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Pequenopie “Little Feet” July 30, 2009

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You’re a chosen child
You’re ours, but not by birth
But just the same, we feel
You’re the greatest child on earth

You’re a chosen child
Sent down from God above
Chosen to fill our home
With laughter and with love

You’re a chosen child
You’ve given us so much pleasure
Chosen above the rest
A precious, priceless treasure.
— Unknown

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Pequenopie “Little Feet” July 25, 2009

IMG_3025We have a new way for people to help with our adoption journey and to help others out at the same time.

these beautiful hand-made bracelets are crafted by men, women and children living in impoverished areas in the Philippines. Their circumstances appeared to offer little hope for a brighter future. But making these bracelets has provided a life-sustaining income for many families and has fostered a new sense of hope within their communities. Each piece you purchase helps communicate that hope and brings dignity to these families who are anxious to work so they can provide for and protect their children.

Threads of hope is the name of this ministry that aims to achieve:

1. To share the love of God with the hungry, poor and abused, by first demonstrating God’s love in practical and meaningful ways.     

2. To protect the innocence of children by providing a life-sustaining and ongoing income for families.

3. To help more families at risk by providing nutrition, medical care, education and community development with profits generated from their own labors.

4. To produce a quality product that will raise the awereness of the oppressed while connecting people from radically different economic backgrounds and cultures.

5. To provide opportunities for people moved with compassion with a fun and fulfilling outreach that will impact lives in a tangible way.

Our family is in partnership with this ministry and hope that you would also like to become a part of this too. I am honored to be able to sell their wares to help families that I will never even meet. To help children stay out of the sex slave trades, for families to have hope. By buying one bracelet not only do you support nameless faces across the world but you will be a part of helping us in our endeavor and adventure.

 

He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.   Proverbs 19:17

 

More to come Later!

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” July 24, 2009

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Adoption Prayer by Diana Gray
http://www.dianagrayministries.net/prayers/pray_adoption.html

Heavenly Father, we love you and worship your name. 
Let us come into your presence knowing that you love us
Much more than we could know in this lifetime. 
I believe, O Lord, that children are a beautiful gift of God. 
I believe that you gave us so many other people to love and be a gift to us too. 
These wonderful children give us hope for tomorrow and joy to our lives now today. 
How blessed we are that you bring so much love into our lives. 
Please help us to see your love in everyone that we look at.

Lord, you say that if we believe, you will give us what we ask for. 
Help us to desire what you know is best for us. 
It is the desire of our hearts to open up our lives to the joy of children. 
Lord, if it be your will would you fill our homes with children’s laughter and joy?
Help us to nurture and lift up a sweet little one unto you. 
Give us courage to do what is right in your eyes and guide our every step
 so that this child can come to know you as their Lord and Savior. 
Help us to always be a blessing for those you bring into our paths. 

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

More to come later!

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” July 22, 2009

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For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in, …..
The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’.
— Matthew 25:35,40

I saw an old acquaintance at the store today and was catching up on our lives’ as in the last 6 months or so.  It was really nice to see her and hear what she is up to. We both shared what our kids are doing and where she is working. I told her about our plans to adopt somewhere in that conversation and we continued to talk.

After a few minutes she was asking me if I still was a stay at home mom and I’ve told her before that I enjoy this and I am not looking for a job outside of our home, at least for the time being. Anyway, she told me some stuff about her helping me with a resume and I told her with us adopting, I still want to stay home.

I don’t judge those mother’s that work or stay home, we are all mothers. I know that at times I’ve wanted and tried to work out of our home, and for our family it didn’t work. For some it is a way for a mom to enjoy being out around adults and using her gifts. Also she enjoys coming home and spending time with her children after work. Also with the economy some of those mom’s don’t have a  choice and have to work. Some women stay home and work, some go out and work.

Why is it that there is a problem with some people that choose to stay home with their kids. Yes, it’s hard, it took us longer to buy a house, but it was our choice. I don’t look at mom’s that work in a bad way, it’s just not for me, right now.

Then she started questioning me if I have empty next syndrome, being the cause of wanting to adopt. Whether we have empty nest syndrome or not, is not the question. God showed us that orphans need love and a home. We have that, what other questions are there? I don’t have a problem with people asking why would we choose to do this, and I know it’s not for everyone. But please let’s try not to be ignorant or judgemental. Please forgive me if you think this sounds like that. I’m not trying to sound that way.

There are people that mean well and sometimes should just keep their mouth shut, if they don’t know about something. Like women that try the infertility treatments and people say maybe you shouldn’t have children at all. Or when people feel a call to adopt from another country instead of the United States. Or whatever the issue is, shouldn’t we just worry about our own back yard. I won’t live your live and you don’t have to live mine.

More to come later!

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” July 19, 2009

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I had a talk with my sister about some of the frustrations that I am encountering. With the wait and needing to come up with so much money for the cost and fees of adoption. I am also having a hard time with seeing those around me that are in the process of adoption, getting their children or almost. Even though some of them have waited years and years, and may have no other children. I can see how those women who are going through infertility, see babies everywhere. How so many every day things are directed towards children and family. Commercials, movies, shows, babies everywhere at stores and walking down the street. There is no where to hide from these feelings.

In this discussion and thinking how I feel about things, she talked about a monopoly game. Sitting in jail watching others keep on playing and you are just stuck. I thought of uno and getting the skipped and reversed card. You are ready but you have no control, you keep watching and waiting for your turn. Debbie mentioned it’s sorta like one step forward, two steps back. This happens in so much of life but I think it is a accurate explanation of how I feel.

I have been looking into selling things on our blog to help support us. I was so excited earlier this week, that I was approved to sell handmade bracelets that were made from the people in Philippines. I also put a donate button on this blog to allow people to help us, to partner with this journey. But then it can look so insurmountable and too hard to achieve.

