June 6, 2012

yes, we are!

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 
“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ”
And I said,  
“Here am I. Send me!”  
Isaiah 6:8

Following the LORD with reckless abandon truly is such an amazing adventure.  Committing to bringing sweet Hasya home was such a joy. God deciding that it was time to grow our family through the blessing of adoption once again was embraced with much excitement and anticipation in our family. I cannot even begin to tell you how much we already adore that little girl whom we have not even met yet.

But there's more. God was not done with us. Little did we know that He would begin to stir our hearts for something which didn't quite make sense in the beginning.  The only thing we knew was that no matter where the Lord was leading us, our answer would be yes and Amen--no matter what!

We put our yes on the table.

"Whatever, God!" is what we always tell the Lord. We only want His perfect will for our lives.

It goes without saying that our hearts have totally been broken for the orphans who call Pleven (Hasya's orphanage) their home.  You cannot see the pictures and read the stories that are being shared by other parents who have adopted from that place and not have your heart be challenged.  When that still, small voice started beckoning us once again, we wondered what it all meant. 

Pleven?

We prayed.

We waited.

We knew the Father would absolutely show us the way.  He always does.

With all the recent media attention Pleven has been getting (which is a GOOD thing), we began to watch God's redemptive plan for the children in that orphanage begin to unfold. Children who are available for adoption are finding families.  God has been doing something awesome through His people.  Funds continue to be raised and sent for medical supplies and additional staff for this orphanage.  Though there is still so much to be done, the army of God has been mobilized to get involved and mountains definitely are moving! Hallelujah!

One night I sat at my computer looking through lists of waiting children in Bulgaria--praying that ALL would be chosen. I began to ache for the children I have seen for months and months...waiting, waiting, waiting.  A desperate sadness overcame me.  I felt devastated for the children who are going unnoticed--the ones who languish in similar heinous places and know nothing but a miserable life inside the confines of a crib.

God began to stir my heart.  I knew then that He was going to lead us differently to what we originally thought. 

The next day my friend Shelley sent me a picture.  I knew the child.  He was one whom I had seen wait for ages to be noticed, to be claimed as someone's precious son.  Shelley told me that he had been available for adoption for a very, very long time, but sadly, had never been chosen.  His file had been returned to Bulgaria.

But God!  By the grace of a loving and merciful God this little lovie had been given a second chance at being FOUND!  His file was back and he was once again available.

I read the words "adult mental institution" with a lump in my throat.  He had already been transferred from a baby house to a mental asylum. If you have followed my blog for a while, you too know what that means!

Oh, God in heaven!

I found out that he is in a very, very rough place.  It's a dark place where children suffer at the hands of people and the unthinkable conditions they are forced to live in. It's a place where children scrounge for food off the filthy floor and develop a survival of the fittest mentality. We realized the urgency of this sweet boy being rescued. 

Anthony and I prayed and sought the Father with all of our hearts.

A few days later a text came from my husband.

"Honey, we cannot leave him there!"

No, absolutely we cannot!

What an absolute joy and delight it is for us to introduce you all to our new son....our very first adopted son. "Drew" (still to be named) is eight years old.  He's a teeny little guy, weighing in at 27 pounds.  We are beyond thrilled that the LORD has chosen to bless our family with one more treasure with perfect designer genes.  "Drew" has Down syndrome.  He is extremely delayed in all areas of his life and is still unable to walk.  Drew spends his days in the confines of a crib.

But all that is about to change.

We have two pictures.  Both are very old.  We have no idea what he looks like now.  But that's okay.  


And so we will travel to two different orphanages to adopt our children.  We know that this little boy has been hand-picked by the Almighty Father for our family.  What a JOY he will be! 

Hang in there, precious son. You are NOT forsaken.  God loves you and He has made a way for you to be rescued!  You have finally been chosen!

How blessed we feel.  Nine sharp arrows in our quiver!

What did we ever do to deserve this life that the Father has chosen for us?

With a heart overflowing with thankfulness today.  He is mighty to save the orphan!


