I wanted to post a follow up to my last post. One of the questions I mentioned but did not address in the last post was "Why are we going overseas to adopt?". When I start talking about Down syndrome or adoption or Madalyn, I can easily go on and on and get distracted....happens alot actually. ;)
Anyway, I don't want to repeat myself here, and most people that know us do know why we are doing this. So I am going to include a couple links from some other blogs that have just really had a huge impact on us and our decision to adopt these 2 precious little ones. This first link was actually the inspiration for us to begin the process when we did. We had been praying about what we needed to do, and this post really just spoke very loudly to us, and we were hooked! :) This is written by a mom who has 6 children, 4 of whom have Down syndrome, 3 of whom are by birth, 3 of them are adopted, both internationally or domestically. (That is a little confusing, I know, but you will just have to go check out her blog to figure it out.) She does tons of work (voluntarily) for Reece's Rainbow and is just an amazing person! So please read her post to see what inspired us to take our leap of faith!
I would also like to include this next link. It is from the same blog, but it is a wonderful article advocating for orphans. And the word "orphans", includes children both overseas and domestic.
I just have to put in a plug here for the children here in the U.S.A. that are in need of families. too. Our family has been a foster family since 2002, and though we are now adopting internationally because we feel that is God's calling for us right now, there are children right here in our own country that need homes, as well! There are over 500,000 children in foster care in this country. The majority of them, most likely, are not as in dire need for a family RIGHT NOW, as some of the little ones in these orphanages, but some ARE! Maybe it is not because of complete neglect, lack of food or medical care, or being shipped off to mental institution they cannot be adopted out of, but more likely it is emotional care, permanency, a family who will love them forever... Whatever the difference, they are still orphans and God calls us to care for them!
Anyway, here's the link. And if you look at the picture under #3, that is an old picture of our little Arianna. It is a telling picture.... we love her so much already and we just need to get there and bring her home!!!!!!!!!!
Not to overload you, but I just had to add this other link. This one talks a little about what happens when these little ones turn 4 years old and are not being adopted. Read that again...... 4 YEARS OLD. They are so little. I just cannot imagine. It breaks my heart....