December 1, 2009

All I Want for Christmas

I've seen this theme going around the blogosphere recently. And my husband, mom and MIL are all asking me for Christmas lists. Usually this is no problem. I keep a file on my computer of both gift ideas for SoldierMan and gift ideas for me.

This year, things are a bit different.

All along I knew we weren't going to have a "big Christmas" like we have before (SoldierMan isn't into birthdays much, but he goes all out for Christmas...especially for me) because we'd be living in my parents' house on E-4 pay and needing to save money for the eventual PCS to who-knows-where. So I thought, "well, I'll just ask for small stuff that I won't have to know, like my dream of all dreams purse that I've been wanting for a year now so badly that when I finally got the chance to buy it because it was 75% off and the store was sold out, I cried."

But now, I don't know, I have a restlesness in my spirit every time someone asks, "What do you want for Christmas?"

It sounds so cheesy, but whenever I think about it, all I can think of are the little ones in the world who, when asked what they would want for Christmas, would say, "A family."

Some people are trying to make that wish come true. See here (In fact, they just got some SUPER exciting news yesterday!). Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Check my list on the right sidebar for more.

Some of these I've told you about. But all of them have had a huge impact on me. Some adopt through their local foster care system. Some adopt internationally. Some are special needs. All are beautiful pictures of God's love for us, "for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved." (Eph. 1:4-6)

So, today my BBs, I'm going to ask YOU for something for Christmas. Go to those sites, and pray over them, for their paperwork to go through without a hitch, for funding to come in, for instant attachment, and for harmony in their homes.

And while you're there, see if you can't help those currently going through the process with their fundraising. The average international adoption can cost anywhere from $20,000-$30,000!! Some of these blogs have stores, some have other fundraisers, some just have Paypal donation accounts. But I've been following these families for a long time now, so I can vouch that any monies they receive will go directly towards bringing a child out of poverty and abandonment and into a loving home that so desperately wants them!

However, if any of you are so moved to get my that purse, I won't refuse it! ;)


  1. You are such an inspiration - You have the most amazing heart, I hope you know that.

  2. Sorry about the purse! That stinks. :(

    My heart has been so heavy for orphans/foster children lately too. Your post was beautiful!


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