97 comments:

Rebecca said...

Awesome news! Many prayers for Drew and Hasya to get home ASAP!!!
Blessings,
Rebecca

Megan said...

EEEEEEEK! SOOOOOOOO exciting! Praying for these little ones and for your whole family as you transition! Blessings!

jade said...

This is SO thrilling! I am SO excited for you ALL!!!!!!

Lorraine, AKA Forever Blessed said...

Oh, Adeye, I am so thrilled for your family. No words to express the myriad of thoughts. Just praise to our Father. Love y'all!

Anne said...

Oh my....I follow your blog and pray for your family....just last night I was thinking that you needed an adopted son....and here you go...perhaps another sign...bless you all

Lauren said...

Congratulations! He is beautiful.

Brooke said...

Praising Him with you!

Brooke
www.MarvelousLoveBlog.com

Monique Raymond said...

How wonderful!!!!  I cannot wait to see the beauty God will work in their lives and yours. 

Kara said...

OH!!! I am so happy for you!! <3 

Courtenaymomma said...

Woohoo!! We are so excited for you guys! We are blessed that you are answering the fathers call. We will be praying praying praying for you, definitely! Huge love!! Courtenay

Ashleelinnea said...

Adeye. You my friend are not a fan of Jesus. Nope. You are a fully committed follower of Jesus. I wish more people would open their eyes and hearts and understand God gave up everything so we could live. ow will we spend the live He sacrificed for? You are spending it right. I love you Adeye! I love you and your husband's hearts.

Be blessed
Ashlee

Tday said...

Oh wow! I had a feeling I would be reading a post like this after seeing your "Nine" post from earlier!! What a blessing! You are such an inspiration. Praying for quick and seamless process to bring these 2 amazing children home! Take care!!

Vertical Mom said...

OMW!  I was really confused by the "nine" post since I only counted eight but now I know!  This is amazing!

Anna said...

I am so, SO happy for you and Hasya and Drew! Praying for a quick journey...

Bethany Barthel said...

Blessings on you and your family, Adeye. We keep you constantly in our prayers. Congratulations on your new son!

Dardi said...

I saw the title of your post & got all excited...I just knew!!  Many congratulations to your family.  What a blessing it will be to witness these 2 children become part of a family...your family!!

Lisette Winner said...

Oh my, so happy for your guys, and for sweet, little Drew! Crying as I read this, praise God! What a blessing that this little guy is coming HOME!

Makenzie said...

Chills!!! Congratulations!! He sure is a cutie and I cannot WAIT to see the transformations that he and Hasya will experience when God places them I your family!!!

ChinaMama said...

He is so precious!  Congratulations!  I'm so excited to see your family grow by two more.  Praise Jesus from whom all blessing flow that these precious children will know the love of the Father through their mama and daddy!

Monica said...

Thank you Adeye! I have been reading your blog posts in the last few weeks as we are completing our homestudy for a Ukrainian child Lord willing..Thank you for sharing your heart and advocating. God has changed my life through your obedience..May God continue to pour his favor on you!!!!

Keekee said...

God is GOOD!

Memaw0725 said...

I am amazed. You folks are such a testimony. Your post made me smile & cry. You are such a blessing. Love ya'll!

Summer said...

Crying some serious HAPPY TEARS!!!!  Your new son is so BEAUTIFUL!!!!!  You indeed are so very BLESSED!!!!  PRAISE JESUS - Drew has been CHOSEN!!!!!

Debrah said...

Congratulations!!! Drew is beautiful! Yes, he is! And HE is such an awesome God, isn't He?

Becky said...

Each of those arrows are remarkable.  Praying that this one will grow up strong and straight.  Able to be shot out into the world to hit whatever mark God has for him to hit - right in the middle of God's target.......

The McEacherns said...

Beautiful! The "Nine" post made me think you'd soon be announcing another child soon. Love how God is working in your family!

Hansina said...

What a love he is! Another blessing from the Lord!

Janine said...

