Sunday, April 18, 2010

My Tender Hearted Boy......

This past week I had the opportunity to speak to our local MOPS group about my adoption experience- as an adopted child, an adoptive parent, and a child adopted into the Kingdom of God. It was such a great opportunity and I was so thankful for the experience. I pray God used something I said to speak to the wonderful ladies.

At the end of my presentation, I played the Chapman (Steven Curtis and Mary Beth) family's adoption story. If you have ever seen this video, you know at the end it includes SCC singing "When Love Takes You In" and it also includes the music video for this song. We noticed Caleb really watching the video, and at one time, his back was to us as he was completely engrossed in the song and video. When he turned around, he had tears rolling down his cheeks. I immediately asked him what was wrong, and he replied, "Sad." I asked him why he was sad, and he said, "Movie sad". We were in awe and I almost started crying myself! He was so touched by the video! I have been praying that God would give Caleb a compassionate heart and that he would love others the way God loves. Thank you Lord!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter....& An Open Door?

We had a great couple of days we have had! Papaw and Nana (Zack's parents) and Micah and Erin (Zack's sisters) came to visit the weekend and we all had such a great time! The weather was beautiful and we had lots of fun playing outside. And what a beautiful Easter day it was! God really blessed us with gorgeous weather to celebrate the Risen Christ. Caleb also received a nice surprise from the Easter bunny- he was pretty excited about that :)

In adoption news, it appears that God has opened a door to us that we thought had been closed (this was one of the situations we were playing through). To make a long story short, a very reputable Christian agency is offering an amazing opportunity! They have recently began a orphanage ministry in the African country of Uganda, and are seeking 10 families to begin the program. The amazing part- the families selected to be a part of the pilot program in Uganda will only be responsible for their travel and immigration costs- the agency is not charging any fees! This is absolutely an amazing thing! There is an application process to be accepted into the program, and then the ten families are chosen by the agency's board of directors. The applications are due in a couple weeks, and then the board will meet. We are not quite sure when we will know something for sure, but we feel like it will be sometime in May. Needless to say, this would be a true blessing to our family financially, and to be involved in the ministry this agency is establishing in Uganda would be even more awesome! There are around 2.5 million orphans in Uganda, and HIV is a huge issue. Uganda is also a smaller adoption program and not as well known as Ethiopia, so we feel this would be a great opportunity to spread the word about adoption from Uganda. Just keep us in your prayers.....we will keep you updated! Either way, we will be going to Africa to bring home our second child. Awesome!