REJOICE (& GROW IN FAITH) November 18 2015, 0 Comments

This week I received a letter from Show Hope. I had applied for an Adoption Assistance Grant through them a few months ago. I could tell when I picked up the envelope that there was only one piece of paper inside. My heart immediately sank. If I had received a grant, wouldn't the envelope be thicker? While gathering the rest of my mail and walking back inside I thought "It's ok. I will be able to raise the funds. This was a long shot, anyway". But, as I sat down and opened the letter, I spotted the word rejoice...

"On behalf of Show Hope and the donors who make our grants possible, we rejoice with your family as you step out in faith to experience the miracle of adoption. Thank you for allowing us to be a small part of your adoption process. We are pleased to inform you that you have been awarded an adoption assistance grant in the amount of $4,000..."

Wow. I was floored! I laughed and cried. I was surprised by the depth of emotion I felt. This adoption process has been hard. The approval process is arduous. The paperwork is unreasonably extensive. And the fundraising...the fundraising is a bit uncomfortable and tiresome. But, by far, the hardest part for me has been the wondering and the waiting--the emotional toll. Not knowing how to plan because his/her gender is unknown and the age range is so wide. Not knowing how my little one is being fed and clothed, or if they are experiencing love. Not knowing when I will be matched with Mercy and get to bring him/her home. I am devouring books on adoption, inter-racial adoption, single parenting, parenting an adopted child, connected parenting and more. Still, sometimes I feel utterly unequipped for this task.

Then, out of the blue, I am awarded $4,000. And my faith is galvanized. Once again I have confirmation and renewed validation. This journey is right. Once again, He is faithful. This process has been the most faith-building experience of my life. And I know that this part of the story is just a fleeting moment, when compared with what's to come.

FINANCIAL UPDATE:

So far, I have raised/saved $26,884.10. I cannot believe this number. It is a true miracle. Thank you to all of you who have bought coffee or donated your finances in order to get me this far. I am beyond blessed by your generosity.

I have about $10,300 left to raise. Hallelujah! (This number is still huge, but when you start out needing over $37,000, all of the sudden $10k seems attainable.)

TIMELINE UPDATE:

I was just informed this week that there will be no more referrals (matches) made in 2015. So it will be sometime after February 2016 that I will be match with Mercy. Please say a prayer for all the children who will be awaiting families during the next few months. Pray that they are safe and healthy and well loved by foster parents and other caregivers.

HOW YOU CAN HELP BRING MERCY HOME:

Buy a LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT.* 

Make a tax deductible DONATION.

Buy some CHASING MERCY COFFEE.

Pray for Mercy: 31 Days of Prayer for Mercy.

*T-shirts are only available through December 2, so buy them NOW! They should arrive just in time for Christmas! (https://www.booster.com/chasing-mercy)

Holiday coffee sales will go though December 14. So order now for all your holiday parties and Christmas gifts.

We're so close, you guys!