Monday, March 5, 2012

Overwhelmed....

in more ways than one...

Maybe some of you have noticed that our little thermometer to the right is gaining more and more green on it! We have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our loved ones. Friends and family members have stepped out and donated to us in ways that aren't just generous, but that are overwhelmingly generous, and all we can do is sit here amazed at the goodness of God and at the body of Christ.

Just to break it down for you a bit, we raised a little over $1,600.00 with fundraisers and we received a $2,500.00 grant from our church!! But the part that really knocks our socks off is that we have received over $15,400 from donations from friends and family, including one very generous gift from an Anonymous donor!

I know that there are many people out there who don't really understand why people would give to adoption. Many people ask "if you can't afford it, why do it?" Well an adoptive mom wrote a great post about that here. The easiest way for me to say it is this: Many many families can afford to have multiple children, however, I do not know many families that have an extra $30,000.00 laying around that they can pay in bulk all at once. This is not a reflection on our (our any other adoptive family's)ability to support these children when they get home or a reflection on our frugality. We also believe that every Christian has been called to take an active role in orphan care and that for some people that is adopting and for some people that is giving financially to help make adoption possible for others, amongst many other ways. I wouldn't be being honest if I failed to mention the fact that as a family we have been enormously challenged and convicted by the generosity of others towards us and our adoption and how we have lacked so much in this way in the past. God has a way of using others to show us our own shortcomings, of which there are many :)

Finally, some of you may have spoken with us or inferred from some of my facebook posts and emails that things are not going as planned in this adoption journey (I have recently decided the leisurely implication of the word "journey" very poorly depicts adoption, I'm thinking that "roller-coaster" is a better and more descriptive term.) Don't freak out on us, we are most definitely STILL adopting from Uganda, in fact, we are eyeball deep in this whole thing... International Adoption is not easy or straightforward, especially in Uganda... but good thing is, we didn't sign up for easy...

Love you all and thank you for all the support via prayer and money. We will never be able to thank you enough.

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