April 10, 2012

because this life matters!



I have sat typing and deleting this post for hours.  Sometimes the right words, those which adequately express what is in our hearts, are so very hard to find.  I definitely am not the most eloquent person around.  Sometimes words fail me.  For many reasons, this one has been a hard post to write.

“You can’t save ‘em all, you know."  

"You can’t help every child who needs a family.”

We hear it all the time. 

I just smile when people make these comments.  My response is always the same--Yup, I sure do know that I cannot save them all.  That’s God’s job, not mine (whew!).  But I sure can do everything I possibly can to save the life of just one child at a time.

You see, I believe that every child matters.  Every child has worth and inestimable value.  Every child on the planet is created in the image of a God who adores them. I believe that every child is fearfully and wonderfully made—just the way they are.

With all my heart I believe that to be truth.

God has had us on a journey recently.  For weeks we have felt the stirring in our hearts to do more, to be more, to give our lives away more.  We have been ever mindful of the fact that our lives are not our own—that we have been bought with the ultimate price—a Savior who died for us. What a glorious example of surrender was He who knew no sin, but was willing to do the will of His Father!  We have such a long way to go in understanding the magnitude of it all.  We have so far to go in truly knowing what it means to give our everything to God. 

A willing heart.  That’s what God requires of us.  The rest we can leave in His capable hands.

Prompted by the direction the Lord was leading us in, we put our yes on the table.  Not really sure what God was going to do with us or where He would take us.  “Yes” could take us anywhere.  “Yes” meant He could call us to do anything. 

“Yes” simply meant surrender.  No matter what.  No matter where.  No matter how. 

Have your way, Lord Jesus!

Soon after giving the Father our yes, we were presented with a situation. Finding the words to express what I felt the moment I read about it, well…there are none.  Driving in the car and heading out of town that day, I leaned over toward Anthony and said, “There are some things that my human heart cannot fathom.  Sometimes there just are no words.”

Staring at me from the e-mail on my phone was a little sweetheart. 

One with infinite value. 

One created in the image of a loving, gracious, and most merciful God. 

One who had suffered far more than any child I have ever seen or advocated for on my blog.

“How can this even be?”  I asked my husband that day.

We were shocked.  Speechless.

Because sometimes there truly are just no words.

Today I would love to introduce you all to a little lovie whom I will refer to as Faith.

Though there's a date of 1983 on all the photos, it's a camera error.  All photos you will see here were taken just last month.

Faith lives in an orphanage far, far away.  It’s an awful place.  A place where the conditions are so heinous and children are forced to live in unfathomable circumstances.  It's a place where many people are working hard to bring about an awareness and desperately-needed change.  Faith's home is in Pleven.

She has been registered for adoption for YEARS.  But sadly, no one ever came for her.  No one has ever even inquired about adopting her.  She has literally been wasting away in a crib her entire life, which is a lot longer than you can tell from these photos, unbelievably.

Helpless.  Lying in her own waste day in and day out.  Only fed enough to barely keep her alive. A little girl who is so thin that every bone in her body is protruding and who is so frail that it feels like her body will break by just being held.

Completely abandoned!


 Some things are beyond our human comprehension. Sweet Faith is now 14 years old. 

Very sadly, she only weighs 14 pounds!  No, that is not a typographical error. Fourteen pounds! That’s one measly pound for every year that she has lived. 

Oh my goodness!  How is it possible?  How can someone that old weigh that little and still be alive?! Two of my sons were BORN weighing 10 pounds!


Through a series of miracles, my friend Shelley recently met Faith when she visited her orphanage.  Extremely malnourished, with stiff little limbs and atrophied muscles due to lack of movement, teeth which are so rotten they are almost falling out of her mouth, and nothing but skin and bones…the little girl still manages to smile in spite of the atrocities life has dealt her.  How she has managed to hold on for 14 long years in her condition is truly beyond all human understanding.  She is a little fighter, for sure.  God is not done with this angel.  He is still writing the story of her life.

It is only just beginning…

SHE IS NOT FORSAKEN!


Faith’s beautiful miracle is about to unfold!  How can a 14-pound teenage girl last this long?  Is it so astounding that God has sustained this one life for such a time as this?

The God of the universe, the One who called her name, has reached down from heaven and said, “Not this one!”  “For I know the plans I have for this, my daughter.  I will restore unto her everything that the locusts have eaten!”

“I will redeem her life!”