I will continue to try and have faith. That God put this desire in our hearts and soul. I might not know or see how this is all going to work out, but it sure will be amazing.

Thanks for everyones support and prayers. I will put the bracelets on soon, so everyone can see them.

More to come Later!

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” July 15, 2009

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I have been doing a lot of surfing and checking out other adoption blogs and adoption forums. It is really interesting and exciting to see so many people in the same situation that we are and some that are further along or have their awaited child already. I found a forum that an adoptive family posted a discussion on international adoption. It was really good to see many peoples ideas and some that weren’t very positive.

This family had a family member that was trying to support them and at the same time asking why they didn’t choose to adopt from the US or foster adopt. There were many people that seemed angry and vocal about their feelings. 

What I found is there are many people that want to foster and hope to be able to adopt that child. Also that Adoption in the US is very difficult. I know a friend of the family just adopted and my sister also and had everything run quickly and with no problems. Checking out this blog ,many people found that they were willing to adopt children with minor disabilities and most of the time, they waited years with no child.

Sometimes it sound like if the social worker wants a child to stay in a certain state they can decide, that you won’t be able to adopt that child. I also heard of families wanting to adopt a older child and that child being fostered to another family and then let out of the system when they were 19 and never being adopted.

I think there are issues in the foster care system and the adoption system. Things that don’t seem right to the children in question and the families willing to love them and keep them. Is it better to have a system that has flaws and issues then no system? I think not. I wish the adoption system would just make sure a family qualifies to be a safe home and would take much of the expense out of it. Also the time these families have to wait and the children.

I don’t think it is fair for people to judge others decisions. We thought of fostering at some point and didn’t feel like it was right for us. I don’t know if I would handle the child possibly being a part of your family for a short time and then gone, out of you life. We also thought of our children, how would that affect them. I think there are some amazing people out there that God has gifted with this ability to love a child and let them go.

We also feel like God birthed something in our heart for the children in orphanages that hardly have enough food every day. That have no heat, no water, no chance. Even though it may be more money to adopt from another country, these children need to be adopted. They have no chance without loving parents taking them home.

I thank the Lord that he puts people out there to adopt from the US and from other countries. That there are also people that open their hearts and homes to foster children also. We need all of them to do what they are called too. I hope people can get past judging and just do what is right for them.

 

Total Adoptions to the United States

*NOTE:  All statistics given correspond with the U.S. Government fiscal year, which begins on October 1 and ends on September 30.  For example:  Adoption statistics for 2008 = Number of adoptions from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008. 

Fiscal Year 2008 Adoption Statistics

 

  FY 2008 FY 2007 FY 2006 FY 2005 FY 2004
1 Guatemala4,123 China5,453 China6,493 China7,906 China7,044
2 China3,909 Guatemala4,728 Guatemala4,135 Russia4,639 Russia5,865
3 Russia1,861 Russia2,310 Russia3,706 Guatemala3,783 Guatemala3,264
4 Ethiopia1,725 Ethiopia1,255 South Korea1,376 South Korea1,630 South Korea1,716
5 South Korea1,065 South Korea939 Ethiopia732 Ukraine821 Kazakhstan826
6 Vietnam751 Vietnam828 Kazakhstan587 Kazakhstan755 Ukraine723
7 Ukraine457 Ukraine606 Ukraine460 Ethiopia441 India406
8 Kazakhstan380 Kazakhstan540 Liberia353 India323 Haiti356
9 India307 India416 Colombia344 Colombia291 Ethiopia289
10 Colombia306 Liberia314 India320 Philippines271 Colombia287
11 Haiti302 Colombia310 Haiti309 Haiti234 Belarus202
12 Philippines291 Philippines265 Philippines245 Liberia183 Philippines196
13 Taiwan267 Haiti190 Taiwan187 Taiwan141 Bulgaria110
14 Liberia249 Taiwan184 Vietnam163 Mexico88 Poland102
15 Nigeria148 Mexico89 Mexico70 Poland73 Mexico89
16 Mexico103 Poland84 Poland67 Thailand72 Liberia86
17 Ghana101 Thailand67 Brazil66 Brazil66 Nepal73
18 Kyrgyzstan78 Kyrgyzstan61 Nepal66 Nigeria65 Nigeria71
19 Poland77 Brazil55 Nigeria62 Jamaica63 Brazil69
20 Thailand59 Uganda54 Thailand56 Nepal62 Thailand69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I pray the you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints,to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Eph 3:17-19

More to come later!

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” July 12, 2009

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baby feet 22Our family is brain storming some fund-raising ideas, to give family and friends a way to help us with some of the adoption fees, that we will have to pay. We are looking into having a store that people can order t-shirts and different stuff and we would make a small profit on each item bought.

We are looking into a few different ideas and would appreciate any ideas that you may have or have heard other families that are attempting to adopt also. We know that with the economy and with so many jobs lost, people are being more careful with their finances. We are also thinking of making a way to put right on this blog a way to financially support us, whenever people may have an extra few dollars, here and there.

Once we pay the intial 1st installment, the agency has a way for us to open an account where people can donate and receive a tax donation receipt to use at the end of the year. Thanks for all your support and prayers. Keep them coming!

Sometimes the distance to the end of this dream, seems so far away and out of reach. It seems like trying to hike up a mountain, you don’t see the top of it. We are realizing we just need to take one step in front of the other. One day at a time, one moment or breath at a time, litte by little and step by step. We  are on this path, for the long run. The path has turns and curves, it has small brooks and streams to cross. At some places on this path we see rocks and treacherous climbing with no trail. All in all we will trust in the Lord to guide us and show us the way, he wants us to go.

More to come later!