My sister lives in Utah and was getting her hair done by her friend, Andrea Barentsen, who works at Artistic Look Inc. in Clinton, Utah. While she was visiting with Andrea, she began telling her about our adoption and about the conditions for kids with special needs in Eastern Europe. Andrea was touched and pulled out $20.00 to have my sister send us for our adoption expenses. Amazing! I sent Andrea a thank-you card expressing how profoundly grateful we were for people like her-willing to help a complete stranger with a cause dear to our hearts. Andrea had the thank-you card on her mirror at the salon, and since then has shared our story with other clients who have come in for a haircut. Four more customers also donated $20.00 each to our adoption!!! Can you believe this? Complete strangers wanting to do something good in the world. We have a friend who works for the DEA (drug enforcement agency), and when we visited about why we were adopting Arnold and what kind of awareness we were trying to bring to these defenseless children, he emotionally said, "this brings me great hope for the world." This person sees the very worst of humanity, and it lifted him up to know there is also so much good going on in the world. It lifts me every day too in so many ways. This is one of the most fulfilling things I've ever done in my life, and I will be forever grateful that this has been a part of my life. Thank you, Michelle (my sister), Andrea, and your clients who have touched many people by your selfless act of giving. Anyone needing a great haircut down in that area, head on over to support this great woman!
Can you imagine what national coverage would do for these orphans? How many people would look up their website out of curiosity, disbelief, etc.? It would be an awesome launch of greater awareness for these kids who so desperately want a family of their own. I am so proud to call Brady and Andrea our friends. How could I not believe God has placed us here in Boise, each with the same desires to help these kids, each reaching out in different ways, now united in our cause and working together to do all we can to find homes for these children? It is truly miraculous.
At the snow cone event, Andrea told me about a sweet family in her neighborhood who came to her house with some money their kids had raised for us doing a lemonade stand!!! How amazing is that?!
|Aubrey's sweet baby girl at the snow|
cone event today. One boy asked if she was
one of the orphans! :)
This dude caught my eye early in the adoption process too, so I was excited to find out they were doing this for him. You'll notice that he has over $9,000.00 in his grant money to be used for adoption costs for any family who wants to adopt him. I would love to see this little guy (he's tiny for a ten-year-old!) find a family soon!! I am so impressed with Aubrey and Mike. When my Jake was 10 months old, I think I was still in a haze of therapies, doctor appointments, and adjusting to our new normal. And here they are, advocating for orphans with Down syndrome like they've been doing it forever!!! Aubrey, I just think the world of you and have loved getting to know you better!
Our family has been so supportive and wonderful. I have talked to many fellow adoptive families whose own families have not been so welcoming to the idea of adopting a child with special needs. I know much of their disapproval is really concern. As a parent, I know I want my kids to have to struggle as little as possible in life (even knowing this is when we really learn and grow), and I'm sure these family members just don't want their loved ones to go through any possible difficulties that may come with an international adoption. I'm sure my parents and loved ones have felt this same concern. I just want them, and all of you, to know that we are so grateful that you show your support anyway! Thank you for trusting us to trust ourselves and our Heavenly Father to help us through whatever may come.
Good-night for now. I promise I will be better at posting to this blog. Thank you for stopping by and thank you again for your prayers, well wishes and support! We can feel it all and we are so thankful!