Anthony and I spent the next 36 hours on our knees before our Father in heaven.  Begging, pleading, and interceding for Faith’s life. 

What was our role? 

What was the Lord calling us to do?

Friends, sometimes our answer from heaven is what has already been spoken to our hearts.  Sometimes every rational, well-thought-out reason as to why we should not take one giant leap out of the boat, face the raging sea, and walk toward Jesus with everything we have just feels so completely selfish and pathetic. 

Sometimes we know the answer before we have even inquired of the Lord.

And this time, we did.

"GO!"

The little girl who had captured our hearts, the teeny tiny little angel who lies on the other side of the world waiting for her sweet redemption to come….

SHE’S OUR DAUGHTER!

What a joy it is to finally be able to share with you all, the faithful and amazing readers of my blog, that God has once again chosen to give us one of His most glorious creations—another child to call our own!  The little girl who first captured us so deeply by her sweet smile will soon be our daughter, Lord willing.

There truly are no words to describe how blessed we feel and how we are longing, with all our hearts, to be able to bring her home quickly.  The good news is that we have nearly finished our home study.  We have been working hard on paperwork.  Faith’s government realizes the urgency of her situation and has agreed to expedite the process and we are begging every government official here to help us get through the stateside part of the clearances as fast as is humanly possible.  Obviously there is no time to waste.  We are sure that Faith has cerebral palsy.  But what other issues she may have which are undiagnosed, we have no idea. 

We're not concerned what’s "wrong" with her.  We're not concerned about her profound delays or her inability to even sit up on her own.  We're not concerned that her lifespan could very well be severely shortened from years and years of sheer neglect and starvation! 

WE DON’T CARE!

We love HER.  We want HER. 

JUST THE WAY SHE IS.


Do we realize that the journey is going to be hard?  That it could possibly be the hardest thing we have ever had to do?  YES!  We know.  And we’re excited!  We cannot wait to hold this teeny, tiny angel and let her know that she is loved and cherished beyond words.  We cannot wait to help her become all who God has created her to be—no matter how that looks.  Whether she walks or is wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life.  Whether she learns to speak, or never utters a single word.  Whether she learns how to love us back—or is completely unable to express herself.  So be it! 

We will love her with every ounce of our being every day that the LORD sustains her on this earth.  For every day that she has breath, she will know that she is LOVED beyond description.  Because she deserves to live and to be loved.

You know, if I had to choose the road which is easy—the one that never stretches nor challenges my faith—or the road where I am forced to rely so heavily on my Jesus...that’s the one I want!  Every time.

Obviously this is a huge leap of faith for our family.  We have three biological and four adopted children, and God has provided faithfully each and every time.  We know that this time is no different.  He WILL provide.  Only this time we need to raise the RANSOM in a hurry.  With the process being expedited, we don’t have months on end to do the fundraisers we usually do for our adoptions. 

This time there is precious little time.

If you would like to read Shelley’s account of her meeting Faith for the first time, you can read it here.  It is truly moving.  We are so, so thankful to this precious woman of God whom He has used to be Faith’s voice.


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priscilla morse said...

Shared on facebook. Your family inspires me so much.

Looking Up said...

Adeye, I am inspired by the way in which you live your faith "out loud" everyday. God bless you & your beautiful family as you begin another adoption journey. Love & prayers, Kim

Anonymous said...

Praying for your family and this precious little life! Move mountains Jesus!
Donation- Emily Rodgers

Anonymous said...

Share- Emily Rodgers

Anonymous said...

We donated tonight...wish we could give more! Hugs, Nicole N.

Anonymous said...

We shared on FB and our email list too. God bless, Nicole N.

Debbie said...

I was happy to chipin. My prayers are for Faith and you and your family, and for Gods blessings to overflow. God Bless!

Janelle said...

Oh Wow Adeye, this is such exciting news. Your family's faith is such an inspiration. I have shared your blog link on my FB page. I am so looking forward to following this journey with you. My constant prayers are with you. Much love Janelle xxx

Andrea Low said...

I am truly moved. I too have been placed on a mission for the children. Only, now I've only recently said "yes God, I am willing". I'm being led down a path to advocate for abused and neglected children. I feel like I need to try and do what I can to stop it, via education and really just getting the word out. At this stage, I'm pretty lost. But I keep praying. Your story is so inspiring! It help give me hope,...for my own calling, for the children. Im heartbroken over Faith's story and how that could ever happen to anyone, let alone a child. God bless you and your family. I pray that Faith will be in your arms soon.

