Our Adoption Journey has brought so many joys and sorrows over the past two years.
This past week alone the adoption process has made me cry raw tears of joy and gut-wrenching tears of sorrow. It has made me question God's timing and His presence. It has ultimately strengthened my Faith in Him and my assurance that this is, in fact, His calling in our family's life. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a little girl in Moldova who is part of our family, and we also now believe that she will be home soon.
We wanted to give you a brief summary of the past weeks events so that you can pray with a greater urgency for our Emma and for us as we listen for God's voice and walk in His Will.
Last Tuesday, we were beyond surprised to receive a referral for a four year old beauty from Moldova. I literally bawled as I read the referral letter to my husband over the phone. She even looked like our two year old daughter, and her shirt was covered in butterflies. For all visual purposes and the immediate feeling of love I felt for this precious little girl, I pleaded to God that this be our Emma Charity. Our agency sent us her medicals and advised us to get it reviewed by an International Adoption Doctor. We met with our Doctor on Thursday, and the findings from the medical report were not good...in fact, they were beyond heartbreaking. I do not wish to go into detail about her illnesses, but because of a certain diagnosis, we were not able to accept the referral. My heart grieved for this precious life, and I so desperately wanted to just love and hug her. On our home study, we requested a female, age 2-4, with minor correctable needs. This referral did not fall within those parameters as she was classified as severe special needs.
We left the appointment confused, hurting and at a loss for why we were even given the referral by our agency. We cried, we prayed, we begged God for wisdom. We heard His answer and we said, "No". It still brings tears to my eyes to even write that word "No" because why would anyone ever say "No" to a child. I have struggled with guilt, shame, and heartache over that "No" for several days now. Then Sunday in our Sunday School class, our teacher talked about how often God tells us to say "no" to a "good" thing because He has a "yes" for us yet to come. The lesson and message spoke to my heart and provided the peace I needed as I wait on His timing to bring Emma to us.
So, we wait. Our agency told us that the referrals would keep coming as Moldova seems to be moving and progressing with their International adoption referral lists. To us, this means it is time to get ready. we need to prepare her room and we need to prepare financially. When we receive and accept a referral, we owe $2650. When we travel on the first trip, we owe $5500. When we travel for the court trip, we owe $6000. We have already paid $11,000 in various fees, and we only have $560 remaining in our adoption account. So, this means we need to raise a lot of money :-). In addition, we still need to raise money for travel costs, which we estimate at another $10,000 total. These numbers seem overwhelming to me, but we serve an Overwhelmingly Generous God who we believe can and will provide the needed funds.
Please pray for our family and pray for our Emma for protection. if you would like to consider helping us bring our daughter home there are several ways that you can support our adoption financially.
In the next few weeks/months we will be posting several fundraisers. To start, I will be making custom wreaths and scarves to sell. I plan to post those on our Facebook adoption page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emma-Charity-Our-Adoption-Journey-of-Love/109287085793253?ref=ts&fref=ts
One way that you can help support bringing Emma home to our family is by purchasing coffee from our store at: http:/www.justlovecoffee.com/TheBurrells
For every bag of coffee that you purchase, we will receive $5. Thank you so much for helping in this way. Please forward the link to everyone you know who likes coffee, hot cocoa, or tea. The coffee is absolutely delicious! My hubby is especially fond of the Rwandan.
We also have an online store where we are selling tshirts (both adoption-themed and Christian-themed). For every t-shirt you purchase, we will receive $8 to put towards our adoption. Please consider purchasing a shirt and forward the link to the store to your coworkers, friends, and family. The link to our store is: http://www.adoptionbug.com/burrellmoldovanadoption
If you feel led to just donate directly to our family, we promise you that 100% of your gift will go towards her adoption. You can contribute money by making checks out to Darin and Christina Burrell (please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request our address) or through paypal at the paypal address: email@example.com
Emma Charity’s Adoption Fund:
We have developed a list of tangible financial needs that we will incur during our upcoming trips to Moldova.
* Referral Acceptance Fee: $2650
* First trip fee: $5500
* Second trip fee: $6000
* Buy a Plane ticket (we need 5): $1700 each
* Buy half of a plane ticket: $850 each
* Buy a meal in Moldova: $20 each
* Hotel Night in Moldova: (approximately 20 nights): $100 each night
Our greatest need is prayer-prayer of protection over Emma and prayers for God's provision and timing on the entire adoption process. Thank you dear friends and prayer warriors.
Praying her home, Darin, Christina, Jaythan and Bella Joy