Sunday, June 6, 2010

Saying Yes Is Hard

Sometimes I know what God wants me to do but I am not ready to do it. Like when he wanted me to get baptized and I pretended not to listen for about a year and a half.

It has been a while now that I have known that it grieves God’s heart to see the fatherless left to suffer and die. No doubt I first heard about that in Sunday school many years ago, and certainly there have been refreshers along the way.

Then Kimani was born and a new world opened up to me, a world where children like my little beauty are left in orphanages, without necessary medical care and therapy, without affection and comfort. A world where four year olds are shipped off to mental institutions where the lifespan inside those walls is less than two years.

I don’t exactly remember how I found Reece’s Rainbow but I do remember how I felt when I looked at those little faces, those eyes, eyes like Kimani’s, eyes asking to be saved. I felt the squeeze in my heart. I knew the day would come that I would travel halfway across the world to take one of those babies home to safety.

We were not in a position to adopt a child. Our house is full. We do not have an extra 30 thousand dollars sitting around. I already cook a lot and do a ton of laundry and change many beds. As parents we are already stretched. But one day in February as I was perusing Reece’s Rainbow, God whispered in my ear, “It’s time.”

And though saying yes to adopting was a hard thing for us to do right now, we did not bother to waste time protesting. With that said, let me introduce our daughters-in-waiting...

Mallory is three years old and currently living in an orphanage in Eastern Europe.

Peach is seven months old and lives in the same orphanage as Mallory though it is likely they have never met. Peach has a very serious heart defect and needs to get home soon so that she can have life-saving surgery.

There is a lot of story between February and now, and I will share it when I get a chance on our adoption blog. There you can read more about our girls, and our adoption adventures.


G-Zell said...

Oh my goodness congrats. They are just gorgeous! :)

S said...

Good Bless!!! Glad you are listening! They are beautiful and gonna be so blessed! Whats one or two more loads of laundry!

Tara said...

Made me cry. I am so blessed that you not only heard the voice of God, but that you OBEYED! Thank you for rescuing these precious girls!

Sasha said...

Wow that is so amazing. to hear. What a beauty she is.

RissaRoo said...

Oh, praise God! I actually saw your adoption blog the other day without knowing it was you...what a blessing to connect the dots and find your sweet family. Wow. God is doing something mighty here, I am so happy to know these two precious children will have a home with you! Congratulations!

The Hapa Girl said...

You are amazing! You're right, saying yes is very hard, I'm waiting for him to whisper to my husband to let him know when it's time! What inspiration!

DownTownDan said...


The Sanchez Family said...

I'm connecting dots too and again am so thrilled for you and especially for all your girls :)! What a trio they will be!

Melissa M said...

Everytime I look at RR my heart squeezes too. I don't know what I'm meant to do, but I know I have to do something.

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