Saturday, August 1, 2009

What the heck are the Teabos doing and all the hush stuff Reveald!

Here it is, all out in the open about adoptions and family business. It all started with a baby boy named Themba from South Africa that I fell in Love with while I was in South Africa. We had been looking at how possible it would be to add little man to the family. Then we got an email that crushed us, little dude is HIV+ and it was really advanced. Frank and I took a weekend to pray over this because having him here in the US would mean better health care for him etc. We still felt like God had asked us to say Yes, and that the door would have to shut if its not for us. The door was shut. I was broken! Same time our agency asked that we pray about a new program in Rwanda. Fell in love with a sibling set and we said Yes for them! We learned about the girls in March and were just waiting for all the paperwork on them to come in before we began ours. The door closed for them as well. I was a puddle on the floor with each door that closed why had these kids been put on my heart we said Yes to God in areas where we knew would be a growth for us financially and emotionally and we were certain even though struggled through the rational of all the logic!
It made no sense to me why these things were happening to our hearts and much more why He would call our family to say Yes to something so huge for us and then close the door. Was He testing our obedience, I didn't want any more testing! A couple weekends ago, we saw two boys on our agency's waiting list that Frank feel in love with and phoned our agency with the hopes that this would be the kids, three other families called in to them which is amazing. Our agency decided on another family, crushed again.
Through this whole time we had put the desire before him and begged for the feeling to be taken away if its not time. For us the timing was terrible because we are still trying to figure out how to sell our home and live with less to save for more :)! Still our home on the market ''just in case''!
During the waiting we placed out home on the market and begged for a miracle of sale or something bigger! I am happy to say our banks are looking at revising our home loan which would make living here possible with more mouth to feed.
Still the feeling of our kids waiting for us.. praying for us.... aching! We decided to call some other agencies that were working in Africa. Our heart is for all of Africa not just Ethiopia and we feel like there is so much awareness going on in Ethiopia, Praise God for this , but there are more countries also!
I have a friend who adopted through Adoption Advocates International I through the Ghana program and we spoke for a little while. I then called and spoke with the Coordinator and told her the story and that we were looking for siblings 7 and under. Awesome part, is the fees are half of what we were expecting! Amazing part is the home the kids are have mostly siblings and the great need is for parents looking for children 8 and under! That's us!!!

Should we do this thing? We both know were are suppose to. We both know God is asking us to jump with two feet and trust Him. Regardless of all the opposition Regardless of whats on paper, regardless of our fears. HERE WE ARE GOD! YES!


Heckert's Highway said...

God doesn't ask to do anymore than just say "YES" to Him. If we have willing hearts to do His will, then He will be glorified and others can truly see Him. I'm so excited to see what He does with your family as you take this journey. Besides, I've always wanted lots of nieces and nephews!! I can't wait to hold whoever they are:O) We love you guys!

The Tulloss Family said...

Always inspired by your hearts and your journey. Can't wait to see what happens.

We are Grateful!!! said...

Hi Natalie:
Welcome!!! (AAI)
We are so excited for you and are looking forward to seeing where this wonderful journey will take your family. Enjoy!
Blessings, Tami
PS. You will love this new family/friends. Very supportive!!!

Jennifer Meysenburg said...

We are praying for you, Natalie!

Murphy Momma said...

Praise God for your obedience!!

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.
-Oswald Chambers

“Vision is when you see it, and others don’t. Faith is when you do it, and others won’t.”
Luci Swindoll

Amy Bottomly said...

This is amazing Natalie! Congratulations! Can't wait to see who your new young ones will be! :)

Chrissy said...

I see now!! I just read farther down and see you are going with AAI! Thats awesome!! I am so happy to hear you met your goal last night! We will have to consider doing the same thing when it is time for us to follow suit! We are decided on Ghana and a sib group under 7yrs (our youngest is almost 7). So happy to "meet" your family! Can't wait to watch God make things happen!

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