My friend! My heart is just leaping for you guys right now. Praising God with an overflowing heart of joy. Sending you ALL OF my love. 

Maisie said...

Amazing!! Congratulations!! 

Teresa said...

I have just recently found your blog.  What an amazing family you are!  Can't wait to read about the homecoming of your two newest arrows!

Emily said...

I am so excited for you guys!! What an exciting journey the Lord is leading you on. I will be praying for Hasya and "Drew", and that you and Anthony will have them in your arms soon. These sweet babies so deserve your loving home.

Mandy Rhodes said...

We recently brought home our son, who waited on the list in Bulgaria for 5 years. A very long time to wait. He's been home for 5 days and he's beginning to blossom, already. His laughs and smiles are the best. I can't imagine how he went unnoticed for 7 years. I do know we're blessed to be his parents. I'll continue to pray for your family as you take this incredible adventure. Blessings!

Sarah said...

How wonderful....such a handsome boy!!!

Julstrasser said...

Congrats to one awesome family growing even more awesome one little soul at a time!!  Now go get 'em :)  Can't wait to see that transformation of love, family, and more love!!  Super excited for you all and can't wait to follow along your journey...

jamieangiejacob said...

One more beautiful child coming home.  Amen!

Lindsey Elliott said...

Your love for the Lord and desire to follow his lead brings me to tears. To see the amazing ways He has worked through you and your husband is completely amazing and inspiring. Congratulations on your new son!

Kim Seitzinger said...

The suspense was killing me!  Overjoyed with happiness for all of you!

Cheri said...

Crying, friend. Crying. God has you covered!

Charisa said...

 AHH! Congrats Adeye. I am so blessed by your faith and willing to say Yes to anything God has in store! Praying quick everything for all the stages of adoption!

Shassoldt said...

AWESOME!  I am so happy for you, and he is adorable!!! Congratulations.

Jennifer said...

Praise God! That is WONDERFUL news!!!! I love your families willingness to jump when God says "Go!". :) Love, love, love!!! Congrats!

Amy Joss said...

Praise God!  I remember his little face.  Thank you for being faithful to His calling!

Becky said...

What a blessing and joy.  Thank you for standing up for these children and being the hands and feet of God in theirs and many other's lives.

Milena said...

:-) I just smile and don't find words.

Amy Joss said...

Praise God!  I remember his little face.  Thank you for being faithful to His calling!

JD said...

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!!  So grateful, so excited, for you, your family, and this precious son!

Cammy Lockwood said...

Congratulations!!!!

Blockamy said...

You know, I cannot even get through one of your posts without TOTAL GOD CHILLS. Oh I just want to jump up and down and scream THIS IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT!!!! Lord please help us to SEE that!!! Thank you for ONCE AGAIN saying YES! Thank you for who you are and for challenging me to look at MY life and know I can do more. YOU are beautiful my friend to the very core!

Jane said...

Congratulations!! A new son. Amazing! I'll pray for you and your awesome family, including your new children.

Jenniferarmbruster said...

Praise the Lord!  Congratulations!

Loving the Mommy Life said...

You know I'm thrilled for him and for you!!

Stacey said...

So happy for your family! He is wonderful!

Sue Mayer said...

Wow, what a wonderful blessing for him and your family!  God is good!

Kat said...

I am crying with joy.  Some of the words you have used are EXACTLY how I am feeling right now.  I feel convicted as I advocate for some precious ones in Eastern Europe.  Now I'm praying...praying that God shows us if two little ones that are lodged in my heart are our children.  One faces an institution next year....sigh.  We are rejoicing with you!!!!!

Holly said...

Awesomest news ever!  I'm laughing the too-good-to-be-true laugh over here.  What joy! 

Amy P. said...

Your blog makes me cry, laugh, and cheer all at the same time!!  I'm so thrilled to hear this wonderful news!  Congratulations!!! 

Lydia Rosencrants said...

So happy for your family, Adeye!

Sarah R. said...

Praise the Lord! 

ForgottenSawRanch said...

