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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Red Letters Campaign- Catching The Bug

God works in wonderful ways.

This week our good friends announced that they too will be adopting from Ethiopia. They are with a different agency and are adopting an older sibling set. I had so much fun with my friend Julie during the beginning stages of their process. Talking about books she's read. Discussing our thoughts, the risks, etc of international adoption. But, the most fun I had was watching the way God flipped the switch in their hearts, just as he had done in our own hearts.

By "flip the switch" I mean that nearly inexpressible event which happens in the heart and mind that can best be described as being like a heat seeking missile. You just can't stop until you hit the target. Once God set the idea of adoption in our hearts it was on! From that moment the commitment turned into a consuming passion. The intensity which the decision to adopt brings about is almost always surprising to those who are first experiencing it. Literally, it's like a switch has been flipped. One day you were not adopting and the next you are...... and now everything has changed, for the better!

Dustin and I are thrilled for Julie and Mark and their kids! Of course, we have many self interested motives for being thrilled with their choice of Ethiopia!! It's nice to have such a wonderful family in our church adopting from the same country we are. Our kids will have each other nearby to relate to and share the common thread of ancestry. How cool is that!? Maybe now I can even convince Julie to try to learn some Amharic with me since her kids will be older and fluent...she'll need all the help she can get! hehehehe.

So being the dear friends that you are, would you please head over to Julie's Blog and send her your congratulations Then keep updated as they progress. She will be starting an adoption blog soon. I'll keep you posted!

4 comments:

Kim said...

Ya!!! very cool, hey I have been looking for a family I have 4 sets of siblings that are ready to go, I have sibling groups of all ages that are waiting the process I think and hope would be very very short as I have been looking for a family for these brother/sister, sister/sister and even twin groups. I have pictures. you can blog me or email me back although they will use your agency I am sure we have been trying to find a home for sister sister group for a while. I am so hapy you are having the domino affect I pray for more of that in my life.
Kim

Desert said...

I'm so glad you don't have to hold the news in any longer. It's been very hard for me not to comment on some of your blog posts. Trust me, I was bursting too.

And yes on the language thing. I am definitely going to need it!

Stacey said...

I think it's so cool that you guys have each other during this exciting times in your lives! Wow, what an amazing thing God is doing in your families!!

shawn and tisha said...

Jen,
It's so great that you will have a close friend to share your adoption journey with! I stopped by her blog to say congratulations. :)

Tisha (awaa yg)