will sing to the lord,
because he has dealt
bountifully with me.
psalm 13:6
 
elijah did not grow in my womb.
because of that, a tiny part of me wondered if i'd ever 'feel' like his mama.
the lord grew my love bigger than huge.
he has knit my heart to elijah's heart.
i am grateful. my heart is full.
i became a mother.
my darling husband became a father.
through adoption.


in september, i shared a post on danielle's blog.
for today, i thought i'd share a portion of it here:

adoption is a a big deal to god. he is the father to the fatherless(psalm 68:5).
really, the center of the gospel is not only god’s redemption of us as sinners,
but his adopting us into his kingdom.
making us daughters and sons, his children.

ephesians 1:3-6 says,
"blessed be the god and father of our lord jesus christ,
who has blessed us in christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and blameless before him.
in love he predestined us for adoption as sons through jesus christ,
according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace,
with which he has blessed us in the beloved."

so, why wouldn’t we want to adopt? this is huge.

adoption is a special, beautiful way that god puts his grace on display!
taking children, without moms and dads, and joining them to our family.
just as christ has joined us into his family.

the adoption journey has many ups and downs.
families who are going through this beautiful,
emotional process need lots of encouragement and prayer.
they’ll need you to cry with them over the frustrations,
disappointments or even failed placements.
they also need you to celebrate the with them the amazing joy
of being matched with a child and bringing that child home!

we don't know what our future holds.
our desire is to bring more sweet children into our family through adoption.
in the meantime, we are thrilled to come alongside other adoptive families
and support in any and every way we can.
isn't it beautiful, that everyone can have a part in changing the life of a child?

there are well over 120 thousand orphans in the united states.
over 140 million worldwide.
these numbers alone should be kindling a desire to help the fatherless.

are you being called to adopt?
are you able to contribute finances to help families who are called?
have you been praying for orphans?
praying for other adoptive families?
i challenge you today, dear ones.
open your heart and mind, seek jesus
about your position in this crisis of fatherless little ones.
ask god for a heart for orphans.


if you haven't yet read elijah's story, check it out! to god be the glory!

13 comments:

  1. I did not know this! You and your husband are an amazing couple and you have changed the life of your son forever!! :)

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  2. Reading Kisses from Katie has opened my eyes to the orphans of the world and will always serve as a reminder of how I can contribute to help give more children homes.

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  3. Hannah! I have never heard Elijah's story~ so sweet!! What an amazing thing to be able to give a child a home :)

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  4. This is such a beautiful story! I feel a passion for adoption and I've seen so many foster families/adoptive parents share Christ's love and absolutely transform lives this way!

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  5. Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. To God be the Glory indeed! I am so touched by this post and by your story! I have the honor of supporting several friends as they have began their journey to adopt and I am just in awe of the love and hope that God has placed in their hearts for their future children. Passing along this wonderful post to them for encouragement!!

    :)

    Bri

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  7. first, i miss you.
    i wanted you to know.

    i have adopted nephews. they are darling. my heart is open for God's will in our lives to adopt or not, to support others who do.

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  8. AMAZING! May you guys be continually blessed by your beautiful boy!

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  9. What a beautiful story Hannah! Thanks so much for sharing.
    And thanks for stopping by my blog! It's great to virtually "meet" you. xo

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  10. You got me all teary talking about how Elijah isn't wearing onesies or the little velcro shoes. That makes my heart hurt in a way. I think because Charlotte is getting there and I know that's it for me. Ok, that sounded depressing! lol
    Beautiful post friend!

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  11. hey mama, you have been busy over here. new button. new header.

    super duper cute. keeping things spicy on happy days.

    happy adoption day.
    i seriously have so much joy reading and seeing how God reveals his story of adoption through you and patrick's experience. along with other adoptive mamas.

    love how you clearly remind us of the picture story of God's adoption through yours.

    keep reminding.

    i would love one day if God might write that as part of my picture story too. but so glad to be a part of HIS picture story of adoption either way :)

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  12. I feel the pull to adopt or be a foster parent. It's definitely on my heart... I think God has put it there. :0)

    Adoption is life changing!

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  13. adoption is life changing and beautiful.

    thank you for your willingness to share elijah's beautiful story.

    i have a niece and nephew who are adopted. its been amazing to journey with their parents.

    love you friend!

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