In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dear Orphan

I read the following on two different blogs today and loved it, so I clicked over to read the 
author's blog and was thrilled to find that it was a lady that I took pictures for in Liberia. 
She was in process of adopting a 10 year old girl when we traveled so we took pictures 
and took measurements for her. She is a remarkable lady who has adopted several 
Down children from around the world. This sure makes me think! 

Dear Orphan,

I saw your picture today and heard about your plight. Your face is so beautiful and sad, 

and it tugs at my heart.

I hear you don't get enough to eat, and that there isn't always medicine if you get sick. 

You sleep in a room with many children, but you still feel alone.

You have never had anyone wish you a "Happy Birthday", give you a gift, or even sing 

you a lullaby goodnight.  No one has ever told you about Jesus or that He loves you.

I wish we could adopt you, but....

It is such a long way to travel, it would cost so much money, and it involves so much 

Our home isn't very big, and we already have children. Adding another child to our 

family would mean they would have to share a bedroom as well as our love and 
What if you have health issues or special needs that are not yet diagnosed?
You might have a hard time adjusting to a family after never knowing one, or have 

"issues" from years of neglect, malnutrition, mistreatment, or abuse.

I'm sorry, it just feels like too much of a risk and sacrifice.  Adoption doesn't really

 feel like our "calling".  Maybe there is another family....

Written by Amy B.

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