Did you like the idea of yesterday’s “Family Challenge” guest post by Jane Graham.  I loved it!  The links to her two blogs were incorrect yesterday…so sorry!  If you want more encouragement like that, you can find her at www.unofficialhomeschooler.com and www.girlmeetspaper.com.  I especially love her “Unofficial Homeschooler” website…(it’s not really for homeschooling moms…it’s built upon the premise that every parent is their child’s first teacher…great stuff!)

Well it’s still November…yes, I know most of us have Christmas on the brain, but we’re still in November and do you know what that means?  November is National Adoption Month!

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak at a MOPS group in Crown Point, Indiana. In honor of National Adoption Month, they shared this video called “What Adoption Means to Me” that I asked them if I could share with you.  (Click on the picture to launch the video.)

 As you may know, I’m a firm believer in adoption.  However, I wasn’t until God took our family on an unexpected journey of adoption.  Our son Kolya was 9 when he became a part of our family.  (You can read that story here.) After living the first 9 years of his life in an orphanage, today he’s a 17-year-old young man with a bright future ahead of him.

We honestly didn’t “need” another child, but there was a child who needed a family.  God showed me that adoption exists not just for the sake of building a family, but also because there are children that desperately need a family.

I follow several adoption blogs that touch my heart.

Kisses from Katie

The Blessing of Verity

Your Adoption Coach

Not everyone is called to adopt, but God tells us that we are all to take care of orphans (James 1:27). When we adopted Kolya, there were over 100 people who gave us gifts of $25, $50, or any denomination of hundreds of dollars.  One gift of several thousand dollars came from a single friend of ours.

Another friend of ours from Ukraine served as a translator when we brought our son home from Russia. Another friend assisted me with understanding the ESL (English as a Second Language) learning challenges.

All of these people helped take care of Kolya, either to bring him into our family or to help transition him into our family.

In honor of National Adoption Month, I’m giving away a copy of a brand new adoption resource called Before You Were Mine.

To be entered into the drawing for this book, leave a comment on how you have helped to care for orphans or how adoption has touched your family in some way.

Oh, and if you know someone who is adopting, could you pass this along to them?

 

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