Ashley said...

I donated. I hope that you can rescue her quickly!
Ashley McDermott

Anonymous said...

I definitely shared this, and will be adding the little that I can to your courageous efforts as soon as I can! Sincerely, Rebecca Glanders

lalalorlor said...

I donated $100. May God bless you and carry gently in his arms during your journey to your daughter.

Anonymous said...

I shared on Facebook!! May God guide you as you bring your sweet daughter home!
Lissa-ND

Jean Kieselburg said...

God bless you in your mission to bring Faith home we have made a donation for Faith

Jean Kieselburg said...

we're also sharing your mission on our facebook page

Amanda said...

I donated to chip in and shared on my facebook! Praying for your precious daughter and your family!! What a blessing!!

Amanda Smith

lmulkey said...

I do not know if I can express how deeply you have touched my heart! God bless you a million times! Please keep us posted on Faith, I know that there are many who will be praying for her safe journey to her forever family. I promise to keep praying for her and your entire family!

Curly Girl said...

I donated to Chip In and I wish I could give more!

Myndie

Karen said...

Your family inspire me so much! I cant wait until your daughter is home

Alison said...

Shared your link on my FB - hope to hear she comes here and grows so healthy soon!

Alison said...

I have shared on FB!

Alison said...

I have shared on Facebook - ALison Jordan

Kimberly Dill said...

Totally sharing! Wow! What a sweet daughter

Shauna said...

I just donated. thank you thank you.

Wow. Thank you. I am so encouraged by your obedience and heart. Our family is in the process to adopt/foster and Its been an emtotional ride so far and we are only in the very early stages... 

My prayers are for you... please know.

I will write a blog on this
www.ppplifestyle.blogspot.com

and fb and twitter about it.

thank you so much again for just drawing me more near to God and his will.


Karina said...

I donated and also shared on Facebook. Your heart for the Lord is very inspiring. God bless as you embark on this journey. 

In Him,
Karina Legradi

Tammy said...

donated, and praying for you.

Tammy L.

Noelle said...

Shared on facebook. :)

Suzanne B. said...

I just donated to your adoption. Best of luck! Can't wait to see her grow and flourish once she has a family. Suzanne Bouffard

Tricia Flagler said...

Also sharing on our blog. 

Samantha Queck said...

Incredible....we would love to donate to bring your sweet girl home.  My husband has always had a heart for Russia and I have always had a heart for adoption.  We have only been married a year but plan on adopting from Russia some day when the Lord gives us the go.  Thank you for sharing your story!

Melissa Price Lorenz said...

So happy for you all!! I just donated, will show as Melissa Price on paypal :)

Christina0469 said...

WoW, Adeye, just WOW!  The tears were flowing reading this, and came even more with Shelley's post!  I am so excited to watch this unfold!!  God is good!!

Loving the Mommy Life said...

Oh my goodness, I am so thrilled to know you are her Mommy.  Faith deserves to join a wonderful loving family and I'm so glad that she is.  God is amazing!!!  The journey is hard and I think the devil fights even harder because he has had such a hold on that place for so long, but the trials are so worth it.  Our paperwork is back to the embassy now and we are waiting for things to move on and praying to travel soon to pick up our little guy from there (along with our 4 who aren't there lol).  Praying for you all as you begin this journey!

Anne Ross said...

Hi Adeye! Just read your blog.. was bawling.. oh my.. how can someone let a child get like this.. everytime I see a picture of a child from Pleven, my heart shatters... I just sent in a donation to the chipin.. I wish I could give more, my husband has been out of work and is having no luck finding a new job and we are hanging on financially barely, only on my CNA pay.... I pray everyday GOD will provide him an opportunity, as I SO badly want to adopt myself and want to help so many more families in the process.. 
I will pray GOD will multiply your donations.. you are amazing. if you need any help from me, I live close, in Colorado Springs.
Anne Ross

Melissa Price Lorenz said...

Shared on FB

Jonana Jolly said...

Donated.  Praying for Faith and for quick fundraising and paperwork!  Jonana Jolly

Mary Ellen Callura said...

Hi there! I just donated on Chip-In for your adoption. I saw a link to your blog on facebook through Brooke Thompson. I've read it before and am so thankful for you!! Now bring that sweet, sweet baby home to your family where she belongs!! -Mary Ellen 

Cheri said...

Donated through Chip In - Cheri Fochs

Christina0469 said...

