Friday, February 20, 2009
The Journey Begins Here
Six months ago our friends from church informed us that they were adopting a sweet baby girl from Eastern Europe. At first when we were asked about going on this journey with them we hesitated. You see, we had gone down this road before. We have adopted 3 children from San Antonio's foster care system. I guess at this time we only thought of our fears and whether or not we could possibly adopt more children when we already had so many. We had so many questions..... Could we handle it? How would our other children react? Is it fair to them to bring more children into our house?
After thinking about this for some time we were approached again. This time our friends had pictures of their sweet baby. This made it so real for us. Now however, there was a new story. The child they were adopting had a roommate at the orphanage named Elisa who was at risk of being sent away to an institute if she did not find a home soon. You see, Elisa and the others in her orphanage have Down Syndrome and if they are not adopted, they get sent away....... no medical attention, no one to hold them, and no one to LOVE them. They are sent away with NO HOPE.
I can't explain the first moment we saw her. It was as if she had become our child at that moment. It was really no different from seeing your own child being born at the hospital. The only difference is when we reached out to hold her, she was so far away.
Our hearts melted as we committed to adopt her right away. We never thought of the amount of money to be raised, or how it would be done. We knew God would provide for this. We never thought again about having too many children even though EVERYONE tells us we do. Again, we knew if this was God's will, it would be done. As we started to look at more of Elisa's pictures we found another darling baby girl who we fell in love with. So yes, we are adopting 2 baby girls from Eastern Europe...... both with Down Syndrome. Within the next six months, we will have 9 kids under the age of 11 in our home.
To many people we are crazy, and not the typical family. However, we know that what we're doing is right, and that this is God's plan for us. We feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to adopt again. We are a large family, but we are a happy family, and most of all,,,,,, a family full of LOVE. This journey will be long and hard, it will be expensive and there will be sacrifices, but it's all worth it. Thanks for reading this and joining us in our new adoption journey.
Posted by Leah and Tony Beasley at 8:07 PM