Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yes, it's True

I am still waiting to hear about our adoption decree being completed and picked up. I have more than enough to do to keep me busy, but it's the times when I am settled down that I really miss the girls. I think about what am I going to say to them the first time I am face to face. I am trying to be prepared, but really how do you prepare yourself for this amazing moment in your life? Do I really need to say anything to them? Maybe crying, hugging, and kissing them is all that needs to happen in "that" moment. I wonder what they will say to me in "their" moment.

Adoption is very much like giving birth. You have to wait, wait, wait, and wait some more. You do get to eat anything you would like. LOL You have to prepare a room, get supplies, and prepare your family for the new edition(s). You still go through "nesting". Boy, I have been at this stage for about 3 months! :0) The best part that is like giving birth's a Blessing from God. He is trusting us to love and care for His children. Sometimes it can be scary, because why us? But then I think . . . . why not us? We have the dedication, love, and support to give any child the opportunity to grow up and be successful in his/her life. So, then I change my "why us" to "Thank you for letting it be us".

Adoption is truely an amazing life long journey! I am glad to be apart of it! :0)


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Can you help?

There is an orphanage in Ghana called the Kasoa Orphanage. Some of the children that are in the Eban Home now came from this orphanage. An email was sent and it said:

"THE CONDITION AT KASOA IS PATHETIC , THEY DON'T HAVE FOOD THERE AND THEY AREFORCED TO PREPARED BANKU AND THEY STARTED RUNNING TILL TODAY. ["running"is diarrhea, banku is a corn porridge mixed with cassava, is very cheap buthas almost no nutritional value) The children that this orphanage has sent to us have had terrible parasites due to the contaminated water supply.

If you have a passion for helping others in need, here is what you can do:

  1. Donate a large or small amount of money to (AAI = Adoption Advocates International) Click on donation
  2. Designate it to the "Kasoa Orphanage - borehole project"
  3. Pray asking the Lord to help fund this project so the borehole could be dug and the children will have cleaner water to drink.

If you would like to personally give me your money, I would be happy to take it with me to buy some groceries for them. This is a chance to not let life happenings skip over this opportunity. JUST DO IT! :)

Monday, April 21, 2008

One of my Passions

Here they are: Rita and Richeal Baxter. As of Thursday, April 17, 2008, they are officially and legally ours. This picture is a picture that was taken of them the first day they arrived at the Eban Home. I will get more current pictures in a day or two. I am still figuring out this blog stuff. :0)

One of my passions is to make sure to love everyone. I really didn't understand the feeling of loving someone that wasn't born from me. That sounds really weird, but the day that we excepted them as our referral, was the day I loved them with all my heart. I have only met them through a web cam experience, but it was just like if they were in our living room. I love these two beautiful and precious girls just as if they were my biological children.

What's next for our journey?

Well, we are waiting for our adoption decree and the phone call that will come with it. This phone call will be the green light to schedule our flight over to Ghana. I am so excited that it's so hard to wait. I do still have a lot to do, so time will fly by pretty fast.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

My Passion to "Just Do It"

I believe to make a passion come alive you must act first, think later. I truely believe that if you stop to think things through, then you can actually let life happenings skip over your passions. This happened to me about 5-6 years ago. I had a church friend of mine, write out emails to everyone she knew asking for them to see if they would get tested to be a match for a bone marrow transplant that she needed. I thought about it for a while. I got the information and life happenings just happened. I spent too much time, thinking "I'll do it tomorrow". Well, three weeks later, she passed away. She left 2 children and her husband behind. My passion for helping someone got skipped over because I allowed my life happenings come first before helping her. This is something that has laid on my heart for a long time.
As my relationship gets stronger and closer to God, I realize that He never would "think" first to help someone out. He just did it! I try every day to be more and more like Him. Now, I don't think about helping someone out, I just do it! I have asked God for opportunities to show my passion of helping like He would and did. He has given me those opportunities and I am so thankful He has. I possiblity have the opportunity to help someone out with being a donor and I am not thinking this time, I am doing it! This is what Jesus would do, so I will do it too! This one is for your Lord! :0)