I donated Adeye, because you do so much and now it's our turn to bless you! I will give more throughout the giveaway, and we will topple this mountain!! 
Christina Schye

Christina0469 said...

I also shared on FB!
CHristina Schye

Jonana Jolly said...

Shared on Facebook.  Jonana Jolly

Joy W said...

WOW, SO exciting!  (That you're adopting Faith- though the giveaway is great, too!)  Will be donating shortly- will let you know when I do.  I have a local friend (a mom from my MOPS group) who is adopting a little boy from Pleven.  The heart breaks.  Joy Warner.

Kate Cardenas said...

I've shared it!

Cheri said...

Shared on Facebook - Cheri Fochs

Jennifer Kooshian said...

One entry for sharing - Jennifer Kooshian jkooshian@gmail .com
Bursting with joy for you!! <3

Joy W said...

Donated! 

novitc said...

Shared! Will be back to donate!! Oh the tears, I am so happy for you all and sweet Faith, you are one very blessed family!

Jennifer Kooshian said...

One entry for donating - Jennifer Kooshian, jkooshian@gmail.com

Sheri H said...

Donated.  Wish I could give more but will load you up with tons of prayers!  

Sheri H said...

Sharing this on my FB, Twitter and where ever else I can. :)  

timndi1 said...

donated! so happy for you!

timndi1 said...

shared on fb!

Amber Byler said...

Amber Byler Shared on facebook and we will be making a donation asap. We are praying for you and your extra extra special princess she is a gem and we pray for gods hand of protection to contiue to be upon her. GOD WORKS MIRACLES AND WE ALL SEEN THOSE MIRCLES THAT HE HAS DONE IN PLEVIN AND GOD HAS GOT YOUR PRINCESS IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND

Pjacademy said...

I heard about Faith yesterday and started praying for her :) Loved reading this today!!!!

Continued prayers for your family!!

Tanna said...

Chipped in and sharing!  Tanna

Yvette said...

COngratulations - I just have a question as I am a little confused.  Does the money for this raffle go to all the Pleven orphans - or your personal adoption?

jrrolffs said...

Adeye, if you would like them for your giveaway, I would be honored to donate 6 Disciple's Crosses, valued at $10 each.  I have black, silver, maroon, light pink, turquoise, and lavender.  You can see a general image of the crosses at https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT9dnoGcEuGQ6ktpzQlaO6Ewhm3Aej74ITFjSw4x5r4wcKQaxs4uw.  I purchase these necklaces to use for my own personal ministry ... I have followed your blog for about 18 months now and am touched by your obedience to adopt another precious treasure!  If you would like to "save" the crosses for a future fundraiser, that would be fine with me as well.  I donated these same crosses for the Mulligan Stew giveaway that Julia just completed.  Blessings, Julie Rolffs

Ashleelinnea said...

Donated. I will donate again thursday.

Be blessed
Ashlee
http://continuingourjourney.blogspot.com/2012/03/kindle-fire-giveaway.html 

Ashleelinnea said...

Posted on facebook

Be blessed
Ashleehttp://continuingourjourney.blogspot.com/2012/03/kindle-fire-giveaway.html 

Maryarnold14 said...

So excited for your family! I shared it on my FB account!

Leila said...

I have shared on my Orphan Report blog and on my facebook. Let's get Faith home soon. Lord have mercy, and God bless you for your Christian witness. You and the other ladies are heroes. 

Shawnda H said...

Donated to your precious daughter. Praying with you for a speedy homecoming.                     Shawnda Hicks  
litergy@hotmail.com

Akushniroff said...

I shared your post. Amanda Kushniroff

Nicole Moore Batey said...

Donated - and wish I could fund the whole randsom!!! You are an inspiration!

Shawnda Hicks said...

Shared on Facebook

Nicole Moore Batey said...

Shared on Facebook, and will continue to do so!

jrrolffs said...

If you need my email address, which I forgot to provide in my previous comment, it is jrrolffs@aol.com.  Julie Rolffs

Deb W. said...

Adeye, For all you do to be the hands and feet and help with adoptions, I wish I could do more for you. I have donated $10. I will try to do more next pay period.

lisa matthews said...

I just made a chipin donation.  I'm sorry it can't be more.  I'm trying to raise money for Carissa, too.  But even so... I couldn't walk away without helping you bring Faith home.  Bless you and bless all the children who are there waiting...

Deb W said...

