Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
In April, we
served the Jameo family in Uganda as a form of "orphan prevention."
Their father passed away, and their widowed mother struggles with
providing for the children. The daughter, Bashira, who was under medical
care for hydrocephalus at the CURE Hospital in Uganda, unexpectedly
passed away last month. She was nine years old. We covered the hospital
bill that her mom was unable to pay, along with the funeral expenses for
Bashira. We pray that lifting those financial burdens will help
Bashira's loving mama, and her siblings, as they mourn the tremendous
loss in their lives. We are still working on plans to serve them going
forward with education and more permanent housing. We will keep you posted and please pray for this family.
Friday, April 2, 2021
Meet our "Say Yes" grant family #8 of 2021 - the Ott family!
Julie informed Matt on their first date that she would love to have adoption as part of how a future family was grown. Matt had agreed that he had a heart to adopt as well. After marriage, they were blessed with three biological children - Amelia, Eliza, and John. They say, “Though we both knew we wanted to adopt, we didn’t expect the excitement or peace we would have about the process of growing our family through the adoption of a child with special needs until Down Syndrome came into our hearts.” Both Julie and Matt had been touched by children with special needs throughout their lives and this need felt like such a natural fit for their family. The Otts spent time reading books to their children about Down syndrome to prepare them for their new brother, and it's clear - from this photo - that their mission was accomplished! Little Timothy James was born five weeks early, on February 27th, and after two weeks in the hospital, he is now home with his forever family!
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Two months have passed since we landed back home in North Carolina, and every day her little smile melts my heart with so much joy. Every day I look at her and I see nothing but God's love for us. This little sweetness is such a breath of fresh air. Just take a moment to look into those eyes...
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
“Why would you want to do that?”
“Can you not have your own kids?”
“You think you can handle a kid with special needs?”
Anyone who has adopted knows what I’m talking about. These responses seem to be very common. With every similar comment, I felt I was hearing a child - my child - wasn’t worthy. When you say “YES” to having a child, you open the floodgate to an endless amount of worry and outcomes, whether you are adopting or having biological children. We wanted to have a child and a child needed a family, it seemed simple to us. We had love and a home to give, so we did just that. We, in no way, felt attached to the idea of having biological kids, so why would we try? There should be no shame in that.
As far as having a child with special needs, we felt that it would just be a different path in parenting - one we felt we needed to take. There seems to be these stigmas attached to adoption that I wish we could squash. In adoption - and in life - I feel it’s only necessary to listen to your heart and your partner. Those are the only true things that matter. There is no wrong path in choosing to adopt - every child deserves a family.
I guess I’m hopeful that by being so open and honest, someone may read this and know that adoption doesn’t need to be their "Plan B". And others may be more aware of their own reaction when hearing the news of a friend that is pursuing adoption. It’s a decision that no one takes lightly. The adoption process involves much soul searching, discussion, and a tremendous effort goes into this journey. Only encouraging things should be said about that.