I am moved to tears nearly every time I visit Licia's blog. She does a great job of letting us get a look into her life. I have no idea how she and her sister, Lori, do what they do. They sacrifice day in and day out to help the people that come to visit them. They experience death daily. They experience the misfortune that these children have day after day. They see the children dying from simply not having enough food to eat.
After we stuffed our faces on Thanksgiving my mom said she felt guilty for eating all that knowing that the people in Haiti and around the world won't have as much food as we consumed in one day for a whole month. Perspective.
I wish that all those peole out there that gets so consumed with the word “saving” would go and read Licia and Lori's blog. See the children dying because their familes don't want them. See the children dying because their family can't support all the kids and the two in the middle get left out. See the children dying because they have no education and have no job skills to support themselves and their four brothers after their parents died in a flood. See the children with no one.
I am learning lots of lessons throughout this adoption. I'm learning that I need to listen for people's hearts before I judge their words or actions. I'm learning that this country is a place where most people don't want to know what goes on in 3rd world countries. I'm learning that adoption is hard. I'm learning that raising a family that looks different is hard.
I have so much going on in my little bitty head that I know this post is random, speratic and probalby makes no sense. Oh well. Who cares, its my blog.
I completely understand your post!!! I agree!!! I am a blessed Mama to five children. My three youngest were born and adopted in China.
It is hard to understand poverty when in this country(U.S.) on the outside looking in we see so much “stuff”. I believe we who receive the gift of adoption receive an eye to see the world truly differently….as Licia does daily and yet, Licia most likely sees the world with a difference that you and I have yet to achieve as she is truly seeing face, hands, feet and heart of Christ shown on these children…and she in turn, I believe is being the face, hands, feet and heart of Christ to those precious children.
My family is complete, I have five children to raise, but, I draw great strength from young family’s such as yours who are courageous enough and filled with Faith to venture out into the orphanages. Your life will be forever changed. I will daily hold all who venture out to welcome in family the orphan in prayer and know with all my heart God will lead you home with your precious children.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, be blessed.
Diane…Mama to Joe, Jen, Jana Mei, Jadyn Hua and JOY Hua
it’s often hard to put into words what’s swimming around in your head… but MANY times you have helped me make sense of my jumbled thoughts and emotions on this particular subject by the honest words you’ve shared here on your blog.
i think you just hit the nail on the head… my biggest source of frustration lately has been finding that most people here don’t WANT to know what goes on in third world countries. i think that on some level of consciousness, they MUST know that with knowledge comes responsibility… but what they don’t realize is that chosing to live in ignorance of the need is not an option.
Thanks for posting what you do on your blog! It gives me perspective. Helps me to see what I have in store for the future when we do adopt. It also helps me know how to pray! Thanks for letting us into your life! Honesty and vulnerability these days is so uncommon.
Thanks for letting us journey with you even if it is through blog world! Know our hearts and prayers are with you even if we don’t comment as often!
You’re SO right! It IS your blog! 🙂
And I don’t think you are random or sporatic, either. I have LOVED reading your thoughts on life and hearing your heart, my friend. I have huge respect for you and Aaron as you guys journey through this adoption. God is using you to save a little boy’s life and also to influence people around you (and on the internet) for the better. You have inspired and challenged me to look at my own world differently! Thank you for being so faithful 🙂
you are awesome…and real…thank you
I will pray for you today as you continue to rely on His grace that is sufficient. You were born for this Jamie!! He knew you before you were formed and he knows the family that he is establishing in you and Aaron. Every time I hear you honeslty share it shows me more of the Father’s heart.
You are a precious blog sister!!
I have the same reaction when I read their blog. I had some of the same thoughts looking at the spread on Thanksgiving day.
The stirring is evident.
We must love beyond ourself.