I shared this giveaway on Facebook! Praying for Faith and for your family. Thank you!

lisa matthews said...

I just shared on facebook for you.  I'm Lisa Matthews (or rhianonmat) btw...  Good luck!

Kelly said...

I shared on my facebook!  Kelly http://extra-chromosomes.blogspot.com

cinderellamommy said...

OH! I held back sobs (barely, even though I am rocking my sleeping baby). I am so happy that Faith will soon be home and feeling your family's and HIS love which has surely sustained her these fourteen years. Blessings on your journey, in faith, to Faith. I'll be chipping in this evening!

Marisa said...

Donated $50 under the name 'Marisa or Maclaine Miller'

Jenn Abell said...

Donated. Sending prayers for your sweet faith and your family.

Marisa said...

Tweeted about the fundraiser on @gracemothering

Schuyler said...

I have made a donation to help bring Faith home to her family. My name is Schuyler Gilmore. You are right, every life matters. I will be praying for your family and Faith and look forward to seeing her blossom!

Calihick4 said...

Awesome! I saw this quote just after reading your blog, and thought it a perfect fit:
"Faith is moving forward in spite of fears. Faith isn't faith unless it has something to overcome. Faith is reason gone courageous." Praying for you, in Jesus' name! Tara @ fit2adopt.com

Susanna Niccum said...

I shared this via facebook!

ForgottenSawRanch said...

My precious friend, Adeye, I'm SOOOOOO glad you're able to share now.  God WILL raise the ransom for Faith.  You've helped raise the ransom for SO MANY lovies, and it's your turn for God's army to lift you and your family up, raising the ransom for your MIRACLE Faith.  I just shared on Facebook.  I will leave separate posts as I donate, share on blog, etc.  I won't stop shouting until the ransom is raised!!!!!

Lisa Pilcher said...

I am SOOO happy for your family and FAITH!!!
I just made a donation for your adoption:)
Lisa Pilcher
www.ourmissionahomeforeverychild-dlp.blogspot.com

Susanna Niccum said...

I donated!  And I'm praying!!

Lisa Pilcher said...

I just posted this amazing story on facebook:)
Lisa Pilcher
www.ourmissionahomeforeverychild-dlp.blogspot.com

Andrea Anderson said...

I shared and will be donating on payday!!! Andrea Anderson

Rosieed1014 said...

Dear Adeye, I have been following your blog for some time now and I am always blessed and inspired by what GOD is doing through you and your husband. Many blessings to you all and we will pray that the ransome money will be raised quickly!!

Eklein said...

I also shared.  I will pray for you!

Amanda said...

I'm sharing this on FB and just made a donation.  God bless your family!

Autumn W said...

Hey my friend! Congratulations! I donated. Autumn Winkles

Autumn W said...

I shared on FB. Autumn Winkles

Rosieed1014 said...

Dear Adeye, My husband  and I donated to bring your liitle Angel home. Have a blessed day

Eklein said...

I donated!  Good luck!

Lilmartinsnest kristen martin said...

10 dollars kristen martin

AviElle said...

Praying you raise the money needed to bring Faith home quickly. My heart aches for this child, Lord have Mercy!

Kris Keener said...

Donated. Oregon.

Jennifer said...

Adeye, as a mommy who is also adopting from Pleven, my heart SINGS to the HIGHEST mountain when I hear of another little one rescued - ESPECIALLY one so needy, so tiny, so IN NEED of intervention. You are doing the most faithful thing you can do and you will surely be blessed for your obedience.  I will add Faith to our prayers for the children of Pleven...I pray you will pray for our son too - who doesn't live on the top floor, but who needs a family to care for him nonetheless.  I was stunned when I learned he is 2 1/2 and weighs 19 pounds...but surely, surely being 14 and weighing 14 pounds is so much worse.  Let the doors fly open in Pleven and the Evil One be forcibly removed so that the light of our Lord may shine on every child's face there.  GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY!

AMS said...

I donated!

primrose_sb said...

Adeye, I shared this on my FB. Let's get the word out and bring your girl HOME! :)

Dunwoody GA said...

So excited for the addition to your family.  Faith will be so blessed finally!  Happy to help bring her home.

Kelley Patilla
Dunwoody, GA

Jenny said...

God Bless you and your journey to little Faith! I'll be back to give more if I can!

Jenny said...

God bless you and your journey to little Faith! I'll be back to give more if I can! :)

Jaki Berggren said...

