Earlier this year, Mike and I were really prayerfully considering the family history of our future child as our home study wound down. For those of you who haven't had to fill out that yes, no, will consider form, it can be a brutally soul searching process.
Right about that time, a member of our church named Kathy went up to Mike one Sunday morning and introduced herself to him. Kathy and her husband live behind Mike's best friend from childhood Frank and his wife Emily. She knew a little about us through them and felt led to share her story. You can read more at Kathy's blog so I won't spoil the story but I'm not sure she'll ever know what an encouragement and blessing she was that day to Mike. They sat in the foyer of the church and talked the entire service.
Not too long after that, after talks with family, talks with the pastor, talks with each other, and talks with Autumn (you get the idea--lots of talking) we finished the form. There are almost zero no boxes checked on that family history form. This isn't the answer for everyone but we're pretty much open to whatever baby God chooses to send our way.
Anyway, I tell that story because Kathy and her husband are stepping out in faith in the coming weeks--well, everything about their journey has been a step of faith but you know what I mean! They are trying to raise the $10,000 needed to travel to China to bring home two daughters before December 12. They are asking people to donate $10 for the 10 days of their travel, only $1 a day. Please visit their site and consider donating. I know times are tough and there are so many needs so if you aren't in a position to give, please pray! Kathy was such an encouragement to us that I hope I can send some encouragement to her family!