Adoption is expensive. But God is faithful. When I think of all He has provided, enabling us to make large and frequent payments into our adoption fund, I am floored. We still have about half of our adoption expenses remaining. If paying the first half is any indication of the second, then we’re in good Hands!
Housing – Our small apartment would’ve made for a tight squeeze for a family of four. So when we found a half-built house on foreclosure, we went for it and got a steal. But foreclosures are tricky, so we were thankful for the advice of church member friends: bankers, real estate attorneys, builders, etc. So many helped us build that house, and they saved us THOUSANDS of dollars. In fact, our builder didn’t take a penny from us. In these economic times, I can’t fathom that kind of generosity.
Child care – Caroline goes to Mother’s Day Out so I can work. We’re thankful for the flexibility Brad and I both have at work, allowing Caroline to spend most of her time with one of her parents. But here’s the kicker… we pay a FRACTION of the Mother’s Day Out costs… and by fraction, I mean a sliver. A teeny, tiny, nothing bit. Shew. (Plus, even though my parents don’t live in town, they have taken care of Caroline SO many times when we otherwise would’ve had to hire a sitter.)
Clothing – I can’t remember the last time I bought Caroline clothes. Not only has she been showered in TONS of beautiful hand-me-downs, but grandparents and family have filled in her wardrobe with new items. Caroline’s not the only one who has gotten gorgeous hand-me-downs. I have, too!
Adoption donations – One family (who is also adopting & whom I’ve NEVER met in person!!!) sent us a donation from across the country!!! Another missionary family graced us with adoption money – and I mean a LOT – TWICE. Missionaries and fellow adoptive parents are not people who have money to spare! A childhood friend sent us a random check at Christmas. Human beings offering us undeserved love from God.
Vacations – Brad and I got to use a friend’s beach condo several months ago. Recently, we spent the night at another friends’ lake house. I realize vacations aren’t “needs,” but wow, are they nice. And we wouldn’t take them if they drained adoption funds.
Pretties – There are some talented wood workers at our church. One made our mantle, and another group made our dining room table. Where did the payments for these items go? Straight to an orphan ministry in South America. Now those are some pretties we can feel good about!
We are so humbled by the generosity of so many!!!