Thursday, February 13, 2014

The First Steps in Our Story of Adoption


I am so excited to share this journey with you!  

There are so many ways that God spoke to  is about adoption, a prompting of the heart, compassion, other's testimonies, a clear statement that "You will adopt."
There were many confirmations. Two that stand out in my heart and mind. One night we visited a local Baptist church for a Christmas play. Towards the end of the play God did what He does, and spoke to us strongly.  A small Chinese girl stood on the stage in a traditional Chinese dress and sung with her whole heart, "Tell me about Jesus." It was like our daughter was singing from China. Not only asking us to be her parents, but most importantly asking us to tell her about Jesus. We were moved to tears and God confirmed to us we were moving in the right direction.
Only a week ago our daughter, Rachel, woke up and said, "I had a dream."  " In the dream, I was in my room with my Chinese sister."  "  I was tickling her, and we were very happy."  " I woke up and I am still very happy." I told her, "That the dream was probably from God."  "He does that, He speaks to you in dreams to tell you the future,to comfort you, and to speak to you."  God even uses your children to comfort and to speak to you.  It is wonderful to know that God personally speaks to and comforts your children.  He takes care of them. He prepares them for the road we will all walk together.

Our first step in the adoption process was to choose an adoption agency.  We happily chose Gladney.  Friends of ours have used Gladney in the past,and we felt they would support us through our walk before and after.  As of date, they have proven that to be true.  The staff has been supportive, informative and encouraging!
Isaac practicing how to use chopsticks the
Gladney Chinese New Year celebration.

Our second step in the process was to complete a "Child Preference Profile". We are currently in a program called "The Waiting Child Program".  This program is filled with Chinese girls with special needs.
The wait for our daughter in this program could be one to two years. Currently the wait for a "healthy" child could be 7 to 8 years.   We went over the "Child Preference Profile" with our doctor. It listed all ofthe possible special needs our daughter could have, and determined if we would be willing and able to care for a child with the specific special needs.  No worries, we have promised to our leadership we would keep it on the simpler side of special needs. We will most likely adopt a child with cleft lip and/or palate. The form was seven pages long and took two doctors appointments!

Over the past couple of weeks we have been preparing for the fundraiser, by taking pictures, shooting videos, and setting up everything online.  We were ready to announce earlier but was not fully prepared to begin the fund raiser.


Our next step, is to pay Gladney $300 and fill out one sheet of paper that says we are ready to move forward.  We are very happy to say within one night we were able to raise the funds for our first payment!
Rachel practicing how to use chopsticks the
Gladney Chinese New Year celebration.
Thank you for showing interest and your prayers!  I always as many people as possible everything that happened for Ryan in the natural world started with someones prayers!

Thank You and God Bless,

The Hollands



For more stories about our adoption check out links below:

Do it Afraid
Looking from Afar
From Fear, to Faith, to the Courage to Adopt
Our Adoption Story:  Our First Steps
Our Adoption Story: Baby Steps

Monday, February 10, 2014

From Fear, to Faith, to the Courage to Adopt

The Holland Family is proud to announce that we are adopting from China! 
Isaiah 41:10-13 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness

Between April 2012 and January 2013, my  best friend died in a car accident, my dad had a heart attack, my son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, and my two, sweet grandmothers died suddenly within two weeks of each other. In the past, I would have surmised that with so many trials, our family would be burdened each day by sorrow. I never thought sorrow, loss, disappointment, and trials would give us more courage.

However, each time a new trial would visit our lives, our faith in Christ and who He is became stronger. We did not become stronger - we actually felt weaker- but our gaze became focused on our Savior. We knew we were never alone. He met our physical needs. He gently cared for and loved us; He spoke to us about who we are and our future.

Before my son was diagnosed, I read two books: " Kisses from Katie and "Mission of Motherhood" . "Kisses from Katie" is about how God showed His love to orphans through a young college student, and "Mission of Motherhood" spoke of God's calling regarding motherhood. The strength and love in my heart grew for my children and children with no-one to call mother.  I thought these books were preparing me for an upcoming trip to Ethiopia to minister to orphans. Little did I know God was preparing me first to care for my son with a chronic illness with joy and peace, and to soon care for and be the mother of an abandoned orphan. As I learned to care for my son and be gentle and loving, no matter the circumstances, God spoke to me and said, " You have more love to give." Today the Holland family proudly announces that we are in the process of adopting a girl from China!!!  We know that the obstacles may be many, but like the widow who obeyed God and was provided for, we fully believe that God will provide for us!!

I Kings 17:15 
 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.

Why Adopt?

-Because God adopted us first. Romans 8:14-16
-God runs the largest adoption agency. Psalms 68:6, Hosea 14:3Deut.10:17-18Isaiah 1:17
-Andrew and I have always felt that we would someday adopt.


Why China?

-We traveled to China 12 years ago and visited orphanages.  At that time, we became aware of the atrocity of the "One Child Policy" and how girls were abandoned and treated.
-We love missions and feel like we would be living out "going to the ends of the earth" daily by caring for a Chinese daughter.
- We love China.

Why now? 

We both had fear and questions about adoption but after Ryan was diagnosed, God gave us courage to love more.

How can I help?

Pray:
 - Pray for our daughter, that she will be well cared for as she waits to come home.
 - Pray that God guides us throughout the adoption process and meets all financial needs.    - Pray for us when she comes home, that God will show us how to parent her with His heart.

Donate:  The cost to adopt internationally is $35,000.  That includes adoption fees to Gladney, adoption fees in China and the cost of travel to pick up our daughter. Please help us rescue our daughter and donate at the link below.  You will change her life forever!!

Love her and usPlease love and accept her as our daughter.  Just as Jesus grafted us into the vine, she will be grafted into our family. When she comes home support us and love us as I know you will, just as you have this past year and a half with Ryan.

Stay connected:  Please send your email address to me at hollandange1677@gmail.com.  I would like to send monthly updates to all that are interested.

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Thank you so much for your love and support!!!
For more stories about our adoption check out links below:

Do it Afraid
Looking from Afar
From Fear, to Faith, to the Courage to Adopt
Our Adoption Story:  Our First Steps
Our Adoption Story: Baby Steps