Thursday, January 12, 2012

Love is...

Bigger than us.

What you are looking at is a collage of photos. Photos of my adoption journal, and a quilt my mother made. I haven't talked much on this blog about adoption. My husband and I keep a personal blog for that- which you are welcomed to read, if you wish.

Last week we came to a point that was a bit of a breakthrough. We've been praying for over a year now about using adoption as a way to expand our little family. We actually have always had adoption on the table in our relationship. When Sam and I were courting I already had reproductive issues, and I wanted him to know that I might not be able to have children, and even if it was casual discussion, we did both feel adoption was something we would be interested in. We prayed and prayed last year, but all we heard was "Wait." Even though it might not be the answer we wanted, we obeyed.

Then this year- actually about a little over a week ago, Samuel opened his heart to mine, and we realized that we had figured some things out. (Even though we were waiting, we spent quite a bit of time on adoption research!) We've decided we feel led to pursue an infant adoption, and we feel that we are to spend this year saving and preparing for it. Adoption is not cheap. There are certainly reasons for that (including the vast amount of paperwork involved, and the legalities that must be explained and followed.). We feel that even though we are far from wealthy, if God wants us to find a baby, He will help us find solutions to all problems, including the ones involving money. The average adoption can cost up to $25,000- so even a wealthy person might have a hard time scraping together funds for one!

Anyway, I just wanted to put this out there, because I know many of you didn't know about our personal blog, and well, I'm excited about it!

If you want to help- here are several ways you can:

1. Pray for us! Sounds simple, and while it is, we could really use prayers! We still have many questions that need answered!

2. Watch for our fundraisers (and participate in them!) We're working on setting up a savings account for adoption expenses (our initial application fee alone will be around $1500!), through which we will accept donations. We also are hoping to set up some local fundraisers, such as mini-sessions for photography. Stay tuned!

3. Recommend us to your friends! Also a fairly easy one. Much of our business has been through word-of-mouth and WE REALLY APPRECIATE the support!! It is our hope to eventually have me (Naomi) as a stay-at-home Mom, and we'd really like to see our business grow this year to help accommodate that.

I just want to say that we have been so blessed these past few years- to see our business grow, our friends grow, and we really hope to be able to have our family grow too! ~Naomi

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