Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bloom

I should have done this long ago, but have literally NO excuse for it not appearing until now…

My amazing friends Amy and Elizabeth have embarked on one of the hardest journey’s a woman can take – they are finding the children of their hearts through adoption.

Amy and her husband Mark as well as their three wonderful children opted for a foreign adoption and found beautiful Mina in China. Amy’s story about knowing Mina was the child God intended for her family is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever heard…it still gives me goose bumps.

Elizabeth and her husband Joey opted for domestic adoption in a wonderful program that allows the mother to choose the family she feels is best for the child. E & J have also received confirmation of a child from God and are anxiously awaiting the birth. If you ever met these two people, you would surely agree with me that these two people were MADE for having children in their home! They have a love for children that is truly astounding.

In both cases, these women have exhibited a tremendous amount of courage and faith in God. I believe that both families will be blessed beyond measure for their obedience to God's call on their lives to adopt and for walking what has been a difficult road for both of them.

During their adoption processes, each of them found the same startling fact about adoption – its terribly expensive and can be tremendously prohibitive to potentially loving parents. The startling reality in our world is that children go homeless and hungry every day – in part due to the birth parents lack of ability to provide for their children, the birth parents reluctance to give up their children to adoption, and in part due to the fact that potentially safe and loving homes are not economically positioned to pay thousands of dollars in one lump sum to complete the adoption process.

As each of these families traveled on their journey to their children, they realized that there just are not enough resources to go around to help potential adoptive families meet the financial burden. So, Elizabeth and Joey, along with Amy and some other wonderful friends have launched The Bloom Project .

The Bloom Project seeks to raise awareness and support for adoption. They want to promote a culture where adoption is encouraged and supported. There are just too many children out there in need of loving, supportive, safe and secure homes and not enough willing adoptive parents who are able to afford the expensive process.

The Bloom Project is sponsoring a charity golf tournament on April 21. The tournaments proceeds as well as any donations received will benefit adoptive families by defraying the cost of adoption and will also contribute to specific orphanages for the care of the children.

If you’d like to play, sponsor or donate to this amazing project, click on the link above and check out the site.

Blessings and Peace, everyone!

1 comment:

Gina said...

What an incredible cause. It is astonishing that something that is so beneficial to children and families is as expensive as it is. Jay is absolutely adorable in his suit! He's such a big boy.