A few more things that I just can't forget to share with ya'll (as my sweet sister in law would say)...If you've got even a mustard seed of compassion for the 5 million orphans in Ethiopia alone [yes, you read that correctly], then it's a must that you check out these links below! There's something that just feels good deep down when you know people are doing the right thing. I think God uses those times to connect us to His forever desire for us to know Him. He's got this soft spot for orphans, I know because He tells us that and He refers to you and me as orphans before we come into a relationship with His Son. So enjoy these next few links that bring us together with others who've caught the wave of standing up for those who need forever families... :)
Some of you might be familiar with Veggie Tales and/or the recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman. A few weeks ago my mom sent me a link to a new song that Chapman has written. Even cooler, Veggie Tales has teamed up with him for their new DVD "Its a Meaningful Life" due to be released October 5th. And their message is about adoption!! How cool is that?! Check this out, and I know all you tough guys out there will find this sweet in it's own special way ;)
Shaun Groves was on a trip to Guatemala working with Compassion International, and was moved to write this song in his hotel bathroom! Music plays such a significant role in our household, and although I can't carry a tune, it sure does have a way of capturing my heart.
In this blogging world it is amazing the way we get to interact with other families who are going through the same process. We might live hours and hours away, but with the click of my laptop I can instantly welcome myself at their table, just as if we were sitting with coffee and chatting it up. It's like a community of cheerleaders and family, some are home with their children, others are waiting, still others are still waiting to make that leap into the decision to forever expand their family. And we all get it. Tears are shed as we relate to tough moments, exclamation points fill up our comments when we really are bubbling with joy for them, and all the in-betweens that we all experience as we patiently and obediently travel this adventure to our children. Follow this link to my friend Erica's blog The Road Less Traveled and you won't be disappointed!! Right now she and her husband, David, are in the midst of raising money to bring home their daughter from ET. They too are working with Children's Hope International and I just love following her posts and hearing what life is like for that family of 6 :) Take some time to check out what their latest goal is. Great things are in store for this family!
Happy Friday and enjoy the weekend!!