Thursday, September 8, 2011

Why not us?

When we were told a photographer was going to come take a picture of us for the article in the Daily Herald, the wheels in my mind started turning. I realized how almost instantly our story would become much more public than it had already been.

I have to admit that the current size of our family was not something I wanted to divulge at first. I was sure that people would look at our family of already six children and would be uninterested in helping us bring two more into it. We are in a position where we have to rely so much on the generosity of others and their time and resources that I was afraid to turn anyone off to our need.

My wise husband, however, helped me realize that though some people might say, "Why you?" the answer should be, "Why NOT us?" If we are willing and anxious to make a difference in the lives of other children, why would we not do it? Just because we can bring our own, natural children into the world doesn't mean we can't make the world better for other children?

Our friend, Lonny, said he thought this adoption was bigger than just Nastiya and Ruslan coming into our family. When I learned the article ended up on the front page and that the reporter had chosen to focus on the idea of a perpetual adoption fund, I suddenly felt that he was right.

There are children of God in need in this world. "Where much is given, much is required." We have been given a loving, wonderful family and the joy of bringing children onto the Earth. Now, it's time to share that gift and perhaps make a difference in the world. And if that requires countless hours of effort, work and sacrifice, we will do it. All we have is only on loan to us from a God who is waiting to see how we use it.

Now, if you'll excuse me...I have three more fundraisers to prepare for this month. But, first, I have to answer the door. There are two adorable little men in muck boots and pajamas standing there. They have harvested pickling cucumbers for the shelves and sunflowers for the girls. With all this joy, how could the Lord not require us to share it?

Why not us?


Notes from the editor: 
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  1. I saw your article on the front page this morning and it literally brought me to tears. We are trying to adopt as well (though not internationally) and have been so discouraged by the costs involved. The tears came because just two days ago I had this exact same idea- an adoption fund based on the Perpetual Education Fund. I think it's an inspired idea! I admire your family and can relate to you (we have four children of our own- so in the eyes of the world we are nuts for wanting more!) Good luck with this awesome endeavor!

  2. Thank you for your wonderful email. I think you are pretty amazing, and I had to write a blog post about it. This will be more publicity for you, but if it brings you closer to your goal, then it's worth it, right?

    Thank you again. And I hope I can help in the future.

  3. Alisa you have such a gift for writing. Thank you for allowing the rest of us to enjoy your wonderful adventure!

    Rachel we would love to have any help that we could get to push the perpetual adoption fund forward.
    Check out the site and pass it on to others.

  4. I think it's time to add that picture Alisa! ;)