it takes a village
I saw the phrase "it takes a village" on an adoption fundraiser shirt recently, and I can't think of more appropriate words to apply to international adoption (or any adoption, really). We absolutely could not follow through with this calling to adopt without the spiritual, emotional, and financial support of our church community. It is too hard to do alone. And, it will definitely be too hard to do alone once the babies are home. We will need the support of our friends and church family, holding us up when we are weary and feeling broken, even more then as we--and the children--work through the bittersweet trauma and transition that inevitably comes with adoption. I'm so very grateful that God has us planted in this community for such a time as this.
A couple of months ago some sweet friends of ours donated $1,000 on the blog. Amazing. We had our eat-in fundraiser at our friends'/lifegroup leaders' house on a recent Saturday night, and between donations and our silent auction we made $1,100. Incredible. We are blessed. And we are well on our way to having the money and paperwork we need to get our dossier sent to Ethiopia, which brings us one step closer to our babies.
Pictures from the eat-in: