Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ready. Set. Aim.

"This will be one of those experiences true friends will rise and fake ones fall"

9 days from picking up our boy and THIS is the message I see in my inbox this morning from someone I thought was a friend...

"I understand that you are trying to follow God's plan for your family, but I don't feel like it is my responsibility to financially support your family's hope of adoption because you didn't have the funds. It was honestly one thing to me to be raising the hosting funds, but then the requests for gift cards for groceries and entertainment felt a bit over the line to me"

(Her response was completely out of the blue, as I had sent her a message just checking in to see how she was doing.)

Ready. Set. Aim. The enemy's darts are flying. I should have expected it. Satan is NOT happy. And is trying to bring me down fast.

And I did shed some tears. It hurt. Really hurt.

For someone to sum up this whole journey as a means to beg for money, shattered my heart into.

Maybe you have felt that way by my posts lately? If so, I am sorry. I promise you we are doing our part to get our boy home!

But I also know the beauty in the body of Christ. Because I have seen it and have been so very blessed to be apart of it.

I have used my finances and talents to help bring children HOME to their forever families and there are no words to describe how it feels to see them, hug and play with them and know that God use ME to be apart of that story. 

I have never once felt my  adoptive friends were begging for my money. But rather God was begging me not to miss the BLESSING in being apart of their story.

The reality is adoption is expensive. And we can't do it alone.- Even though I have thought of selling a kidney to pay for it ;)

But it goes so far beyond finances. We need YOU. We need your prayers, encouragement, support.

Because we want V to know that it wasn't just our family that showed up at the gates of hell 'and fought for him to have a home and a family...

It was the LOVE of an entire of body of Christ.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Smith Family- Party of SEVEN!

Most of you know we are hosting a 15 year old boy from the Ukraine  this summer. And so many of you linked arms with us to help us get him here and words can not express how truly grateful we are for you!

In just TWO weeks. I will see my precious boy face to face. I will get to hug him. Laugh with him. Teach him new things. Get to know him.

In just two weeks, my boy will travel across the world to be apart of our byfamily for the summer. Its an honor that I can't quite put into words.

Its been an amazing journey this far. And I know the best is yet to come!

The events that have taken place the last few months to get us here so that he could be apart of our family THIS summer leave me speechless. Only God could have orchestrated THAT.

We were led to V THIS summer...Only God.

We bought a house THIS summer. (After waiting for 13 years)... Only God.

We found out the day we closed on our house that V was available for adoption... Only God.)

Seriously. God is AMAZING. Trust Him friends. He is so very faithful.

When we signed up to host " V" we found out that his birthday is the end of August which means he will " age" out of the system. Which means that this summer was his LAST chance to family

And God picked us. I am still trying to figure out why. ;) I like to think it's because He knew we were crazy enough to say Yes! Its surely not because we have it all together. Not hardly.

But this precious boy needs a home. A family. A place to belong. A place to become who he was created to be.

And so we said YES not just to hosting him for the summer...

We are saying YES to our boy FOREVER!!! :-D

Yep. The water is DEEP out here y'all. But I can see Jesus and He just keeps on whispering to keep our eyes on Him and to keep on walking.  So here we go!! :-D

Now y'all know I hate asking for money. Seriously I would rather have my teeth pulled than start another fundraiser.
But because V will age out the end of August we have to start our home study NOW to put him on "hold". So time is not our friend right now : /

So we really do need the support of our family and friends right now more than ever!!

Here is the breakdown of our fees needed ASAP!

Home study: $1400
Agency Contract Fees $4950

It seems like a big HUGE mountain. And I am trying my best not to get discouraged because I know my God is FAITHFUL!

God loves V more than I ever could and wants nothing more than to place him in a forever family. Believing that today!

And we need our friends and family to PLEASE  share our journey, support us pray for us and link arms with us in this time more than ever!!

Yep. Welcome....Smith Family- Party of 7 :-D

Sure am glad I bought that picnic table #seats8 Hmm ;)

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