Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Faith - Part 2

...Continued from Part 1 yesterday (CLICK HERE for that)

I'm a stay at home mom. It's a privilege I don't take lightly. I know we are all led to different paths. A parent who chooses to stay at home is no better then a working parent, and the other way around. :)

But being home, and homeschooling, has afforded us to do what we do for our current brood. Our schedule is flexible, that is how we like it! Medical appointments and home-school trips fill most of our calender. It's those spontaneous field trips we love the most, life is too short to do math on a sunny spring day! (don't worry, we get the math done!)

All of our adopted kids had/have some form of medical special need. So life can be a bit chaotic at times. It was our experience with our son Asher that brought us to the path we are now on with our current adoption. 
My son Asher has sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder. One complication of SC is a condition called acute chest syndrome. It's an extremely painful and serious complication and can lead to death. Asher's body is prone to this when he gets sick. 

He was born in Haiti and not diagnosed for almost three years, until he came home. There where many moments we had stormed the throne of God with petitions to heal infection and unknown sickness in his body-we were so far away from Haiti, how else could we help?!  But he survived, miraculously.
2 1/2 years were spent on my knees, pleading the healing blood of Jesus to wash over him and take the sickness away. Praying that God would get him out of Haiti to a place where help is plentiful. My eyes were opened to spiritual warfare and mountain moving prayer...

He was finally granted permission to come home by "the powers that be" in Haiti, and went from the plane to the hospital. He was full of infection and pain. Our suspisions were confirmed... Sickle Cell SS disease. Today it can be challenging (especially for him!) but he is one of the biggest blessings of our lives. If he had not been adopted, Asher would not be alive today.

Adoption literally saved my son's life.

 Look at this kid!     And our world is full of "Asher's".

Since our last adoption in 2011 (Arielle-forever home at almost 14), I had seen more and more children who were available for adoption from China with thalassemia, another genetic blood disorder. I became curious. Many of the symptoms present themselves like SC. Symptoms Asher deals with daily- so I did a little research. Thalassemia looks scary if you had nothing to compare it to. But having this connection with hematology, it didn't look so scary to us. In fact, I saw huge possibilities! We live so close our choice of children's hospitals.

So when I received a little photo of a little girl in China who was 5 years old with thalasseamia, I immediately sent it to Brad! There was something about her. MAA was willing to waive some of the fees due to the severity of her special need (love MAA! They truly care about the kids!).  We prayed for a couple weeks and the answer was clear.


And it was "yes" in our heart before we even had her file looked at. We knew it in our heart, but needed confirmation. And we got that too! Both directors of MAA had met her and fell in love. As soon as I showed her file to Asher's hematologist (she's an adoptive Mom too! China!), she loved her as well.
We were all smitten <3

We didn't have a dime. Not one cent to contribute. Nothing to start with.

But we had the name, Elizabeth - God is a Vow

His promise

Luke 1:45 "And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord."

So we rested on this promise that God was in this and He will provide everything...  we stepped
out in Faith. The rest of this story is pretty quick, and straightforward.

We knew God was in this. His very heart is for the orphan. We began to sell bracelets and other fundraising and money started to trickle in. We had what we needed, when we needed it.

We applied for 3 grants - and got all three!

Yesterday we also found out that our orphanage fee was waived as well!!!

Blessed beyond measure!

I realize how difficult it is when you are adopting and the money does not come this easy. I know, because I've experienced it. But, the Lord still provided a way for each of our adopted babies. I don't know why this final adoption He has made so easy financially. I have no answer to this. But we give God all the praise for all of our children. ALL of them. They are each one a gift from God. Maybe God opened the door so wide for Elizabeth because we were so reluctant to walk through it at our age... Maybe. When God makes the way so clear, it's just foolishness not to listen....

We are soon to have 7 kids! 7 is the number of perfection and this will be our last adoption.

But we aren't finished! We have more work to do for the orphan.
 That's another topic for another time.

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1 comment:

Kathy C. said...

What a great story of faith!