FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not yet seen.
Heb. 11:1

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Onward we go!

My mom's stroke has really affected me. I've had so many different thoughts cross my mind. One thought was whether or not to continue with our adoption of Faith. Being uncertain of a stroke, the prognosis, the ongoing therapy, the loss of independence (temporary or permanent), we have no idea of how much strength my mom will get back in her left side and whether or not she will be able to be independent again. In just a teeny tiny moment, her life has changed. But then I think about how in just a teen tiny moment, the life of a child can change once they are united with their family. I can't change that my mom had a stroke. Unfortunately, it happened and we just have to continue marching on and praying that she will continue working hard on her therapy with a determined spirit. The last couple of weeks my mom has improved sooo much. Please continue to pray for her. This last year I've really learned to live one day at a time. In fact my mother-in-law told me the other day that we may need to make alternate living plans with my mom. Had I thought about it? My reply was that I'm taking it one day at a time. We'll see what happens. We're seeing lots of improvement. It's all in God's hands. He knows the plan.

I know Faith is our daughter. Not a day goes by that she's not on my mind and she is definately in my heart. So onward we go!!

We are still fundraising and appreciate any donation, any amount. $5 donations add up quickly. I added the counter to my blog which helps me to know that I'm not writing to myself. I'm amazed at how many visitors we have had. Thank you so much for taking your time to read our story and learn about our journey to our daughter Faith. We are walking in faith with this adoption. I know more orphans would find their family if only the ransom wasn't so high to bring our children home.

I love this phrase from another adoptive mom. When I read it for the first time, I wrote her to ask if I could use it. I believe she wrote it concerning a special need. So many families are frightened by a childs special need whether it be cleft lip/palate, cp, heart defects, deafness, limb differences, etc (there are so, so many more). I believe this phrase sums it up perfectly.

"God does not call those already equipped, but equips those He has called."

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"
Philippians 4:4

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful phrase!

    We put our first adoption on hold once because in a four month period my father in law got cancer, my sister died of a stroke, and my sister in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It wasn't so much a reality check as a mortality check that we had to deal with, especially me. Was it right to bring a child home that we could end up leaving ten years later? You just never know. But then again, you just never know-you could live another 30 years in good health.

    Follow your heart,