8.15.2012

Adopt







When I was growing up I spent six summers in Nicaragua interning for weeks a time under missionaries there. They have orphanages and feeding programs throughout the country that we would help with. We did everything from digging trenches to rocking babies to sleep. It changed my life. When you see families living in the city dump, digging through the trash for food it makes you so thankful for the life you have. 

Heading home at the end of the summer was always sad, as I always left a piece of my heart with those babies who didn't have a mom. I knew then that one day when I got married I would adopt a child if not multiple children. In 2005, after a year of dating Matt, he came along with me to Nicaragua and spent 3 weeks. Seeing him loving on the children made me fall more in love with him. He had a heart for them like me. We talked a lot about adopting even before we got married. Now that we are coming up on our 5 year wedding anniversary, it's still something we know we will do someday. I've never dreamed of being just a mom to my biological children. I picture our family with little babies from different ethnicities. I may not be able to help them all, but I can help a few.

In the last few pictures, I want you to meet Jenny. She is probably 10 years old now, and I have no idea where she is. Hopefully she has a loving family now, but most likely she is still in an orphanage in Managua. I fell in love with this little girl when I met her as a baby, and saw her grow from year to year on my summer visits. The last time I was there, you could begin to see the effects of her being an orphan. She would sit and rock back and forth to soothe herself, like a mother would her baby. It broke my heart. She is the reason my heart is so big for those children. I will adopt to be a mom to an orphan like Jenny always needed. 

If you ever have the opportunity to travel to a third world country, or help out the poverty stricken families in your town, do it. It's amazing how your thoughts on life can change when you help others in need.

xoxo


13 comments:

  1. so beautiful and inspiring. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest trend report and my big news about my Lauren Conrad guest post. xo

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  2. the kids are amazingly cute! I hope I can help in some donations too one day.my sister did donation to third country too..and i'm really proud of her.

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    1. That's awesome that your sister did that!

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  3. Love this! It doesn't seem that long ago that you and Matt went but looking at these pics I realize we've all grown so much since then. :-)

    Daniel and I have considered the option of adopting a lot more lately. Your heart for those sweet kids always inspire me. :-)

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    1. We have grown so much since then. We looked so young in those pictures! Thanks Zaina :)

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  4. I actually don;t have a lot of personal experience with children without parents, but I've always had a desire to adopt. Thanks for sharing these images and your experiences.

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    1. Adoption is amazing. Imagine if every person just adopted 1. We could change the world :)

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  5. thank you for spreading the word of love. this post is so beautiful! and what an experience to be able to visit Nicaragua so many times!
    xo TJ

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  6. Hi! Just found your blog today, and sure enjoyed my visit here. Such beautiful, yet sad pictures, of such beautiful people.- The work you have done amongst them is truly wonderful.- Also loved your pics of the arboretum (we live in VA - right next door!), and your sangria recipe? Sounds divine! So nice to meet you :-)

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    1. So glad you found my blog Kristin! You are right next door :) Nice to meet you.

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  7. Adoption is an amazing journey- our family is learning this amazement daily! What a well written post on your heart for adoption! Wouldn't it be awesome if everyone took just a little time each week to visit those in affliction instead of judge? Whether it be to visit somewhere in their local town or go on a foreign mission trip. We are blessed beyond measure and that blessing should overflow to those in need!
    James 1:27

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