Monthly Archives: November 2008

The Gospel in Action

What motivates you?  What stirs you up on the inside?  What makes you passionate and desirous to do good?  Surely its not our own good will!  For far to often I’m tempted towards self-preservation and thinking of only what is good for myself.  How to obtain what I need, what I want, what I think will bring security.  Building up a mini-kingdom to protect myself and bring me satisfaction.  I’m shamefully far to often thinking only about if my current actions will benefit me in some way other then the potential of fully and whole-heartedly blessing others. 

Throughout this adoption I have seen an out-pouring of generosity like none I’ve ever seen before.  Family have rallied around us to generously and sacrificially give so that we might bring two children into our family.  They have prayed many times for us and for our children’s well being.  My father and mother are spending their own money to travel with us and my dad is closing his orthodontic practice so that he can come to welcome these children into our family, and care for the orphans in Ethiopia.  We have had extended family give and life-long friends contribute.  We’ve also had our church family whom we’ve been with for just 2 years come alongside us and give of their resources and time to bless us in unimaginable ways.  They’ve organized fundraisers, and yard sales, and now a shower to bless our children!!!  Just last night our friends gave us a mattress for our daughter’s bed.  They easily could have thought, well we’ll need this in another year or two for our child so we can’t give this away.  But no, they freely and joyfully gave to meet our need!  How overwhelmingly humbling!

When I sit and watch the recent video that came of our children and look around at their home where they are living with 40 other children it was wonderful to see their joy at receiving the care packages we recently sent, but heart-breaking to watch all the other children rush in for a toy as well.  A simple My little Pony and Hot wheels motorcycle which easily could be thrown aside by a child here was a coveted and cherished item from a mommy and daddy they have yet to meet.  And then the video showed another orphanage where many older children live who do NOT have families waiting for them.  These children were so eager and excited to receive a granola bar and homemade doll from traveling families!  These are children who do not have a mommy and daddy to tuck them in at night, no one to say I love you and will always be here.  This is what wrecks my heart and brings streams of tears to my eyes. 

So today I want to say, “THANK YOU” to everyone who has contributed to our adoption.  It jolts me from my self-centered world and tangibly reminds me of how Christ gave his life and all so that I could become part of God’s family!  When people give it reminds me that I don’t have to store up treasure for myself, because God is ultimately the supplier of all our needs!  In my tendency to doubt I shamefully questioned how in the world we were going to come up with the remaining $8,000 we still need.  Joshua almost laughed at my unbelief and said, “Bethany!  Have we not trusted God for the first $23,000 dollars?!?!?  How easily He can provide for the remaining $8,000.”  Oh Lord, Help my unbelief!  May I always place my trust in my Heavenly Father who knows all of our needs, and so graciously has already provided for my greatest need in the death of His son Jesus Christ!  I’m off to make the Kingdom of God my primary concern today! =)

Luke 12:28-32 NLT

And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! And don’t worry about food–what to eat and drink. Don’t worry whether God will provide it for you. These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs. He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

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A story to make you cry!

We are eagerly counting down the days until we can travel to Ethiopia to pick up our two beautiful kiddos!  Hopefully very soon!  In the meantime you should head over to the VanWetten Family blog at www.yellowblackandwhite.blogspot.com and read the post titled “To The Rescue”  A beautiful true-life fairy tale.  You can read the past few weeks posts to get the whole story.  But “To The Rescue” is enough to make anyone cry!

I love how they end the post, “The only cure for the plight of the orphan, is to give them a home.  And now, there is one less orphan!” 

Soon, Joshua and I will be able to give our two precious children a forever home.  What a glorious display of God’s kindness!  Truly He sets the lonely in FAMILIES!!!

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Traveling Families

Here’s the websites of the families heading to Ethiopia this next week.  I’m sure they’d love your prayers and comments of encouragement as they travel to meet their kiddos for the first time!
Juvinall Family – http://talk.bearla.com/
Armstrong Family – http://armstrongs2ethiopia.blogspot.com/
Gamble Family – http://bjgamble.blogspot.com/
Pridemore Family – http://www.pridemore5.blogspot.com/
VanWetten Family – http://yellowblackandwhite.blogspot.com/

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Funding Our Adoption Update

We are so close!!!!  I just updated our funding page and as you can see we are close to having everything paid for!  We will need to purchase our plane tickets and pay our travel fees around the middle of December.  So we have about 5-6 weeks to raise the remaining $8000.00.  We are willing to do baby-sitting or yard work for families close by.  And if you’re just to busy to do all that holiday baking, I’d be more then willing to bake, rolls, bread, pies, make side items.  Please just let us know.  Also if you have any other fund-raising ideas please pass them along. 

We also have a fund that was set up for us by Lifesong for Orphans.  If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution please leave a comment and I will forward you the information. 

Thank you to everyone who has given so far!  We are very excited to soon be able to post pictures and video of our kiddos for everyone to see.  We hopefully will pass court mid-December and then we’ll be able to share with the world our kiddos beautiful smiles!  It’s looking now like we will travel in January, so please keep us in your prayers as our paperwork is going through translation and court in Ethiopia.

Thanks and God Bless!

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Together for adoption

Joshua and I had the incredible priveledge to travel to South Carolina and attend the first ever Together for Adoption Conference.  It was a great weekend to enjoy some excellent teaching about our vertical adoption by our heavnely Father, and the biblical call for horizontal adoption of children.  Shortly all the messages from the conference will be uploaded to the following link.  http://www.togetherforadoption.org/ 

Also if anyone is looking to explore adoption this link is a great place to begin.

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Valuable Toys, Books, and Games

Okay, please send all your readers this way.  And please if you ever read this blog leave a comment.  In the next two months before our kiddos arrive we are trying to come up with some great children’s toys, books, and games.  So what sticks out in your minds as great items to have around the house for a 6 year old boy and a 5 year old girl in the following categories:

Toys-What did you most play with at these ages, or what do your children most play with at these ages?

Games-What games should every parent have in their game cupboard for 5-6 year old kiddos?

Books-What are the must haves?  We’ll be frequenting the library quite often but which ones should we actually own?

Educational-Help please!  I am planning on home schooling the kids and I would love ideas on creative educational tools.  *No curriculum suggestions please, we’re not buying any program for kindergarden.*  Just looking for the things every home school family should have on hand. 

Thanks!

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Blogs to Watch this week

There is a new group of families traveling to Ethiopia this week to pick up their kiddos.  If you’re interested you can follow their journeys at the following Links.

http://brittonadoptionjourney.blogspot.com/

http://thewait4you.blogspot.com/

http://laughners.blogspot.com/

http://www.nunezstory.blogspot.com/

http://isaacandkathee.blogspot.com/

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