This week has brought with it many new thoughts and questions. This post is going to be a rambler post.
I’ve spent over 2 hours trying to copy and paste two different links for fundraisers to our blog here with no success. I know how to copy and paste, but my blog will not receive it! UGH! I am hoping to get it figured out this weekend. Anybody have any suggestions out there?
My mil has continued to receive negative comments about our adopting a baby. She received a comment along the lines that if we have to have fundraisers to adopt a baby, then we do not need to be adopting. This so saddens us. We are joyfully going along this journey with love in our hearts and hoping to welcome another baby into our family, just as God welcomed us into His family and then we hear these comments. So, where should these babies that need homes be put? Orphanages so that the states can raise them? Or should the mothers abort them? This is such a sad state that our country is in when they feel that babies are not important enough to adopt into a family unless you have the full amount up front to pay for the lawyer fees, the agency fees, the homestudy, the consultant fees, the application fees, the medical tests and visits, etc. Never mind that your family has the money to pay for the baby’s day to day needs of food, clothing, bed, home, etc. We have never been ones to ask for help of any kind, but we’ve been advised by our consultant and other adoptive families that we should have fundraisers to try and offset the total cost of the adoption process. Even God says to ask and ye shall receive. We can’t take any of our possessions with us to Heaven, but we sure can have our children with us in Heaven someday. We’ve heard the negative comments through the years about our large family, but I guess we just weren’t expecting a whole lot of comments about loving a baby that needed a home. Aren’t we supposed to give of ourselves? Didn’t God give His only Son for us? What little can we give of ourselves? We would gladly adopt many, many children if we could, but for now this is where we are. As I said in an earlier post, we so appreciate and need your prayers as we can see this is going to be a long, tough walk. However, we are still choosing to follow the Lord’s lead in this walk. We are trusting the Lord with ALL our HEARTS. A Scripture that we like is Psalm 68:5-6 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. And another Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of ADOPTION, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
We asked at a locally owned, small store if we could leave a baby bottle on their counter for spare change yesterday. She asked where we were adopting from and then said she does not feel comfortable with the money on the counter, but we could call and ask the owner later. I left feeling frustrated. During the drive home I was having my own private talks with God- maybe we should not move forward any more with this adoption until we get the money to do so, our sales so far have brought in small amounts of money which we are ever so thankful for, but it’s not even close to what we’ve already paid out for the adoption process, maybe we aren’t supposed to be pursuing adoption right now, blah, blah, blah. When we arrived home, our son insisted I turn on the computer. I began checking our email and found an email from some dear friends of ours. They wanted to know if we would like to have their old van to sell as they had just bought a new, used car. That was so humbling. God clearly spoke to me. I was left crying and speechless. I ran to our room and dropped to my knees, crying and thanking God. My doubts were from the enemy , but my hope is in the Lord! So, we continue to walk in faith that the Lord will provide for this adoption process.
We also need to thank Joyce and her family, and Amanda and her family for donating to our yard sale last week. It was such a blessing seeing you all again and receiving your gifts! God bless you!
Next week, we have our second homestudy meeting. Prayers for it to go well would be greatly appreciated.
We are working on another couple of fundraiser ideas. One being an auction later this summer. If any of you have items that you would like to donate towards our auction, please email us and we will be happy to come and pick the item(s) up from you! Anyone know of a great auctioneer that would help us with this fundraiser? Any ideas on how to run the auction?
Our second fundraiser idea is a Harvest Dinner. We are thinking of having it early September here at our farm. We would like to do a natural/organic evening meal. Maybe our family dress in cowboy/western style and anyone else who wants to join us can. Selling tickets for a name-your-price option. Our family could serve everyone on the front lawn, overlooking our horse pasture as we watch an awesome sunset (and having faith the Lord will provide the weather for it) and dine. Here’s some of our areas of need for this to happen- farm(s) to donate natural/organic meats, veggies, fruits, etc. (this would be a great opportunity for local farms to get their name out more), stores to donate plates, cups, napkins, etc., how about a tractor and wagon for a little wagon ride after dinner? candles and holders would be nice (anyone make them and want to get their name out there?), water, tables, tablecloths, chairs, volunteers to help set up the tables and direct parking, invitations (anyone make these?), and any other ideas you all might have for us. Does this sound like a good idea for a fundraiser? Do you know anyone who might be interested in donating to this? Can you come up with a list of people for us to invite that would enjoy this? Please let us hear from you-all suggestions welcome!
We continue to be praying for the right birthmom match to come quickly after we have completed our homestudy and family profile. We are praying for our baby to come home quickly as well.
We hope you have enjoyed this rambling walk as much as we have.