Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Little orphans

Because of the earthquake in Haiti, there are thousands of orphans there as we speak. Not to mention the thousands there before the quake. My heart breaks for these tiny babes, curious toddlers and growing girls and boys. They don't have parents anymore. Last week, they were simply at daycare for the day and now they are orphans.

I mentioned yesterday, to Patrick, that we should look into caring for a baby from Haiti. He gave me to go-ahead and I called Bethany Christian Services in Pittsburgh to see what adopting from Haiti would look like. I filled out the preliminary inter-country form and now we wait. Earlier today I got a call from a friend who told me that Pittsburgh Department of Health Services had a waiting list to get children from Haiti that are being sent here. How incredible that babies from Haiti are being sent to Pittsburgh, PA?!?! That's an hour away from me! I called and answered some questions and now we wait, again.

This all seems to unreal. I don't even know if they'll need us, but if they do I'm ready. I don't think I've even processed all that needs processing to understand what I signed up for. We discussed adoption awhile ago, but decided recently to pursue fertility treatments again for the next baby. This is all completely unplanned and surprising to me. Plus, the timing couldn't be more off.

When it comes down to it, all I know is that God gave me a deep, deep heart for children and I'll do whatever I can to help a Haitian baby grow up knowing love, growth, nurturing and Jesus. And I know that this burden grows more intense everyday. Who knows what the future holds. I'm so glad that I know the One who does!

Join Patrick and I in praying for whatever may come of this situation. We certainly have no clue! Even if all of this burden and passion and waiting leads to a lot of prayer and more of Jesus, I know that I'll be doing exactly what I'm suppose to be doing - trusting my Lord.


Al said...

wowow! I am excited for this process to begin, for the Lord to work, and to see what happens. We will be thinking and praying for you both...with whatever the outcome is.

Thank you for sharing and for allowing us to be a part of your journey in a small way.

Baby Hancock said...

My heart is right there with you...I was just crying last night watching CNN and hearing about the orphans...Haiti had 380,000 orphans BEFORE the quake hit!! I wondered, too, if we could adopt one, though now that I'm pregnant it seems a little crazy to pursue...but I do pray that this will glorify God for you guys and for each and every child that needs adopted.

Anonymous said...

That's so great! I was just thinking this morning before I read your blog how I wish I could adopt an orphan, but then they probably wouldn't approve me and stuff. Then I thought of you and I was like no, they just had a baby. Keep me updated and if they need me let me know :) I love you- Bethany

Nathan & Sarah said...

you amaze me, you are one incredible woman. I can't wait to hear/see what God has in store for you and you little family.