The Ache

There is an ache inside of my to get to Ethiopia to meet our daughter for the first time. This ache also translates into wanting to be here all summer just hanging out and watching my kids enjoy the long summer days. It seems I waffle between excitement, fear and pure joy several times a day. Someone please tell me that it is completely normal for a Mother of three who must leave all her comforts to travel around the world to meet our new addition. I’m just saying that this call to adopt is such a mixed bag of emotions. 
One of the things I am driven to do is to gather all that we can to fulfill just a few small needs that exist in Ethiopia. Of course the few bins we can fill will be a drop in the bucket but it feels so right nonetheless to get all that we can over there. Please help us to continue gathering items. We have one bin filled and hope to fill several more. Soy formula is in high demand so if you have any extra or would like to purchase soy formula my porch is always open and we will be taking donations up until the 20th of July. 
I fell asleep last night thinking of the many families who are in the middle of their travels home with their new little ones this very day. There will be airport reunions and wonderful pictures this weekend. There will be tired families who spent their week immersed in Ethiopian culture, Hannah’s Hope, learning the new habits of their children and of course enduring many emotions as they completed the adoption process and make their way home. We will see the beautiful moments of the families made whole. It is that joy and love that brings me to my knees most days as I continue to learn more about the needs of the world. I simply cannot shelf the issue of so many children who are lost to poverty, disease, hunger and trafficking. Children are the innocent victims of horrible circumstances that they have no voice in fighting against. 
No matter your lot in this life we are all capable of the following
Proverbs 31:8
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. “
Feeding the hungry, sponsoring a child, foster care or adoption or simple prayer are all so needed. There are children aching to be fed, heard, loved and needed. 
Off to hang with my kiddos and start the big holiday weekend. I leave you with this quote:
Sometimes I would like to ask God why he allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world and when is he going to do something about it… but I am afraid he might ask me the same question.
-Anonymous
2 replies
  1. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Hi! Came across your blog and just posted that quote a couple of days ago on our family's blog minus1project.blogspot.com I would agree with the emotion ride of adoption….but what a blessing to get to experience it!!! God's blessings on your journey!

  2. MamaMimi
    MamaMimi says:

    I'm so with you friend on being a bag of mixed emotions! One part of me wants things to slow down so I can enjoy time with my boy now and the other part can't get our referral here fast enough. Good thing God knows the perfect timing, because my mind just can't wrap itself around it.

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