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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Why India?

First I'll start with a great quote I read yesterday on the blog Storing Up Treasures..

"There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child - and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own." ~Robert Brault

I've been meaning to sit down and write this post for a while, but time just got away from me.  Boy isn't that the story of my life?!?!?! 

Why India?  It's a question we get a lot, but one we really don't mind.  It's a valid question for sure.  To be quite honest with you, we do not feel like we chose India, but more like India was chosen for us.  It was never something we officially sat down and thought through, it just happened.  We had been talking and praying about if we should adopt from the US or Internationally, and that we would know when the time was right, but we were really not sure how we felt.  There are SO many kiddos here in the US that need families, and of course, there is much more support and assistance if you adopt a child from the US, but we also knew kids were hurting and needing families worldwide.  Then we heard about Ramya and we just could not get her out of our minds.  The fact that she was sick simply because they did not have clean caths for her really spoke to us.  Yes, there are many, many, many kids here in the US that needed families, but those kids, at the very least, get adequate medical care, even if they never find a family (which is hearbreaking).  We felt we could do the most good by helping a child get the medical care they needed to survive.  That is not said to down-play in any way those who do choose to adopt from the US, as we feel that is completely amazing and important (and who knows, we may decide to do so as well some time in the future ;)).  We just personally felt convicted to adopt Internationally at this point in time.  And, of course, Ramya and Manasa are in India and we meet the qualifications for India, so things just seemed to line up for us there.  We are still fairly early in the adoption process, and honestly, anything could change at any time, but we do feel God brought us to India, or maybe India to us, and we feel strongly that is where we are supposed to be right now. So that's our story and we're sticking to it!

For those of you praying with us through our journey, please continue to pray that God will make it VERY clear which child we are to adopt.  Pray that He works out the details and that we get to bring our child home as quickly as possible.  Pray for the medical and emotional aspects of bringing a child home from an orphanage, and all that it will entail

Thank you for supporting us on our journey!


Gretchen said...

Great post and glimps into your heart Jamie! It is good when God shows us so clearly his path for us :)

On a side note... did you get the link for the bracelets? I would love to start promoting them if you are a go on this project... :)

Jamie said...

No, I didn't see it, I'll message you :)

Jill said...

You guys are doing such a beautiful thing. Nothing but admiration from us here!