I'm so excited for you and your family!  Even more excited for Faith!  I'm also happy to be a part of this fundraiser!  I also donated some money to your fund!  God bless!

Jaki Berggren said...

I shared your post on facebook!  I hope this makes it around the world! 

Rebecca Wiggins said...

thank you for sharing this story and allowing us to take part in donating to help Faith and other children at Pleven.

Annie said...

Oh my goodness sweet Adeye!!!!!!!!  I just love watching the Lord work through you and your family!!!!!  My heart breaks for these children and through another dear friend of mine, I have been keeping up with Pleven and praying for those children!!!!  I will share about this and be praying like crazy my dear, sweet Adeye!!!!!!!!  

Sarah Scott said...

I was just waiting and waiting for the parents to be announced. Then, YOU!!! Oh, what a blessing to have a mother who loves her. Joining your friends and family in prayer over Faith's adoption. We are so excited to grow through your story!!!

Keegan4895 said...

Donated at your chip-in!

I am happy for the link I saw on facebook because this post didn't come through in my google reader today for some reason! Praying for you and your family during this time - how exciting! :)

Kara McIntee said...

I shared on Facebook

Sarah Scott said...

just donated! 

Kara McIntee said...

I donated a measly amount. :(

Christy Schrecengost said...

May God bless your family for your faithfulness to Him and willingness to step out in faith for Faith.  Shared your story on fb in hopes that more people will come to your blog & support your journey.  

Christy Schrecengost said...

Donated via the chipin link

Laura Marshall said...

Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  Congratulations on you new teenager!

I donated.

Amber Forde said...

I'm so happy for you! I donated.

Amber F

Lyndsay Peterson said...

God bless you on your journey. You are an inspiration.
I just donated to your chip in. I pray Gods speed for your family to rescue Faith.
Lyndsay Peterson

Lyndsay Peterson said...

I just shared your give away on Facebook. Praying for all the funds to poor in!
Lyndsay Peterson

Amber Forde said...

I shared on Twitter.

Amber F

Debbie said...

What a wonderful cause. I have made a donation to the chip in

Sarah L said...

Adeye,
I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am for you! Our new son on the way isn't 14 or 14 pounds but it sounds like other than that our kiddos are a lot the same. Their bodies might not work but they are still made perfectly in God's image. I really wished you lived closer!

Thanks for giving me a chance to help you bring this beautiful, precious girl home! I donated and I can't wait to see God's people pull together to watch this miracle unfold.

Sarah L said...

I just posted on Facebook ;)

Becky said...

Hi! I have chipped in, wish I could give more! I love your blog and I hope Faith comes home soon!

Tammy Dziagwa said...

I'm posting on my blog RIGHT NOW!  Tammy Dziagwa dziagwax6@gmail.com

Tammy Dziagwa said...

Tammy Dziagwa-dziagwax6@gmail.com  I made a donation

Laura Marshall said...

I shared your story on Facebook.  Praying for your new little one.

Tammy Dziagwa said...

I Posted it on facebook and will be until it's completed!!  Tammy Dziagwa dziagwax6@gmail.com

Spicerfamily said...

I donated and am sharing it on facebook. Jill Spicer, who is so completely excited for you!!!!

Yance and Elaine Farney said...

This is Elaine Farney and I just shared this link on my facebook! My husband and I are praying about how much to give to help rescue this precious daughter. Thank you for your obedience to the Lord and for sharing your story! 

Jen C said...

Your journey has captured my heart.  We will be praying for expedited paperwork for you, for Faith's health and for your journey to her.  Many blessings.  (We've donated and we'll share on FB too!!)

Alison K. said...

I contributed to the Chip-In! I'm very excited to see how this journey will unfold for your family! ~Alison K.

Beth Smith said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful new daughter!!!  We will miss seeing all of you this summer at the pool, but look forward to reading about your amazing adventures.

Lesley Larson said...

I just shared this on my facebook page! I also tried donating but for some reason it wouldn't let me use my debit card.  I will try again and leave another comment if it works.  Thank you for letting us be a part of bringing your precious daughter home!
Lesley Larson

Tammy Dziagwa said...

Oh and I tweeted my blog post    Tammy dziagwa  dziagwax6@gmail.com

Stephanie Shock said...

What a beautiful thing you're doing for that little girl and for all the people who will get to know her when she comes home! I am sharing your story in as many places as possible to get the word out! 

Mamaof3oh said...

Found your blog through a facebook friend, and couldn't help but make a donation.  God bless your family!

