Born Into My Heart
I love this story. Danielle is in love with her son Sergey and will do whatever it takes to rescue his precious life. I admire this woman and hope you will be challenged by her faith.
Our decision to adopt did not happen overnight, it progressed over a couple months as we prayed and asked God what His will was for us. We had been introduced to Reece's Rainbow in December of 2010, you can read the full story of how that came about here. I knew in my heart that God was asking us to step out in faith but of course we had questions like How was this going to affect our family? How were we going to come up with the massive amount of money needed? Would we be able to care for a special needs child? and Could I truly love a child that I did not carry? But as I looked at all those precious faces on Reece's Rainbow I was overwhelmed with love and compassion and God took away all my anxious thoughts. I knew the day we saw Sergey that he was our boy and I loved him from the minute I saw him as if I had just delivered him. He was born in my heart at that very moment.
If you have ever heard that adoption is a paper pregnancy it is the absolute TRUTH, I would have to say I am towards the end of my second trimester:) And just like my bio pregnancies I am physically and emotionally done. We just hit our seventh month and we still have a long way to go yet, but I believe with all my heart that this waiting period has allowed God to show His awesome and mighty power. He has his hand on this adoption and I have seen the ripple effect it has had on others just because we took this leap of faith. Though it is nothing we have done, all the glory goes to God.
I would have to say our decision to adopt stems from our beliefs and convictions in that what we do for anyone in need we do for Him. Matthew 25:35-40. We have been asked why adopt a child with special needs internationally when there are children in need here in the U.S.? And our answer has always been that we are not opposed to adopting from the U.S. in the future but right now we feel led to adopt from Eastern Europe because these children are living on borrowed time. These countries believe that children with Down Syndrome are a burden to society and they are hidden away in orphanages from birth. This also includes children with Cerebral palsey and who are HIV+. Between the ages of four and five they are then taken to adult mental institutions where they are tied to their cribs to live out the rest of their days. Which statistically 95% of them will die in the first year due to starvation and medical issues. We here in the U.S. know what these children are capable of, and Reece's Rainbow is doing everything they can to educate these countries on all the possibilities. But it takes time and most of all money.
In sharing my heart on our adoption I guess what I want to get across to those of you reading is that this is God's story, that God knew Sergey just like my biological children was intended for us before the foundations of the earth were created. God has an incredible heart and love for the orphan, and over the past few months I have seen Him work in situations in what we would look at and say that is impossible. But we know with Him all things are possible. God intends to give these children a hope and a future.
He turned three this August and we hope to have him home and in our arms in the next few months. While the road has not been an easy one, and if I'm truly being honest it has been one of the hardest times of my life, the Lord has given me so much peace and comfort and the biggest support system I have ever had in my husband and the two ladies going through this process with me for their own little boys Jaime Kelley and Amy Jupin. That alone has been a blessing in itself which I am truly grateful for.
I would also like to encourage those of you women who want to adopt but maybe your husband isn't on the same page, to not give up on them. To keep on praying for them, my husband while he was not opposed to adopting he definitely had reservations in the beginning, but now aches to hold his little boy. Again all things are possible if you are seeking God's will.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I encourage you to go and check out Reece's Rainbow and look at those beautiful, perfect faces and decide in what way you can help. "Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later: I'll give it tomorrow", when you now have it with you." Proverbs 3:27&28. Whether it be a donation, becoming a prayer warrior or adoption, every little bit helps and you WILL be helping to save a life. And who knows you're child could also be waiting for you, all it takes is just one look to know:)
Here is an opportunity for you to help bring Sergey home! When you donate $25 dollars or more I will send you a handmade hair accessory of your choice (send me a note to let me know which one you'd like). All profits will go to Sergey, Davis, and Isaac, so that they might be cradled in their mamas' arms that much sooner.