Tomorrow is a big day. People to see. Places to go. Yummy things to eat. A time for family, friends, food, football and fun. I should be cooking. Or cleaning. Or packing our car. But I can't. I have a million other things to do and waning time left in which to accomplish it all. And yet, I cannot move. I am paralyzed knowing that across my city, only a few miles from my house, sits a mother whose heart is breaking.
You see, my friend Alecia leaves in 12 days for Russia. She is taking her husband and three small children and getting on a plane to bring home two angels, a 13 year old boy and a 6-8 year old girl.
But my friend Alecia may not be able to get on that plane. And only one thing is stopping her. Money. They have 12 days to raise $19,000. In order to save on costs, they went through a facilitator instead of an agency, which saved them a ton of money. But with fees, tickets, travel costs and immigration paperwork, it still adds up. This amazing family has applied for grants and loans, only to be denied because they didn't go through an agency. Does that infuriate you? It does me. And it should you.
Now, adoption is tricky and hard and a complete miracle of redemption. But it is also expensive. Emotionally, physically, and financially draining. Raising a teenager is no easy business, but signing up for a teenager, well, that's just God at work. I don't think I'm that brave. And I can't imagine sitting across town wondering about my two children across the world and wondering how tomorrow I'm going to be thankful. I know I'm not that brave. Our God is the God of miracles and tonight, while I know we all have a million things to do, re-printing this post, donating some $, getting on our knees and begging the God of heaven to come down and provide for what He favors and shouting that this Thanksgiving, we're going to be thankful that two more children have found their forever home! I AM that brave!
You can go here and read the Horner's story. You can go here to shop my Etsy store and 1/2 the proceeds will go to their adoption.