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Adoption – Hard (Maybe), But Not Joyless

Our sermon on Sunday (and my subsequent post about it) made me think about adoption, and I’d like to encourage any of you who might be thinking about it to take the first step.  It’s a great way to “tend to things temporary with a mind on things eternal.”

For those of you who didn’t know, we adopted two of our seven children.  (And I bet you can’t tell which two from the picture…it’s the girl holding the boy–and the boy.)

Here’s a link to an article about adoption; I got it from a friend’s blog, Abilgail’s Leftovers.  Here’s an excerpt…

If you want your “dream baby,” do not adopt or foster a child: buy a cat and make-believe. Adopting an orphan isn’t ordering a consumer item or buying a pet. Such a mindset hurts the child, and countless other children and families. Adoption is about taking on risk as cross-bearing love…

Children are alive. Children are persons, with individuality that can’t ultimately be suppressed. Children, of all sorts, are, by definition, unpredictable. Children shatter your life-plan. Adoption certainly does.

It’s worth it…

If what you like is the idea of a baby who fulfills your needs and meets your expectations, just buy a cat. Decorate the nursery, if you’d like. Dress it up in pink or blue, and take pictures. And be sure to have it declawed.

BUT…if you want a challenge that also helps another soul in need, spreads the gospel, shows the love of Jesus, makes you trust God more, teaches you about yourself, AND GIVES YOU JOY, then adopt!  God will not give you more than you can handle.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9


I’ve been a little distracted recently…

I haven’t posted for a while now because my husband and I were busy contemplating adopting a waiting child from the Philippines; we think God is saying “No,” or “Not right now.”  In the meantime, however, I was SUPER busy with paper work, phone calls and emails, trying to collect as much helpful information as I could about this little boy’s medical history, as well as what kind of resources it would take to raise him.  (Also, nothing else seemed worth writing about at the time, yet I didn’t want to write about a possible adoption if it wasn’t going to become reality.)  So . . . now that our decision is in the past, I can write again!  (Are we going to adopt someone else, you ask?  We don’t know…we’ll see what God has planned.)

“Russian Cream” Recipe for Adoption Day!

We officially adopted Anna, our 9 ½ year old, six years ago today!  As we left the Russian courtroom that day after our “interrogation,” a woman from the orphanage handed me the only baby picture we have of Anna, which I was not expecting.  I burst into tears.

In honor of “Anna’s Adoption Day,” here is the recipe for “Russian Cream,” an almost to-die-for dessert, similar to what a non-frozen ice cream might be like. 🙂

It’s very simple, which is nice, since I get many requests to make Russian Cream for special occasions.  We usually serve it with sliced and sugared strawberries.  (As usual, I’m doubling the recipe, since one recipe is NOT ENOUGH for our family!)


Combine the following in a medium saucepan, let sit for 2 minutes, then bring to a boil (stirring constantly)…

1 ½ c. sugar*
2 envelopes gelatin
1 c. water

Remove from heat and add…

2 c. heavy cream
3 c. sour cream (no substitutes)
1 t. vanilla (I also add a few drops of almond extract)

Pour into heatproof serving bowl and chill for 8 hours or until set.  The recipe says that this should serve 12, but if you like it, it won’t!  (I mean, you won’t get as much as you want!)  It’s enough for our family, 8 ½ eaters–and Grandma.

*Note:  I usually substitute 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup for 3/4 cup of the sugar AND 3/4 cup of the water to make it less “refined,” as in, more natural.

“When You Take Little Steps, You Don’t Need God”—or do you?

I read this in a book once: “When you take little steps, you don’t need God.”  Well, I know what the author means—don’t just try to stay safe and comfortable; ask God for big ways to serve Him–and I actually find it somewhat inspiring.  But this sentence also leaves me feeling a little guilty, because I feel like that’s all I EVER do, is take little steps!

So here’s my philosophy, and I think my cousin and his wife (D & C) are a great example of it:

Today, May 21, is D & C’s 6th anniversary.  Before they had been married for a year, they had plans to adopt three children through international adoption, and actually got them about a year later.  Now—as an adoptive parent myself, I can attest to the fact that this is NOT a LITTLE STEP!  BUT . . . if their life is anything like mine, their current days are filled with “little” steps in order to keep taking that “big” step.  In fact, that was one thing I specifically wanted through adoption:  I said, I want to commit to something so big that I need God all the time, and don’t have any opportunity to waste my time.  I want my life to count for eternity.  So I need to remind myself (and maybe my cousin!) that these daily, non-glorious and sometimes mundane (but diligent!) steps are fulfilling God’s greater purpose, and  “preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison . . .”  (2 Co. 4:17b)

Happy Anniversary, D & C!  You are a godly example to all of us!

P.S.  I should add that they are soon to be a family of five children!