Amanda Moline said...

I donated :) Amanda Vogel)

boommmmmmmmmmmm said...

I donated (myron vogel

Stephanie Shock said...

I donated through Project Hopeful. I hope I did it right. I chose Family in the Gap Program but put your name and cause in the comments. God bless you and your family. 

ibtorismommy said...

Donation made
Monica MacDonald

Stephanie Shock said...

I finally see where I was supposed to donate, lol. I sent more money your way :) Stephanie Shock 

ColleenW11 said...

I donated! Colleen Williams

Pippers Wristoe said...

As soon as I saw your words..."She's our daughter." I got misty eyed.
Praying for everyone involved in this rescue mission.
Donation from the Ristow7 in WI

MaryEllen said...

I've been waiting every day to see what it was that was burdening you so heavily.  Thank you for following the will of the Lord.  I came across your blog from a link that a friend posted on Facebook and have been reading it ever since.  Your life is a challenge to our family!  God has been working in our hearts as well, and although we do not know what He has in store, we have already said Yes to whatever it is!  We will pray that you can bring this little treasure home soon!  

Rebecca L said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE that you are doing this!! God bless you and your efforts! I am sharing this on facebook right now. I will also donate, but will post seperately when I have done so. LOVE LOVE LOVE your heart and your life! I wish your husband could talk to my husband about being open to adoption! Patience is not my strong suit!

Pippers Wristoe said...

Ristow7 tweeted this post.

MaryEllen said...

I also shared this post on Facebook.

Blue Henn said...

Alright, so I don't know what I can do about donating, but this post as well as the one from The Blessing of Verity (
http://theblessingofverity.com/2012/04/going-public-in-bulgaria/ ) are going up on my Facebook... Words fail, as tears fall.  

Cara Green said...

I made a donation to help bring Faith home. My name is Cara Green, but the PayPal will show my husband's name, which is Greg, or possibly our old adoption fundraiser name of "tobefruitfulandmultiply." God bless you guys. You surely have blessed me!

Cara Gree said...

I also shared this link on my facebook page. My name is Cara Green. May God bring every penny you need to get Faith home quickly!

Momraine said...

I donated, I wish it could be more. I will also be praying for you guys. 

Rebecca L said...

Shared on pinterest as well. Hope you raise this money and FAST!

Momraine said...

I shared on my facebook. Praying for you guys. 

Osborntandj said...

Hi, Adeye,
I love your blog, your heart, your courage! I shared this entry on Face Book. I hope I am doing this right, to enter the drawing, I mean. My name is Jayme Osborn. Praying about how much to donate. My heart is stirred! Many, many blessings to your family!!!!!

Holly said...

I'm sharing this my friend and will come back and donate after discussing with my hubby. I am in tears. Amazed at the love of the Father and amazed at your faith that inspires and encourages ME to trust Him MORE. Love, Holly (hollymac828@yahoo.com)

Megan Stout said...

You are an inspiration.  I shared this on Facebook.  

Catherinelhanlon said...

Adeye,
Bless you & I am privileged to help you out with the donation...
I donated

xoxo
cathy

Tami Montilone said...

I am unable to donate at this time  :(  But I did share on facebook.  I cannot wait to see this angel in your arms!!  Love to you all  :)

Best regards,
Tami Montilone

Cam said...

Just donated and I'm about to share on facebook!  Prayers that your newest little one is in your arms soon!

Brianandrachel Davis said...

Also shared on facebook!

Veronica said...

I donated.  Hope you can bring her home soon.  Veronica Osetinsky.  First initial last name @ gmail.com

Tvsorensen said...

I made a donation for you guys. tvsorensen (at) gmail (dot) com

Kylie Wikle said...

I'm Kylie Wikle and I shared on my FB. :)

Ashley Browning said...

I donated at Chip In. (Ashley Browning), but my paypal will have Info@littleluvletters.com.  I'm sorry I missed the donation time as I would have loved to have donated one of my hand stamped necklaces like once before!  Best wishes and I can't wait to see how quickly you raise the finances to go get your girl!  I'm sure it will be a matter of days!

Susan said...

Congrats on your new daughter. I am excited for your growing family! I made a donation (via Chip-In) towards your adoption.

Jami Schuler said...

AMAZING!!  God is using your family in such an inspirational way!  Thank you for listening to His voice.  I just posted on my fb account about your blog and left the link as well.  I will be donating to your chip in, but I want to talk it over with my hubby first!  I feel privileged to be able to watch you walk this journey! 

