Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Social At Pullen Park

As I mentioned before, we would like to create a network of Ethiopian Adoption families here in NC and I thought this would be a great opportunity for us to get together. This event is sponsored by the adoption and orphan care ministry of Providence Baptist church with which we have been involved. It is for all adoptive families but I just wanted to extend an invitation to those of you fellow ET adoptees who are following our blog. This is a great park and a great way to fellowship. Please join us, we look forward to meeting you or seeing you again!

Social at Pullen Park - For All Adoptive Families
When: Saturday, April 26th
Time: 10am - 2pm
Location: Pullen Park, Shelter # 6 (behind the carousel up on the hill)

Come and enjoy a fun afternoon of fellowship with fellow adoptive families. This event is a "bring your own lunch" event. We have reserved shelter #6. Rides for the kids include a carousel, kiddie boats, and a train. Tickets for the rides can be purchased for $1 each at the ticket office. The concessions stand sells sno-kones, popcorn, hotdogs, sausage dogs, chicken nuggets, french fries, nachos, drinks, water, ice cream, candy, chips, etc. For more information, contact Teresa George at 556-6808 or respond to this blog post. No registration or RSVP necessary.

Gods Blessings!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

We are Grandparents!!!!

Vaden Elliot Pearce was born at 7:05 am today weighing in at 7lbs 7oz and is 21 inches long! He is so precious! He is a carrot top! He is the sweetest little thing and both he and mommy ( and daddy!) are doing well. Isn't he just precious?! His Grandma gave him his first mowhawk. ( I brushed it, he wasn't born that way!)

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Thread Continues

Tonight we attended an adoption seminar in Raleigh on the topic "Adopting Outside Your Skin Color". It was another one of those God ordained visits. We were so happy and surprised to see a couple there that we met a year ago.

Some of you may remember the testimony of us going to an adoption meeting last year. We were eating dinner and Jerry had to attend a church meeting that evening. In our conversation he told me a friend had told him about an adoption meeting being held at Providence Baptist Church that night. Within a few minutes of hearing this I really felt an impression in my heart that we were supposed to be there. At this point the meeting had already started and we live at least 40 minutes away. After a bit of debate, Jerry and I headed out the door to attend. We arrived to a full room of people with only two seats available in the very back row of the room. When we walked in and disrupted the meeting by opening the door, we apologized and walked to the back of the room. As we sat down, I whispered to Jerry, "I told you we were supposed to be here, these two seats were waiting just for us." The meeting soon ended and it was time for questions from the group. Someone asked about circumcision when adopting new borns and no one knew the answer. So, Jerry raised his hand and answered since we had this experience with the adoption of the twins. Then someone asked the question about "How do you get money for adoption, it is so expensive and we need help". To our absolute shock, the man conducting the meeting stood there a minute and then said, "Would that couple in the back that came in late like to answer this one since you have already adopted before? Jerry and I looked at each other in amazement because we had just experienced the miraculous provision of the tax credit the week before. It was obvious we were to share this testimony before this group. We explained our ages, our financial situation and how God miraculously sent the money and opened the door to Ethiopia.

After we finished, there was a couple that came to us in tears. They explained that they came to this meeting with a desire to adopt but really had no idea if it was possible. She told us how just before the meeting began, she had gone into the room across the hall and literally laid on the floor crying out to God to give them an answer at this meeting tonight, whether or not they were to pursue adoption. During the meeting, before we got there, they gave information on age requirements, etc. and this couple felt completely discouraged and that they had gotten the answer no! Until we stood up in the back of the room at the absolutely last question of the meeting and shared a brief version of our journey. We explained our ages, our financial situation and how God miraculously sent the money and opened the door to Ethiopia. The couple came to us and said "Until you spoke we thought we got a no answer, but, after hearing your story we are hearing yes. We believe God sent you hear to speak directly to us tonight. It looked like you almost didn't make it here and we want to thank you for coming. We are so encouraged."

Well, this is only the second time we attended one of these meetings, here it is a year later and there they were! This same couple was there and we were overjoyed to see each other. They are now beginning their adoption journey to Ethiopia!! Praise the Lord he is so good and he is so obviously weaving a tapestry among us. It is such a joy to be able to reconnect with them and hear the rest of their story. We visited with them after the meeting and are so excited that they are ready to step out in faith as they feel called by God to go to Ethiopia to rescue his orphans. It looks like they will be going for TWO!!!

Praise the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever!

"Family Matters"

Our local newspaper, The Wake Weekly, has published our adoption story in the new "Inspiration" section this week. Our prayer is that this story will help encourage readers to have faith and hope to trust and follow after God in whatever situation they are in. We also desire to encourage others to step out in faith to pursue adoption. I know many people who are thinking about it but always say, "But we don't have the money, or we don't see how it would be possible". So, we hope this journey of faith will be an encouragement to inspire many to step out in faith. The article is in two parts, this week covers our first adoption-the adoption of our twins, Jeremiah and James and next week's issue will continue with our second adoption, the adoption that took us to Ethiopia. If you would like to read it, check it out here