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Finley’s going to be a little brother!

We’re adopting, and here she is:


Precious, right?  I know.

I just started a post where I started writing out the whole process of finding and seeking her out, our questions, our journey, but I saved it for another day.

I am such a better ‘in person’ explainer.  I am at a loss for the magnitude for words to desrcibe the joy, fear, the excitment and questions we’ve had about this little girl.  The peace we have now, the tangible miracles God has shown us, and our crazy journey of faith.

This little girl has already altered and affected our lives for the better and we haven’t even met her yet.  Each day I am learning new things about faith, sacrifice and love.  We have at times shrunk to fear of what others might think, hearing voices of, “once they know you are adopting her, they’ll think you’re crazy.  No one will really want you to, people will be upset, you’ll lose people you love.”  But how could we ignore what we knew at that point to be a clear leading?

But.  As it turns out.

We have been blessed beyond measure for those heart pumping, quick moments of telling close family and friends; “So, we’re adopting.  And it’s a little girl, well, she’s 9.”

“WOW!  THAT’S AMAZING!  WHAT A LUCKY LITTLE GIRL!”  was what we heard the first time, and we sat spell bound.  Stunned silence, then a swell of relief, followed by heart soaring joy.  “Wow, it’s truly, really feels so good to talk about this, to have your support!”

As the weeks go by, I will type Maya’s story here, bit by bit.  Some for her to read one day, some to remind myself that God is a powerful, loving God and that very few things matter more to him than his children, and that seeking Him truly is best.  (Despite my arguing at first)

In the meantime, we hope to this year become a family of 4.  In fact, we are doing everything humanly possible to bring Maya home bye late summer.

A couple people have asked me (actually a literal couple; 2, so this is for you 😉 what they can do to help–which makes me tear up actually just for the support, and also that you believe that adoption is a good thing.  That maybe you might love Maya a little but too.

1.  Please pray.  God has been leading, but there has also been a small amount of what might be spiritual warfare.
Please pray for Maya that her heart will be prepared for a family.  It may not be an easy adjustment right away to have two people suddenly very invested in your life when you were once alone, all while you learn a new language.
Also, we have paperwork out the wazoo (<---why did I say that word, what is it 1996?) 2.  The biggest thing standing in the space between Maya and us is her ransom money.  I truly believe that that is what the cost of adoption is, ransom for a life.  So, if you have any good ideas for a fundraiser, send them my way.  I feel so hesitant to do a fundraiser, like I don’t want to bug people or take up their time….hmmm,  I don’t know–I think I’ll have to get over it.
Also, Reece’s Rainbow has set up a Family Sponsorship page just for us!  (They are the best)  You can actually donate tax deductible money to help us bring Maya home.  Today, someone donated $5 to her fund!  WHAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?  That’s so cool!

Again, like I said, we’re adopting.  Her name is Maya.  She’s a little girl, and we love her, and no we aren’t nieve or dumb (well, who’s to say) but we can’t wait!

Three cheers for a family of 4!!!!

Amy, Andrew and Finley

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  • Susan February 2, 2012, 1:22 am

    Amy how exciting for you and your family! I will definitely pray for you all, I have heard about how difficult that can be. Good luck with the process. Maya is so lucky to have someone who cares so much as you all. God love you all!

  • Jamie February 2, 2012, 2:26 am

    God bless you! I have adopted all 8 of mine. It is truly a blessing. Adopting my children has taught me more about love and faith than I am sure I could ever teach my children in a lifetime. Maya is one blessed little girl!

  • Loni February 2, 2012, 2:54 am

    this is amazing. congratulations and prayers to you guys for a smooth adoption. What you’re doing is a wonderful thing!

  • Karen February 2, 2012, 11:42 am



    I am so very, very happy for Maya and you!

  • Lou February 2, 2012, 3:20 pm

    I have a friend who is adopted, and who made a decision to seek out his birth parents. Because he knew it would truly destroy his Mum and dad to know this he kept it from them. He found his birth mother only to be rejected by her – which destroyed him. He ended up going to see a counselor on a weekly basis to help him come to terms with the rejection….I told him to just speak to his Mum, she might be hurt by his doing this behind her back, but she was his Mum and she was the best person to help him – that’s what Mum’s do.
    what he told me shocked me, and I remember getting so angry with him…His counselor had been telling him that adoptive parents took pity on children and thats why they adopted – she was adopted herself…..No doubt you will find this as horrific as I did..
    After I had calmed down and lost my anger towards this insane comment, I explained to him that as far as I was concerned he was one of the luckiest people alive…His adoptive Mum hadn’t just got pregnant an given birth to him – she had gone out, in fact both his Mum and Dad had gone out and chosen him – he wasn’t just what they produced (although obviously that is magical in itself), he was chosen, and that made him so so special.

    The world we now live in is full of teenage mum’s and unwanted pregnancies, and I think that to make a conscious decision to adopt a child is a truly magical one. You are choosing to share your love and life with a child that biologically is not yours – and it s a choice, and to make it is wonderful and a child that is chosen is in my eyes very very special.

    I think that what you are doing is a wonderful thing and I hope that Maya will grow up knowing just how special she is to be chosen and loved by you, Andrew and little Finley – to me this is the strongest love there is.

    I wish you all the luck in the world and will keep everything crossed for a speedy end to your waiting, and for Maya to be with you.

    Lou 🙂

  • Jayma Malme February 2, 2012, 6:16 pm

    Well put, Lou.

    What an amazing thing you and Andrew are doing. I’m so excited for you all!

    As far as raising her “ransom” money…have you looked into Kickstarter? (http://www.kickstarter.com/)…I’ve heard some good things about it.

    I will be donating proceeds from my next Etsy sale to help bring Maya home!

    Love you guys,

  • Sharon Gully February 2, 2012, 10:56 pm

    I don’t know if Andrew mentioned it Amy, but we already volunteered to do a small fundraiser here at the house this summer! We are going to do a whole series of “movies on the lawn” and invite all our friends with kids to come and hang out. We are gonna ask for any and all donations, with a suggested donation of what they would spend at a movie normally for their family. We have a wall projector and will have a ton of popcorn, drinks, candy and blankets and chairs to go around. I’m already working out a movie selection. I think we are going to to 4 nights!!! (at least!) <3 love you guys and we are so happy for you all. Xoxox

  • The Tiny Team February 9, 2012, 4:23 am

    YAAAAAYYYYY!!!! Thank you all for the support! I LOVE it, and all of YOU!

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