Trenda Annie said...

Donated! Annie Trenda

Brianandrachel Davis said...

Donating right now on the chipin! CONGRATULATIONS on your new treasure!!!!

Trenda Annie said...

Shared on Facebook! Annie Trenda

Ashley Browning said...

I donated at Chip In (Ashley Browning or Little Luv Letters...not sure what will show up via Paypal.)  So excited to watch the funds skyrocket over the next few days!  Can't wait to read about your journey to your girl. Best wishes!
 

Sarah said...

So excited for your family!!!  I donated and shared on Facebook.  God bless you!!  -Sarah Feaster

Samantha said...

Adeye
Wow!  I am blown away by your dedication and love for the orphan!!  Glad to be supporting you in a small way.
Much love and many prayers,
Samantha

BiglittleDays said...

Donated!  More importantly, praying! 

Kathleen Cotton said...

Adeye we are praying for you and made a donation.  Hope we can add another donation soon.  I want to help with whatever you need. 

Jaime V. said...

Shared on my Facebook, too!

Gretchen Gillette said...

Congratulations to you and your family.  She is beautiful.  I donated.  Gretchen Gillette

Gretchen Gillette said...

I also shared via facebook.
Gretchen Gillette

Hannah Stam said...

SOOO EXCITED for what our Father has in store for you in bringing this daughter home!!!! I donated....
Hannah

Amy Yoder said...

Blessing to you as you walk this journey.  Shared on Facebook...

Gregandrebekah said...

I donated. I am amazed at the love of our Savior! I will be praying for you all!
Rebekah Robinson

Gregandrebekah said...

I shared on facebook.  Rebekah Robinson

Khymas said...

I donated.  I wish I could give more!!
Karli Hymas
khymas@ gmail. com

Sheri Holthe said...

I also shared on Facebook as my status. Hopefully this will help bring more people to your site and closer to your princess!
Sheri Holthe

Julie Schramm said...

Adeye, 
I chipped in, mentioned on FaceBook,and on Twitter. My computer froze up right after I contributed. I hope this is the correct place to post this.So happy for y'all! You'll have to keep us up to date on all the happenings. I'm curious why there seems to be a rash of kids from B in this emaciated & uncared for state. You'll be in my prayers!Julie

LeataCharity said...

Donated. May God bless you!
~Ileata Lundmark

Motherof6cuties said...

My prayers for a quick homecoming for your little Faith and for the help the children left behind will need. God Bless you both.

Baylea Osborn said...

My name is Baylea Osborn. I have shared your story on twitter, google+ and on my blog because one day I know I'll have people rally around me and help me bring my children home. 

Sheri Holthe said...

I have donated to your princess. We will also be praying that she knows soon that she has someone that loves her!
Sheri Holthe

Ileata Lundmark said...

Shared on FB.

Amy Yoder said...

Just donated.  Praying for your family!

Elisabeth Ross said...

Sharing & will pray for the monies raised on time! -Elisabeth Ross

Jenna Goss said...

I have shared on FB,  so excited for Faith, and for your family!! Praising God for his mercy and grace for Faith, and for your open heart and obedience in listening to His words to you. Can't wait to hear more about Faith's journey home and how she is doing! My name is Jenna-Prather Goss, friend of Rebekah Robinson. God bless you!

Lindsay Teague said...

So happy for you and your family!! I donated :)

Lindsay Teague said...

Shared on facebook!  :)

Tiffany said...

Shared on my facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Another-Texas-Family/125541294212166

Mamadala said...

Congratulations on the new love in your life!  I'm so excited to watch her bloom and flourish with her family!  I donated today and can do more on paydays through May.  Peace and blessings to you!  Jen Sampson 

Vicki Willcock said...

I shared on Facebook!

Audrey Curran said...

I've shared your blog post on my facebook!  Thank you for social media - what a way to get the word out quickly!  Can't wait to see what God does!!

Blessings,
Audrey Curran

Tara said...

Praying for your sweet girl.  &&& I donated. 
Tara Provence

Tara said...

and i tweeted about your giveaway here https://twitter.com/#!/taraprovence/status/189747158633811968

Elissa Lindsey said...

Just shared on Facebook!

Jillianrose87 said...

Donated. Thank you for letting us be a part of your miracle

Jillianrose87 said...

Donated. Thank you for letting us be part of your miracle. Jillian rose

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