Friday, August 21, 2009

Sophie Le's adoption was "Meant to Be"

Adoption & Orphancare. There aren't many more words that make me as happy as these two :o) Btw, Orphancare, International is an AWESOME program through Sophie Le's adoption agency that "serves thousands of at risk children each year. . . children living in orphanages, on the street, impoverished families and children living in foster care." Around the time we received Sophie Le's referral in 2007, we stated sponsoring a sweet little girl from her orphanage in Ninh Thuan, Vietnam through this program. We were so blessed to be able to meet the little girl when we picked up Le Le. We asked about adopting her, but she was not available for adoption. That is the "problem" with the orphan crisis. There are 143 million orphans in the world, but most of them are not legally available for adoption. The result is millions and millions of orphans without any hope of a forever family that still need shelter and food. Where does money for that come from? Organizations like OrphanCare :o) Anyways...where was I?

Several months ago, a fellow adoptive mom sent me an email and told me about this AWESOME book that she was putting together with another Dillon mom. The book is filled with inspiring stories of international adoption. Stories of families overcoming great odds and/or obstacles that lead them straight to the child God hand-picked for their family. This will come at no surprise to you, but I think adoption is an wonderful way to build a family :o) I just love hearing about how God's hand print is all over stories of adoption. I have been so amazed at how perfect God's plan has been for our family. I cannot imagine our family without Sophie Le or Julianne. I firmly believe these two little girls were destined to be a part of our family just as Hillary Ashton was meant for our family. God knew before they were even conceived that they would be available for adoption. God knew before Neil or I filled out one piece of paperwork that little Thiet and Fanose would be our daughters. So amazing! I could have never imagined (even five years ago) that our family would include two beautiful daughters from from the other side of the world. Although I always wished to adopt internationally, I just didn't think WE could do it...and WE couldn't...but HE could....that is the cool thing about the King we serve. My wildest dreams wouldn't be as good as HIS plans :o) His plans are ALWAYS so much better than we could EVER imagine!

So as wonderful as the book idea was, these two compassionate women decided to donate ALL of the profits of the book to Orphancare, International! I can't tell you how full my heart was when I found out about this wonderful venture! International adoption AND helping orphans...seriously, could there BE a more perfect project?

So, the two ladies that edited the book are so interesting they could have written a whole book about their stories alone! Dianna has two beautiful bio daughters and adopted a precious little girl from Vietnam named Phoebe. Meredith, who is one of the most resilient women I have ever "met." Meredith (along with her hubby) were in the process to adopt a baby girl from Vietnam for over two years. For reasons completely out of their control, they lost the referral of not one, but TWO babies girls from Vietnam. Both of the babies were from Sophie Le's orphanage so the tragic stories really hit close to home. Each of these ladies stories, along with 16 other families (including ours) are included in the book, Meant To Be.

So if you like stories about adoption and you want to help orphans from around the world (including Ethiopia and Vietnam)attend school and not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from...then order this book!!! I just got mine in the mail last week and I am enjoying it so much and I think you will too :o)

Of course, my two big girls were SUPER excited to see their picture in the book...haha! Btw, we were in process for Julianne when the book was edited so her story is not included...maybe in the sequel :o)

And just because...

1 comment:

Meredith said...

I'm so glad you liked the book! Your family's story is wonderful and I'm thrilled you chose to share it with us through this project! :)