Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thankful Sunday

I missed my thankful post last Sunday. I don't remember why. well it's an incredible Sunday morning. Temps are already at 50 degrees and it promises to get up to the high 60's.

Today I am thankful for:

The health of my children and others that have had the H1N1 over the past few weeks. Everyone has recovered. We had over fifty kids out of school one day. There are only about 200 in all.

I'm very thankful that Emilia scored a H1N1 vaccine at the doctors on Friday. They just happened to get delivered the night before. Talk about lucky.

I'm amazed and thankful for all the great suggestions I received after my post pleading for help with Andrew's birthday party. I will definitely be able to use many of them! You guys are great!

And here's the BIG one. I really want to adopt, but at this moment because of our finances we would never qualify. I was talking to Peter about this, on and off. I was telling him how I feel a responsibility to save one of these sweet babies. I want a baby with ds. I feel that with the birth of Em it just solidified my feelings about adoption and her having ds just showed me where I needed to look. I never really felt Peter was on board. He kind of "yesed" me a lot.
But yesterday he brought up the subject of adoption on his own, and admitted that he thought we should definitely adopt a child with Ds. He was blown away when I told him what happens to these little ones if they are not adopted and I showed him Reese's Rainbow.
I am so thankful that we are both on the same road about this, it's the hand of God in motion for sure. I don't know if we will ever actually be able to make this happen, the road ahead of us is more than bumpy. But I'll die trying. We both will and that's what makes me so thankful, it's not just my silent dream anymore. It's our big loud make this happen dream!

A note to sweet Denise. You have no idea what your comment meant to me from my last post about Andrew's party. I do believe that God has used you as an instrument to give me a message to continue on with our dream. I was in church last night praying that if God really wants this for us then, we need to get out of this financial mess we're in. Your comment was amazing! And you had no idea we were even thinking about adoption! I just sat there in stunned silence. I seriously couldn't believe what you wrote. I wish I could just give you a huge hug!


Emily said...

Oh.. that was a beautiful post. I have brought the adoption topic up to my husband also. It is something I have always wanted to do, even as a teenager I talked about wanting to adopt when I was older. Like you, my eyes have been opened to the world of Down syndrome, and that's exactly the direction I would turn myself. I pray that your dreams will come true!

Denise said...

Wow!! I want to say how "freaky" that is that I thought of you yesterday at the same time you were praying about it, but it isn't freaky at all!! It is absolutely God's hand in this. I am just so thankful that you guys are even considering this because I meant what I said about you being the perfect family for a child. And you may be surprised by the lack of income they actually require to qualify. I found it on the Reece's Rainbow website. One of these days, you and I will have to have a chat so we can both whine about our "messed up" finances. I am right there with you!!!

Lacey said...

That is such a cute pic of her.
I'm so excited that we are getting the ball rolling with adoption. We are going to get a home study after the holidays, then just wait for them to call. There are two companies here in the states that adopt, and the fees aren't outrageous. One mom told me she paid 3400 for one, thats beyond reasonable for adoption. Although I hate to leave those sweet kids in other countries, we've decided that adopting in the states is more feasable than foreign.
You never know, maybe they'll turn us down right now. We had some major financial problems at one time, and we are still working on rebuilding our credit. But our house is paid off,and we have no credit card dept. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed.

mandd3 said...

God must have had adoption on his mind last week. My husband also came around. It is no longer a "yes, dear, I'm barely listening". It turned into a solid yes, but just not yet. I'm not ready yet either, Tomas' health is still to (searching for a word) fickle? But I do know that when he is settled my husband and I will be on the same page. All of us in special needs blogland have seen the hand of God work wonders - so keep on praying!

scrappy quilter said...

First that picture is so stinking cute. Her smile just makes my day. I so miss our M's.

I've got tears in my eyes when I read about you guys wanting to adopt. How precious.

I think when God places something on our hearts as big as this, he'll move mountains when it comes to our finances. We had 52K in debt in late 2002 and last year we were debt free including no mortgage. It means sacrifice and lots of it, however when we have a dream such as adopting, it becomes less sacrifice and more of worship to our King. Adoption is His heart!! I'm cheering you on all the way dear friend. Hugs and love.

Kele said...

Well, your post made me be nosey and go read the comment from Denise you referred to. I couldn't agree more! You have much to be blessed for and I will keep your and your hubby's dream in my prayers! How exciting!!

Cammie Heflin said...

I am right with you on adoption! Addy's adoption was just as expensive as an international one and we are still recovering financially two years later. I am sure that we will adopt through Reece's Rainbow sometime in the next few years, just leaving it up to Him!

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie,
Gabriel picked your name for the Butterfly booties this morning. Congratulations!

Please give me your mailing address at

Many thanks,
Lianna and Gabe

Tim and Kelli said...

Great post and that picture is adorable! I just love her smile.

Perplexing Situation said...

everytime I come to your page I do indeed smile. You have so many things to be thankful for. Thanks for reminding me that I have so many to be thankful for too.

Good luck on your journey through adopting. I would love, love, to adopt but that's in the future. I just need 1 baby for now. ;-)

Anderson Family said...

Your thankful sunday post is wonderful. Good luck with your journey of adopting. My husband blew me away the other day when he mentioned that we should adopt a baby with down syndrome - he said if we have one we might as well have two. That may be a few years down the road as we deal with finances as well. I hope that your journey leads you to a child who would love to be in your wonderful family.

Tina said...

It's so wonderful reading about the way things are just guys thinking silently about adoption and then Denise says something totally out of the blue about it, its obviously a sign that its meant to be, you guys are meant to get this child whenever it does come through, adoption is in your "karma" i.e. fate. I really think its so so great.
Thanks for that lovely picture on top gosh she's getting cuter and bigger by the day!!!

Lori said...

What an adorable picture of little Miss Emilia!
And, what exciting news that you guys are considering pursuing adoption! I will definitely be praying for you through the process. Keep us posted!

Ruby's Mom said...

Em is so precious!How wonderful that you are considering adoption!I think if the Lord would give me a bigger house I would want to adopt a child with Ds.I'll be keeping you in my prayers:)

Chris said...

Stephanie, I just know that your dream of adopting another child will become a reality. Will be keeping you in my prayers.

Love the photos of Em and her baby. So sweet.