Oh, Adeye, I am so thrilled for your family.  Words cannot express the myriad of thoughts running through my mind.  Just praise for our Father.  Hallelujah!!!

Rebecca said...

Oh joy! Blessed, blessed joy!
Congratulations!!!

Beth in Atlanta said...

That is so wonderful.   So, are you funded for Drew?  If not, where is the chip in so that we can contribute?

Gretchenmill said...

Oh what a joy! This IS the day the Lord has made! Congrats on your newest beautiful child! Oh how my heart aches for those other children. We miss you here in Richmond! Katherine and I were chatting the other day and just speaking your name made me want to cry! I know the Father had to bring you home to CO, but boy I wish I was going to meet your newest additions and see the other olives as well. They are so amazing! Hugs from us...prayers and thoughts always. So
Gretchen

Carmen said...

He is beautiful! I'm so happy for you guys. 

Karly Jaco said...

AWESOME!!!

Carmen said...

Adeye, I just re-read a post about Haven, and the way that she copes with stress and fear differently than other kids. It reminded me about Bryan Post's books. Have you read those? There is one called "Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control." Obviously you guys are not disciplining Haven for severe behaviours, but there is a lot in those books about absolving fears and helping children to recognize their subconscious fears in order to move past them. He proposes very simple, very caring and loving communication techniques. Bryan also does private consulting. I just though I'd give you a head's up. 

Annie said...

Oh my dear wonderful Adeye!!!!!!!  May the Lord continue to richly bless you and your precious family!!!!! You are inspiring and I will be praying for your TWO newest blessings!!!!!

k8 said...

The other day I was working with a group of extremely high needs little guys in a class. I got the pleasure of working with one non verbal little guy about 6.  As I held telling him what a wonderful little man he was there was drool all down my arm and due to his lack of muscle tone I got wacked in the face with his "stimming chew toy" and I had to smile. Imperfectly perfect...but aren't we all?  People like you and others see past the drool,the twitching arms, the stims and what many see kids should look and act like and you just act.  Keep spreading the facts of how amazing  all kids are.  What they can be just given a chance....and the drool wipes off and after a while you get quick to duck objects or limbs flailed at your head ;-) 

Meredith LaGorga said...

Oh my heavens! I wondered what your last post meant... I figured it was something awesome. I am so thrilled by what God is doing in your family and so blessed by your faithfulness.

Anthonypaula Martinez said...

Adeye, I read your blog at least once a week. I would love to adopt a orphan with down syndrome. I pray that my husband will feel the same one day. Please pray for my family that we can adopt one day soon. Your family is special.

Anthonypaula Martinez said...

I keep praying that my husband will feel the same way as myself. i would love to adopt an orphan with down syndrome. Please pray for my family that we will be blessed to adopt. 

Shannon said...

Wow, Adeye... 
We've been home 8 months with our 2 from Ukraine,... and just had a little girl 7 weeks ago, which makes 6 total for our family.  The only special needs among our kiddos is HIV and FAS.  And I feel like I am running a marathon daily, barely making it through breakfast lunch and dinner.  {I guess it might have something to do with all 6 of my kids being ages 6 and under}.  But you always seem to have joy and energy, and embrace the challenges that come along with the blessings the Lord is adding to you.  I'm so glad He has given you such strength - His strength.  I hope one day soon I can do a better job of rising to the challenges with a smile on my face, instead of just barely hanging on for the chaotic ride each day. :)  Any advice you want to share with a weary mama?
Bless you guys... the Lord definitely has His hand on your family.
Oh, and congratulations!  I rejoice that these two children will be rescued and there is no doubt they will be mightily loved!

nogreaterjoymom said...

 AMEN!  Thank you, Becky.

nogreaterjoymom said...

 Thank you, Carmen.  I will definitely look into it. 

nogreaterjoymom said...

 MISS all the Millers this summer :(  It's just not the same.

Carol said...

Congratulations!!! I was so thrilled to see Drew on MFFM page and am now even more delighted knowing who his family is. His face was very familiar to me, as I often look through the many older boys in Bulgaria who have been waiting so long. What a treasure he will be in your family. So happy for you!

