Thursday, February 21, 2013

My Evolution

Confession #1: Yes, I am an adoption cheerleader.

Confession #2: We began our adoption journey in an effort to add to our family. Selfish, I now see.

Confession #3: We ended our China excursion CHANGED FOREVER. What I witnessed was a good dose of reality that God needed me to see.

Confession #4: I have really been grieved and struggling with the fact that there are approximately 147 million children going to bed each night without hugs, kisses, and stories. We have a book by Todd Parr ( I love his children's books!) about adoption and the kids ask me to read it several times a week. It simply states, "You needed love. We had love to give. You need a home. We had a home to share. You needed your boo-boos kissed. We had kisses to give."

Now here is my theory. My thoughts on adoption are evolving drastically. My friend Traci sent me a short, seven minute video (above) this week that has helped me gain a different perspective. It is phenomenal and worth the seven minutes of your life to see it. It helped me see that maybe I shouldn't solely focus on the orphan crisis in the world. I mean, our world is messed up and we all know that. Sadly, there are many unwanted, unloved children. Maybe my focus should shift from "What's wrong with this world" to "How can I pray for the hearts of Christians?"   These babies need love, and we have love to give...they need homes, and we have homes to share....they need boo-boos kissed, and we have kisses to give...

I am reminded of the beauty of adopting an orphan every day, many times, by looking at this sweet little face. 

Blessings, Stacy


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It's Our Six Month Anniversary!

We have been a family of five for six months today!  Airlie is just blossoming.  She is learning to count, extremely interested in letter identification, seeing herself as a reader, and LOVING everyone she meets.  She is full of life and embraces all opportunities with zest!  She's just precious!

Last week, there was a group of state folks performing a yearly routine evaluation of the kids's school.  When the state visitors were in Airlie's class on the first day of their visit, Ms. Shelia said that Airlie clung to her all day.  I know this cling.  Airlie does it to me when I am preparing dinner at night.  It's a desperate cling that's hard to describe.  It seems to be her silent way of pleading for a meal or for security.  After the school clinging incident, I talked to Airlie that night.  After several minutes she looked at me and asked, "They take Airlie?"  I assured her that she was ours and that no one would ever take her away from us.  I cried because it was so incredibly pitiful.  However, I rejoice in knowing that she is finally getting enough words to let me know her fears.  The next day at school, Ms. Shelia said that Airlie was a different child and even made friends with the state folks. 

I often wonder how she is feeling and what she is thinking, hoping that she is secure with her place in our family, at school, and even within our community.  I am certain issues like this will reappear many times in the future, but I pray they eventually fade.  It must be so difficult to have loved so many people in her life, only to have them ALL taken away in an instant.  The plight of the orphan is so devastating and so difficult for me to wrap my head around...yet so REAL to so many of God's precious children.  Thank God, she was only an orphan for 1,139 days.  Thank God she now BELONGS to a family, and has for 184 days!  And will belong to OUR family for the rest of her days...

I am so proud we have our sweet Airlie and that one less child in the world is an orphan.  But what about the other 143,000,000 to 210,000,000 (estimates vary)?

  • EVERY DAY, 5,760 more children in the world become orphans.
  • EVERY 2.2 SECONDS another orphan ages out of the system, with no family and no home.  Can you imagine walking out the door of your orphanage into the world with NOTHING?!?  What would happen to you?
  • Older orphans are incredibly vulnerable . . . to abuse, suicide, prostitution, slavery, and to becoming child soldiers.
With the orphan crisis on my heart today and my special Airlie in my heart, my closing thought is this.  Demonstrating the power of God in your life is being powerful enough to lay aside yourself and your selfish desires and to look to Him, His kingdom and how He is calling YOU to humbly serve for the glory of HIM. 

Love, Stacy

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Celebrating Little Kian!

Little Kian has many names around our house, depending on the situation that he has gotten himself into.  Other names that he responds to 100% of the time are LITTLE, CRASH, THE LITTLE HOT CAYENNE PEPPER, BUGGY WUGGY, and LITTLE BUG.  (Insert drum roll here....) Kian/Little/Crash/The Little Hot Cayenne Pepper/Buggy Wuggy/Little Bug is turning two today!!!    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is my favorite picture of Little from the hospital!  It makes me laugh every time I look at it!

Little's 1st birthday!

This is what 2 looks like!

Little Kian is an absolute JOY!  I love his sweet, mischievous little self so much!  I love how he cuddles with me, and I even love it when he twirls my hair.  He is a precious baby, and I am so honored that God chose him for us. 

Just yesterday, I was trying to decide who got into things the most, Kian or Airlie?  As I was thinking about it and had almost chosen Airlie, I heard the toilet flush.  I found Little unrolling toilet paper and stuffing it in the toilet.  He, of course, flushed when it got full!  KIAN WINS! 

He brings joy to my days, and he keeps me hopping!  Little Kian can dance like none other, hide like none other, and cuddle like none other.  He can also get his face dirtier quicker than none other!  I just love, love, LOVE him!  Happy birthday to my Buggy Wuggy!

Praying for a world changer...

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."