Saturday, January 14, 2017

Introducing "Mila" | Reece's Rainbow

I have attempted to blog several times over the course of the past few years, but I've been encouraged and motivated beyond the norm to start and maintain one, now.  We are in the process of adoption!  I'm so excited to say that we are committed to adopting a sweet little girl who currently resides in an orphanage in Eastern Europe.  "Mila" is already a loved and anticipated addition to our forever family, and we can't wait to bring her home!

A little family background, for those who do not know us: Robbie and I are high school sweethearts.  We started "dating" (as much as you can "date" when you can't yet drive!) when we were fourteen years old, in our freshman year.  We married less than six months after we graduated and the rest, as they say, is history! We have been married for thirteen years now, and have been blessed to be parents to six biological children ranging from 1 year to 11 years.  We first had five sons, followed by a daughter. "Mila" will be coming into a family full of love and eager anticipation for her arrival!

I have been asked why a family who already has six children and obviously no fertility issues would be looking at adoption.  Here's the short answer: God. To further elaborate, God really pushed on our hearts to care for the "least of these," as the Bible says. Who is more vulnerable in life than the orphaned child?  God began to work in breaking our hearts for the orphan in a way that our family no longer seemed complete.  We want to be clear that we are not "saving" Mila. God alone saves and God alone redeems. We are simply following where the Lord leads, and He is leading us to add this precious face to our family.  We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to love and raise "Mila" as our child and we love her already!

I'll continue to update this blog as we progress in the adoption process, and any fundraising opportunities. For now, we ask for your continued prayers for the process to go smoothly and the funding to be there, so that we can bring Mila home.  We also ask for prayer for Mila herself, as she will go from the only "home" she's ever known -the orphanage- to a family in a new and unfamiliar country.  We recognize that it will be quite the transition for her, and we pray she quickly bonds with us and feels safe and loved as we bring her home, and as we get the medical attention she will be needing.

Here's our family page, if you feel led to help us along on our journey!

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