Pat Roberson recently spoke out against international adoption. His words stung and I remember angrily asking God where is the Christian leader speaking out the truth and I felt his gentle prompting, “You are a Christian leader and you have a voice.” So here goes. When we adopted our son, we did it for two reasons: to give a home, family, and a future to a little boy that had none; and to have a little boy because we so wanted one in our lives. When we went to the orphanage, I remember the hungry arms of other children reaching out to us hoping that we had come for them and that they too were going to be loved. We came for Nate. The orphanage gave us a cake that we didn’t have time to eat and among the toys we brought for the orphans was a toy airplane that Nathan would not let go of for dear life. Only God would place him in a family where his Dad works/lives on an Air Force Base and his Mommy bakes the best cakes in the world. In only a few days he called out to me “Ba” (Dad). Before I could comprehend the word, he knew, he offered his little heart to me. He imitated everything I did. That first night we had him, he fell asleep on my chest, safe in my arms—knowing he was home. It has been suggested by some, that we shouldn’t take in orphans because we don’t know what’s been done to them, what abuse they’ve suffered, what maladies they have endured, what pain they bring with them. Indeed—they bring all of these and that is exactly why we as Christians should adopt. We have homes, and means, and hope. Can we honestly say we are Christians if we turn a blind eye to the widow and the orphan? We have been called to live differently than the world around us. Our lives are not our own. May God break you hearts for the things that break his. May you be moved to share your lives and have the privilege of adoption. For it is the purest picture of God’s love you will ever see this side of heaven.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Life has been busy. The kids and Val have moved from Guam and are staying with her parents for a few weeks until Dave finishes up next week and joins them. We have had trajedy strike our family and we returned early for Phil's funeral. Here is one of my favorite pictures. Nate was bonding with his cousin Patrick after the graveside. One glimmer of joy in the midst of a very difficult time. We will be visiting more family and then heading on to San Antonio next month.
Posted by Valorie Leonard at 4:01 AM
Friday, May 13, 2011
We have been through a whirlwind around here....or wherever we are. Dave's family had a trajedy on a Wednesday (our Thursday). Luckily we had already had our pack-out. We left island on Saturday morning to fly to be with his sister. Dave has returned to Guam and the kids and Val are in Oregon until he finishes up his tour in Guam.
Thank you to Amanda Cox for being such a great friend and photographer and squeezing us in the night before we flew out. Val wanted one last photoshoot at the beach. Here is a snippet. There will be more to come.
Posted by Valorie Leonard at 1:26 AM
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