Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sorry, a glitch & Generosity!

Sorry everyone but we had a glitch on our blog today and it reverted to only invited readers. I did not want the settings to be that way so it is changed back now. So sorry if anyone was unable to see the blog.

I wanted to thank so many of you who have offered to send me clothes and those who already have. It is amazing to see the generosity in the adoptive community and I am moved by all of you!!!

I wanted to post one story in particular. The day I posted my "clothing plea" I received an email from a wonderful woman who was going through some turmoil of her own. She had a dream of adopting from China and had collected lots of beautiful clothes and dolls etc. over the years. I do not know the specifics that went into her decision but she had been feeling that God was calling her to give up her adoption dream. She had restled with the decision and many tears were shed but she felt she needed to be obedient to what God had been asking. The night before I posted my clothing plea she had laid the adoption at God's feet and asked him to show her what to do.  If He wanted her to give this adoption to Him then to show her someone to give all the wonderful clothes to. The next morning she looked on my blog and saw my post and I guess she was moved and felt like God had put this whole situation together. She felt that it was devine arrangement of circumstances that she had made her plea to God and asked for a person to give her clothes to and the next morning she saw my post about needing clothes for our daughter from China. She felt Gods leading and tremendous peace about her decision to give the adoption back to God and that He had something different for her in the future. She emailed me and told me the situation and asked if she could send me the clothes. Of course I was terribly moved by her story and felt that God's hand was in the whole situation. I was amazed by her trust in what God had for her and felt blessed to be a part of His plan.

This amazing woman sent us a HUGE box full of the most beautiful NEW clothes and toys. It was such a blessing to us not only to receive the gifts but also to see how she had trusted in the Lord and He was leading her life. Opening that box was so emotional. There was tremendous  excitement about seeing the items but tremendous sadness of a dream ending but tremendous excitement about what God had in store for her. Her obedience to what HE wanted was moving. When opening the box and looking at the items, Ethan actually said that he thought this lady was "very brave". When I asked what he meant he said that she was being very brave to be giving up what she wanted and doing what God wanted. I think she taught all of us a lesson- a very valuable lesson about obedience and I cant wait to see where God takes this amazingly Godly woman!!

I did ask if I could post her story and she was gracious enough to allow me to do so. She had hoped that through her journey that another struggling person might somehow be  influence or moved by her situation and be lead to follow blindly to what God has for their life. What an amazing testimony!! We feel blessed to have been a part of her journey and genuinely appreciate her generosity. I hope to grow our friendship!!

Within all the clothes were a few older girl outfits so I put this beautiful Matilda Jane dress that she had given me on Finley. I will let the pictures speak for themselves-- ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!

 Just beautiful!!

 Finley loves spinning and thought this was a spinner dress so she decided to spin and spin and spin!

 And Spin

 And Swing

 I love her true smiles. It is so full of life and shows so much of her personality. She is such a happy easy going little girl. We feel so blessed to have her!!

 What a beautiful dress!!!!

 On the horse trail behind our house

 Barefoot-- ouch!

 Running-- they were racing and Finley was holding her own with her speedy sister-- man can Mia run!

 Sisters-- awwww!!!

 They have so much fun together.

Mia is the typical type A leader and Finley is the easy going happy to play anything one. I wonder how our new little one will fit in???


  1. What a beautiful story! A story I needed to hear....I have been struggling with God over adopting again. My heart is aching to adopt again, but my situation won't allow it. I thank Him for my beautiful daughter and know without a doubt that He hand picked her for me. I don't understand, however, why my desire and His will is not matching up this time. I struggle with giving up the idea of never adopting again. If this woman can leave her desire at the foot of God and follow his will, then I to can find the strength. God sent you to her, and through both of you, I have found peace.

  2. What a beautiful story. Laying it all out there is so hard especially when you don't get the answer you are hoping for. Your daughters are darling.

  3. love the blog and the story. i'm a mom of 2 internationally adopted children myself. what i don't understand though is the tendency to give god the glory for some clothes you recieved. why did god feel it necessary to give your daughter designer clothing, but did not feel it necessary to fill the bowls of the children who died of starvation in africa today? i'm not being snarky or rude...i just truly would like an answer. i struggle with the god concept myself (despite being raised VERY religious), and i've always wondered why people feel god chose to hear their prayers, and not those of others.

  4. Lindsey,

    I appreciate your comment but I completely disagree. The point of this post is not to say that God chose to bless me with designer clothes rather He used me to work through this other lady in an effort to see His plan for her life. It is very hard to explain it to people who do not belive because so much of what Christian's belive is based on faith but in this situation, I belive God worked through me in order to help this other lady. It is not a "we chose not to feed starving children" rather she had these clothes that she intended on using for her own child but God had a different plan for her life. She put a fleece out to God and asked if it was His will that she walk away from this adoption- and all the adoption related things she had collected over the years- then to show her someone to give her clothes to. She is not a big reader of adoption blogs but for some reason had been reading my blog for a while. The morning after she put that fleece out to God, she saw my post. I am ablsolutly sure non christians would say that was coincidence and that it meant nothing and that we are reading things into it, but I know God does not work that way. He works through others to bless others and I belive that is what happened in this situation. Ever since she saw my post and sent me the items, she has had tremendous peace about her decision and peace is a gift God gives as confirmation that you are living in His will. This sounds lame to a non beliver and honestly I think many non belivers would think we are reading way too much into this, but I choose to belive this was a work from God.

    I do appreciate your opinion.

    Christy :)