Our little Naomi isn’t so little anymore. In fact, at 23lbs she’s quickly outgrown her 9 and 12 month outfits! What a blessing it is to say that we have a little chunky monkey in our family. She’s now just over 10months old and learning new things every day! Our little girl loves when we listen to Klove in the morning her little legs start swinging and her hands start clapping which just makes my heart so happy. She’s crawling like a pro now and she knows how to make us laugh and make Aiden squeal . Our hearts are overflowing with love for our little girl.
Aiden is growing oh-too- quickly. He’s now 2.5! He loves his train table and anything that involves trains and trucks. He can count to ten and match up his numbers. He is perfecting his alphabet and can recognize some letters. We’re working on colors right now and it’s been quite a challenge, but every day we find a way to go over colors even if it’s with his trains. This boy knows exactly what to say and do to crack us up 🙂 He’s just like Daddy and his silliness; I hope he can always be the sweet, silly boy he is today. Our hearts are so full of love for our silly boy
Summer is winding down and Jon will soon be heading back to school. We’ve had a perfect summer with trips to the zoo, children’s museum, walks, bike rides, and a trip to Glen Arbor. This summer has brought us closer together as a family and for Jon and I it has really brought us closer to where God wants us to be. Before we were married Jon and I always discussed that if we were unable to have children of our own we would love to adopt. This summer we’ve prayed for direction on how God would like us to possibly grow our family and we both feel God calling us to grow our family through adoption. These past several weeks we’ve read countless blogs and researched a number of international adoption agencies. We’re feeling an overwhelming burden for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here are some shocking facts we’ve found. Please check out http://nothinglefttopaint.com/ They recently brought their little one home from Congo.
There are 5 MILLION orphans living in the Congo alone. (The population of the entire state of Indiana is 6.5 million.)
Only 46% of the population has access to clean water.
The life expectancy is 51 years. 20% of children do not live past the age of 5.
48% of children in the Congo have no access to school or an education.
Average annual income of a Congolese citizen is 120 US Dollars.
War and conflict have led to the death of 5.4 MILLION people since 1998. It is the deadliest war since World War II.
Congo has been named as the worst place on earth to be a woman.
To know that our little boy or girl will be born in such a hostile environment makes my heart ache in such a way that it hurts my entire body. No Mommy to wipe away the tears and no Daddy to protect this small child from all the hurt and disappointments. One day, sweet child, we will be there to whisk you away, and believe me I will wipe away every tear you cry and Daddy will hold and protect you. Though we don’t know you, we love you more than you could ever imagine and we’re praying for your heart and eyes to be protected for however long we’ll be apart.
Saying goodbye to my sweets, coke zero, Moe’s isn’t so hard when you know your child needs a home. We’re pinching pennies and tossing every spare penny we have into our adoption fund. This may be a long, hard journey, but every step we take brings us closer to you.
Please be praying for us in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. We need to save an astronomical amount of money, but we’re giving it over to God. He’s placed this desire on our hearts and we know He will provide. Please also pray for us as we decide when to start this process and who to start this process with. A few agencies I have contacted have quite a waitlist…pray for our hearts as I know I get so anxious about things. Most of all please pray for our little one wherever he or she may be. Thank you, thank you!
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.