Today as I started to pack for China, I couldn't help but think of how far we have come in 3 months. Three months ago when we started the process to adopt Liu Fang, we didn't know how we were going to afford it , we had just returned home from China with our ninth child. Having adopted 4 children in 5 years had left us totally broke. We used all of our savings and our retirement to pay for all 4 adoptions. We knew we had no way of paying for this adoption , but had total trust in God to provide a way ... and HE did.
It takes a community to raise a child , well it also takes a community to bring a child home too.
Our community , Church, friends and complete strangers have all helped us in this process to bring Teresa home. Ed and I never wanted to go "public" with our need for help , but GOD had other plans. He was teaching us humility . It is a very humbling experience to have to ask for help at such an enormous level. We just wanted to do GOD'S will and live quietly , but through this experience we have learned so much . Our faith has deepened and our community and friends have shown us unconditional love. You have all played a huge part in bringing Teresa home. You are all her family too.
I know that there will always be one more child that needs a home...
I know that I can not save them all...
But IF I had the money I would.
There is ALWAYS room at our table for one more.