Susanna said...

Oh, I remember this little boy, too!  How wonderful to know he's going into your family, Adeye!  Just so thankful!!!

Benmelhartman HappyHartmanFarm said...

So Happy, Crying... He`s beautiful...!!! 

Angie said...

He is so beautiful.  Congratulations on your new addition- your story continues to inspire and amaze.  Your faith and trust in God's will touches my heart and makes me want to do better.

cinderellamommy said...

God is Awesome and writes the very best life stories for His children, doesn't He? Congratulations!

kimi said...

A HUGE congratulations to you and your family and little Drew.  No, of course you couldn't leave him there!  I'm so glad that you are bringing him home.

julie.o said...

You and Anthony are so amazing - there are no words to express what beautiful examples you are to the world.  I've been following your blog for about 5-6 months now and have found myself looking through pictures of the children on Reece's Rainbow asking God to keep our hearts open.  I'm expecting my 5th child tomorrow, and our 4th child has Ds, so we know the joy of having a child a with special needs.  I will pray for you both as you travel across the globe to bring home your sweet children, and will be following your blog closely for all updates related to their adoption.  Thank you for sharing this wonderful news with us!!

nogreaterjoymom said...

 Yes, He sure does write the best stories EVER, my friend.

Greater Gifts said...

Oh, my!  I am speechless, humbled and amazed.  Your obedience to the Father is beautiful. Some people may call is radical.  I call it essential.  May we all prayerfully go where the Lord is leading us; He has only the best for us.

CFamily said...

Amazing!  Both you and your husband for running with God's will.  I have tears in my eyes reading your husband's yes to God.  "We cannot leave him there."  How beautiful.

Julie Foreman said...

Once again...  simply, WOW!  God is working wonders through you and Anthony.  Let the children be rescued and the world see how good HE is!

Rebecca Gibson said...

If I missed the answer to this question I apolgize, but I was also wondering if you are fully funded for your son or if we can help in any way?

nogreaterjoymom said...

Hi Rebecca,

I cannot even tell you how much it means to us that you are willing to help out.  It costs very little to add an additional child to a Bulgarian adoption, so we are fine financially!  Praise the Lord. 

Thank you SO much for asking.

sarah napier said...

Oh Adeye how wonderful! I am so happy for you.

Jane George said...

crying crying crying!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jane George said...

just so thrilled xxx

Jennifer said...

Congratulations for embracing a boy! So many ache for daughters and yet our hearts have always believed that God would be faithful to us and bring us a son to love in the death of our two.  He is priceless!  Blessings to your family!

Donna said...

Congrats on another little treasure! What a pleasure I have to watch him blossom in your loving arms! Praying all the paper process goes smooth!
Hugs
Donna

Larita said...

So thrilled for you and your kiddos! God is so very good!

Wendy said...

What an amazing blog.  How do you go about adopting?  I am 47 and my husband is 41.  We have two grown boys who are out of the house and have been talking about adopting for quite awhile now.  We have prayed for God to lead us but haven't really been putting it on the front of our priority list.  I am ashamed to say we have let family sicknesses and other things get in the way of hearing the Lord speak.  I would love to talk to or blog with someone on this matter.  Thanks so much!!  Wendy

nogreaterjoymom said...

Hi, Wendy.

You can contact me at nogreaterjoymom@gmail.com.  I am more than happy to help!

Londa said...

Congratulations to you and your precious family!! I am so thankful for your faithfulness to God. I know what an honor and priviledge it is to be used by Him, to get to be apart of the good He is doing in the world. Although not always easy He is faithful and His ways are always so much more than we could ever hope or imagine. Rejoicing with you!!

Katiegordon01 said...

Just throwing my two cents in - HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend that book - please get it and devour it! I'm a social worker/therapist in Michigan and I think this book should be read by EVERY parent in the world. I think it applies to ALL children - and ALL people. Good stuff! All about love and safety and compassion. :-)