Thursday, January 29, 2009
Names of our children are withheld for privacy reasons. For our friends and family that may comment please don’t mention their names in the comment. Thanks
I know a few are wondering how the whole process of adopting twins came about for us. First of all we realize that God’s plan for us to have a family is through the miracle of adoption, this is how our family is growing. Second we realized that our desire to parent was more important than the desire to achieve pregnancy or give birth. We also know that there are children who need a family and we are a family who desires children, a perfect match. We are amazed by a birth mom’s love for her child, to give her child the best life she possibly can.
Last summer we began the adoption process by completing a pre-application. That was about the extent of our effort. We were looking at the economy and thought there was no way financially we could adopt, as a result our adoption plans were put on hold. Our prayer was that if God wanted us to adopt, He would need to drop a baby on our laps and provide financially for the adoption.
Fast forward to December 31. I received a call from our friend at Christian Adoption Service. She asked me if we would be interested in adopting twins. I then called Misha and we both agreed we were up to the task, after all we weren’t pursuing adoption aggressively and God dropped a baby(ies) on our laps. I let CAS know that the only barrier for us adopting right now is the financing. Plainly and simply adoption is expensive and we don’t have that kind of money. Long story short the adoption agency is working with us and with some organizations to help us raise the funds. To finance the adoption will basically be a fundraising effort on our part and another miracle. Because we had put adoption on hold we had no plan for financing this adoption.
We set up a meeting with the agency for January 7. Part of this meeting would include meeting with the birth mom (people always want details but we are holding those back until the twins are old enough and interested). While at the agency they asked us if we were ready to parent twins? I said, “We will roll with the punches.” Then they threw the punch, “Your babies were born this morning!”
Life comes at you fast, in a week we went from the parents of 1 to 3. Thinking we had about 6 weeks to prepare. Our twins arrived premature. Both were healthy and doing well. We were able to go to the NICU and hold and feed them. It was incredible!
The babies were so small, I was a bit nervous about picking them up. They were hooked to monitors and there were alarms and noises going off but that didn’t bother us because of our experience in NICU this time last year with our great-niece. We got to hold them and feed them and they were only about 12 hours old.
When the nurse placed our babies in our arms I immediately fell in love. I can’t explain how that happens but it does. We weren’t sure we could adopt again, I never thought I would have a baby girl, but God had his plans.
Our prayer request now:
- The babies continue to be healthy
- For their birth mom. Her sacrificial gift of love is amazing to me and we want to continue to pray for her.
- The financing of the adoption
If you are interested in partnering with us in this adoption please drop me an e-mail me at email@example.com.
Monday, January 26, 2009
A PICTURE OF PEACE
Peace with God
. . . by him [Jesus] God reconciled everything to himself. He [God] made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20).
Peace with others
Do your part to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18).
Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you
(2 Corinthians 13:11).
Peace with self
. . . if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace (Romans 8:6).
[Jesus said] "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).
PROBLEMS WITHOUT PEACE
Enemies of Peace:
A SPIRITUAL “FIX”
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:6-9).
Filter the NOISE (verse 8)
Investigate for TRUTH (verse 9)
X-out the ENEMIES of peace (verses 6-7)
Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us (Romans 5:1).
[Jesus]"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me, and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me, and you'll learn to live freely and lightly (Matthew 11:28-30).
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
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