Starting this past summer the Lord really started opening my eyes and heart up to HIV+ children and the possibility of adopting one. James thought I was crazy but agreed to pray with me about it. The more we prayed the more the Lord revealed the truth to us about these children and about HIV. We realized that it wasn't as scary as we first thought that it was and that it was something that the Lord was leading us to do.
This past summer I was looking at waiting children on Positively Orphaned (www.positivelyorphaned.com) and saw a little face that I couldn't ignore; bright blue eyes and white blonde hair on an almost two year old boy. James and I started praying about the possibility of adopting him. He wasn't in Ethiopia, and we had been so sure that was where we were going to adopt from. But his little face just wouldn't leave my heart and prayers. He was also HIV+. We prayed over him; I longed for him, but the timing just wasn't right. We were in the midst of a big move and DIY home remodel amongst other things. But we prayed and opened our hearts and in the process we prayed this little one into an adoptive home!
Our hearts were opened then. Then a few weeks ago, in January, I was looking at HIV+ waiting children on Reece's Rainbow (www.reecesrainbow.org) and again I saw a little face. Blonde hair, brown eyes and a charming smile on an almost two year old boy. Once again, I was smitten. James and I began to pray. We prayed for us, we prayed for him. Our hearts were moving.
Then a few days later we saw her: red curls, blue eyes and porcelain skin belonging to a beautiful 19 month old girl. We prayed for us, we prayed for her. We were ready to commit to them.
The day before we were to send in our commitment papers we found out that the little boy we were hoping for had been chosen by another family already. We stopped, prayed, regrouped and looked again.There he was: strawberry blond hair, blue eyes and the sweetest charming smile on a 23 month old boy. We knew then that he was for us and we sent in our commitment papers.
Now they are waiting for us and we cannot wait to get to them!!!
In the coming days we'll be adding some new posts detailing all of the latest info that we have on HIV and HIV+ adoption. We want all who know and love us to be armed with all of the same information that we have and we'd love for the world to be armed with this information as well. When truth and love are combined they create a force powerful enough to banish all fear and move people to action.
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out all fear..." I John 4:18