Sanctity of Human Life

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalm 127:3)

2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the significant legal case on the life of the unborn.  Since then, there have been an estimated 50+ million abortions in the United State alone.  Yes, that is MILLION.  This means that, on average, 3,425 children lose their life everyday in the U.S. because of persons choosing abortion.  This is significant my friends!!  We face many tragedies in our country every day, but few are as significant as this statistic.  The next time you hear a news story on a tragedy, consider those lost lives that are not “newsworthy”.  Pray that persons all across our country and our world would see that life, every life, is precious!  Pray that many will see that adoption is an awesome choice and a wonderful way to choose life.

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Orphan Awareness Month

Did you know that there are an estimated 160 million orphans in the world?  November is national orphan awareness month and every Christian has a role in orphan care.

Consider what Scripture says:

“Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless,Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)

“A father of the fatherless and a judgefor the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.God makes a home for the lonely.” (Psalm 68:5-6a)

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27)

10 Ways Every Christian Can Care for the Orphan and Waiting Child

1. Pray for them – put a picture in your home or car as a reminder to pray

2. Speak up for them – talk to other families about adoption

3. Provide for their needs – collect school supplies for an orphanage

4. Support foster parents – take a meal to them

5. Protect them from harm – become a foster parents

6.  Visit them – go on a mission trip to an orphanage

7. Give sacrificially – support an adoptive family

8. Encourage them to press on  – be a mentor to a teenager in a foster home

9. Adopt them into your family – consider international, domestic, or foster care adoption

10. Mobilize your church – start an orphan care ministry

(taken from HopeforOrphans.org)

How will you get involved?

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All Approved and “Just Waiting”

We completed our profile book a few weeks ago and our web profile is now available as well.  This means we have completed ALL steps in our application and are totally, officially, finally approved and part of the pool of families waiting for domestic placements.  When birth parents decide on adoption plans with our agency, our family profile is now included in the book of those they pick from.  It’s been quite a journey and we are so thankful for what we have learned so far.  We are still praying about some potential fundraisers for our adoption and will keep you posted on what we decide.  Thanks for praying and encouraging us! I really appreciate all those that are praying for our parents and siblings as well.  This is an emotional journey for them, too.  When we started this journey last December, I just knew that we would be celebrating Christmas this year with our children.  That will likely not happen now, but we REALLY look forward to our first Christmas with our kids.

If you are interested,  you can check out our web profile here: http://waitingfamilies.bethany.org/home/kentucky/philip-and-marisa

 

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Almost There

We got an email today stating that our home study has been completed and we are almost to the end of our application process.  Our home study process was 3 months and that should be indicative of how thorough our agency is!  We are thankful for their successful history and trust their advice, even when the lengthy timeline may drive us crazy!  We have been busy with making our family profile book (think digital scrapbook), which is what expecting parents will look at to choose us from.  It’s quite a challenge to put your whole life into a few pictures and words, but we rest in the confidence that the Lord has already chosen our children and will be bringing them home to us at just the right time.  Once we submit our profile book, we are added to the group of adoptive families waiting to be chosen.  We look forward to that day and, even more so, to the first moment we meet our children.  Thanks for staying with us in this journey!

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Top 10 Ways to Pray

  1. Pray for women facing unplanned pregnancies to value and choose life for their child.
  2. Pray for social workers and counselors in hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, and adoption agencies to have wisdom, discernment, and compassion as they work with women facing unplanned pregnancies.
  3. Pray for our adoption agency as they seek to “demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality social services”.
  4. Pray for encouragement, perseverance, joy, and contentment for the families waiting to adopt.
  5. Pray that Phil and I would be thankful for what we already have and not yearn for what we have not been blessed with.
  6. Pray that we will not miss the lessons that God has for us in this season of “just waiting”.
  7. Adoption is a battle!  Pray that families will remain faithful even in the darkest moments.
  8. Pray that the doors for international adoption will remain open in countries all around the globe.
  9. Pray about ways that you can be involved in orphan care.
  10. Pray for strength and endurance for those ministering as foster families.
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Training and Home Study

We have made a lot of progress with the final few steps of our application process in the past 2 month.  We completed our 8 training sessions right after we returned from vacation and started our home study meetings 2 weeks ago.  In our first meeting, our case worker came to our house and did a basic safety inspection (smoke detectors, fire extinguisher, adequate room for a child, etc).  It’s always fun when people come to our house for the first time because everyone says the exact same thing – “Your house is a lot bigger than what it looks like from the front”.  We take that as a compliment!  In our first meeting, we also began reviewing some of paperwork.  Essentially, our case work asks for more detail on certain answers we gave on the multiple questionnaires and surveys we completed earlier in the year.  It’s a thorough overview of every aspect of our lives from childhood through marriage.  It’s helpful to think about how not only our present but our past does influence and shape the persons that we are today and the parents that we hope to be in the future.  I don’t believe that the past determines how you will act, but your past experiences do have a influence (good or bad) on you.  The ways that our parents raised and disciplined us, does influence how we want model our parenting style.  We had our second home study meeting last night and this was a longer meeting.  Our case worker had to meet with Phil and I individually to discuss items in more detail.  We our scheduled to have our 3rd home study meeting next week and, Lord willing, this will be our last meeting.  It will take our case worker a few weeks to write up the final report, but we are expecting to be finished with the application process by the end of August.  YAY!!  We will of course keep you posted on when that happens!  After that, we just wait for the call that we have been chosen!

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Vacation and Adoption

We were blessed to spend the first week of June at Ocean Isle Beach with my parents, sister-in-law, and nephew.  My family has been going to OIB since the late 90s and it’s a great family-oriented beach.  We love the small crowds, clean beaches, and slow pace.  We had a wonderful week and it was very refreshing for us in so many ways.  This was the first time that Phil and I could enjoy a whole week at the beach together since we met 3 years ago. We honeymooned in The Virgins but the 19 inches of rain limited our beach time!  Playing in the ocean and jumping the waves brought back many great childhood memories for Phil.  We absolutely adored being able to spoil our nephew all week.  He is almost 5 years old and conquered his fears of the ocean from a year ago.  He had no fear floating out in the ocean with us.  He and Phil had a lot of fun building sand castles…though Phil’s resembled more of a sand city (his engineer mind went crazy)!  I loved the long talks with my parents and sister-in-law and walking on the beach with my hubby.  We were very thankful to take time away from our daily routine and the stresses of the adoption process to simply relax and refresh.  We really missed having the whole family together, but look forward to hopefully another family beach trip next year!  I was telling our nephew that maybe next year the baby would be with us.  He said “maybe you will have 100 babies”!  I just love his little mind!  The vacation came at a good time for us mentally and emotionally as we continue to endure in the adoption process!

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