If you watched our adoption match video then you already know that our friend Rachel, of Honey Honey Calligraphy, created an exclusive hand calligraphed print for our adoption. It is the design that we used on our fundraising puzzle. We are in LOVE with this print. The words we chose for the print are deep and beautiful and meaningful. The truth found in them is something that has spoken profoundly to my soul since I came across this passage many many years ago.
In life, we face many things that can cause us to live in fear. These things can paralyze us in ways we never would expect. These fears can keep us from living in the freedom that is ours through Christ. These fears can keep us from living obediently to what God is asking of us.
Fear is an especially prevalent thing for many in the adoption process on both sides of the equation. There are so many unknowns, so many questions, so many what ifs. You are never really certain of the who, what, where, when, and hows of the process. Many times you are required to take steps forward and then simply wait and trust it will all work out. Your heart is put in the most vulnerable position of putting yourself out there, falling in love, and possibly losing a child you think of and want as your own. It’s scary.
My heart is completely bursting with gratitude. About a week ago, Travis’s aunt Jenn let us know that she would be planning + hosting what she called an “Un-garage sale” in order to support our adoption. She had been collecting a ton of really nice items from around her home that she was planning to offer to others in garage sale form. However, instead of putting a price on all of the items, she was planning to allow people to come and take what they wanted from the sale and only pay what they wanted to as a donation to our adoption fund. What a wonderful way to bless us and others at the same time!