Tomorrow Is A Gift
Boast not of tomorrow, for you know not what any day may bring forth.
~ Proverbs Ch:277 Vs:1



Many things we need can wait The child cannot. Now is the time his bones
are being formed, his blood is being made, his mind is being developed.
To him we can-not say tomorrow. His name is today.~Gabriella Minstral

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The majority of people believe adoption is a second choice, because of infertility issues. Many know adoption is expensive, therefore you must be well off. Others believe orphaned children worldwide are there for the taking, and are often surprised to hear of the difficulty and expense it entails. Raising a large family, it is often assumed we have an abundance of patience, faith and time. None of these beliefs hold true with our family, and, I'm sure, many like ours.

Adoption is not solely an option offered to couples who cannot conceive. It is not only appealing to childless couples, but large families and singles as well. It isn't about owning a minivan, large home, or padded savings account. Adoption is An Option, an alternative for building a family, and for families like ours, it's based on Christian principle, 'caring for the widows and orphans.'

As Christians we recognize God as the origin of life and the source of all we have and are. We are all given abilities and talents in varying amounts by God and should feel responsible and dedicated to using our gifts to help aid the suffering and needy of the world. 'Almsgiving' comes from the root word meaning 'mercy-giving'. It means not only the giving of our resources and recognizing and responding to the needs of others, but also is the sharing of our time, making ourselves available to others in need.

If one's work is legitimate, there is some way that talent can be used for God. We did not adopt our children out of pity but rather from the importance of 'mercy' needed in our world today. Faith IS 'uncomfortable Mercy'. It is obedience to the Lord and what he asks of each of us. It is taking that chance without knowing what is at the other end, but trusting God. It is the very strength of God. It is what took Jesus to the cross.
You don't have to be struggling with infertility and you don't have to even own a home, or have an abundance of money to offer a home to a orphaned child. Adoption is a Christian ministry. A ministry of God's mercy in us.

At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said,"Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me. ~ Matthew Ch:18 Vs:1-5




We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life.
But those who make their journey home across time & miles,
growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,
are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us
by God's very own hands. ~Author & Friend -Kristi Larson~


My new Granddaughter
Born May 2014
Meili Hua is half Chinese


Our new Granddaughter
Born July 2014
Taimah is half Pilipino


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