Don’t all little girls dream of becoming a mommy one day?
I clearly remember when my kindergarten teacher asked us young’uns to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up… the sky was the limit and many of the children were quite creative– robots, astronauts, dinosaurs, princesses, and even lions!
I drew myself as a mommy.
|My mom and I|
It has been almost 20 years since I drew that simple picture. And that is still this big girl’s dream.
In May 2007, my husband and I married. We had goals, ambitions, dreams… If you had asked us five years ago where we would be in five years, we would have told you still happily married…my husband would be the hard-working daddy providing for his family and I would be the stay-at-home-wife and mother of his sweet babies…
You know, in the Bible, when God speaks through Isaiah and says,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Well, 2012 marked five years for us, that still-happily-married-couple. Only we never thought that we would be where we are now. God chose to takes us down a road that starts with ‘i’ and ends with “why?”.
It’s not something most couples worry about, especially not young whipper-snappers like us. But, nonetheless, it is part of who we are and we have grown in ways we never would have if it wasn’t. God had other plans for us and those plans happen to include adoption.
Adoption. I love the way that sounds. It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
$20,000. Gulp. Growing our family through adoption isn’t cheap. That is a big number for this family. My husband is the self-employed, sole provider in our family. I am a full-time homemaker. And that number… well, it’s a lot for one young man to save by himself. So, as his help-meet, I felt compelled to help him. I prayed for opportunities to contribute to our adoption savings – God heard me. Seriously, God is so good!
One thing I have learned throughout our infertility, and now adoption, journey is that opening up and allowing others join/help you isn’t so bad after all. Pushing aside fear and pride has made for wonderful relationships and blessings. And those relationships and blessing have presented themselves in many ways…
Items donated for a successful yard sale, multiple $100 donations here and there and a simple, home business opportunity… Lilla Rose.
If you haven’t heard of Lilla Rose, you are missing out. Lilla Rose makes elegant, well-made, unique hair clips and other jewelry and accessories.
The main reason I decided to become a consultant is that I can earn money that will go directly towards our adoption fund, without interfering with my homemaking duties. Caring for my family and home is a top priority, and Lilla Rose allows me to contribute to my adoption without compromising what is most important to me.
My hope is that through this home-business, God-willing, I would be able to save up a good portion of our initial adoptions fees and gain new friends to join us on our adoption journey. What a blessing that would be!