“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.” Phil. 1:3
We are at the very end of our adoption journey, friends. We are at the part that I had feared would never become real. Our son is acquiring his passport today, and we are simply waiting on a medical appointment and then our green light to travel. After nearly an eternity of paperwork, more emotions than I care to confess, earnest prayers begging God to provide, we are finally here.
I was not going to share this, but because a few people have asked me to put it up. We have been so very blessed with a matching grant from Hand in Hand for up to $3,000. The deadline is this Friday, and unfortunately, there is no online link, all donations must be mailed in. Any amount donated will be doubled up to $3,000. This is the very last bit we need to bring Cedi home.
Please send all donations made payable to “Hand in Hand Christian Adoption” postmarked by November 9th to: (for tax purposes please include our name on the outside of the envelope)
Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc.
Emily & Justin Russell
18318 Mimosa Court
Gardner, KS 66030
So many of you have given to us financially or supported us in prayer, or been a listening ear when my unorganized self has screamed in frustration over the mountains of paperwork spread before me. So many of you have watched our children when we’ve had various adoption related appointments. You have encouraged me when I was weary. You’ve cheered with our victories and with each step closer to bringing our boy home. You have allowed God to use you.
From the beginning of our journey, I prayed that people would step out and become a part of our journey. Truthfully, I prayed this because I hoped that our journey would become personal to you. I hope that each time you see Cedi’s small hand tucked in one of ours, that you will know you helped give him a family. I hope that when you see him playing with his brothers and sister, you know that you helped bring him home. But mostly, I hoped that maybe, when you see him come home, you would look at your houses and find an empty spot that could fit an extra bed, an empty closet that could fit some small-clothes, an empty spot in your heart that could fit a son or a daughter. I hope that you could see, surely with God NOTHING is impossible. Instead of seeing the scariness of adoption, you will see Cedi, and know that the rewards far outweigh anything else. And you will know this, because you helped bring him home.
Truthfully, adoption was not a hard consideration for us. We KNOW what it means to be adopted, because you all have shown us everyday. Thank you for making us part of your family.