Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Updates and Such

Hey everybody,

Well, it's been a long time since we've chatted about our adoption, so I thought I'd keep you up to date. We've finally gotten through our home study (yay). And now it's time for the super serious part. During all these months that I've run Give1 I've had tons of time to learn about African adoption and culture and that's been so cool. I've definitely learned that when you adopt a child, you also adopt a culture, and that's what brought us to a bit of a pause. We always had planned on adopting a child from Ethiopia, and then when that was complete to adopt from Haiti. I've come to realize that there couldn't really be two more opposite cultures! The Haitian culture and adoption process is more in sync with our family. The reason we planned on adopting from Haiti later is because they have a policy that you must be 35 to adopt and we are not. There's some buzz in the air about that law being changed to 30, so we took a huge leap of faith and had our home study prepared for a Haitian adoption instead. Ok, and then the law did not change. And that's where we are now. With a prepared home study, bank account, and hearts... and we don't yet qualify. SO... I would love some prayers. For the Haitian law to change, which would allow so many more people to pursue Haitian adoption and find homes for those little ones. For our patience in the process. God is absolutely doing something here and I'm learning that I'm just not in control of it. I have no idea what's going to happen and peace constantly a little outside of my grasp.

{photos of Haiti by Baron Batch's creative nonprofit, 2nd Hand Images}

So that's our personal story. Now for some other Haitian news. Next week Give1: Haiti will open up. That was always part of the plan. Like I said, our adoption (whenever that may be)  is pretty well funded (thank you for all who have helped). I've been making custom artwork that still goes into the adoption fund for travel expenses and such, so if you'd like to keep supporting us, that's totally the way to do it. But we won't have that paypal button anymore. Right now we're looking for families adopting from Haiti. And since we don't have one yet I'll be blogging on behalf of our friend, Jen Hatmaker's HELP safe house project. I hope you'll join me next week in learning more about Haiti and it's adoption process. It's a beautiful culture, and I have so loved learning French and using more coconut, lime, and rum in my cooking adventures! :)


  1. Thanks for the update! I am sure this is probably going to be one of the hardest parts of the process. I know people that just came back from Haiti a few weeks ago after spending two weeks in an orphanage just loving on the babies. It's hard to understand why there are so many kids that need homes and yet they make the process so difficult. I will definitely pray that they change their laws! God bless you Beth!

  2. God's Littlest Angels has always had a special place in our hearts, and after finding out we did not qualify we moved to DRC. On a whim I found Dixie was coming to Canada and I sent a quick email asking if she would be willing to come to our community and she did. Meeting her was life changing and our then agency had a back log and we didn't feel right about waiting in a line when there were children waiting and now they were processing application with families with more than 2 children. We thought okay lets change our homestudy and wait. Our homestudy took forever to be approved by our province and the day before we recieved our approval. We got an email of a waitingchild NOW our daughter.....we switched agencies ...now we wait to bring her home, but after we get her home and adjust we will pursue Haitian adoption too!! (have to recoop money) :) So excited to see the Give one Save one grow and reach more!!!!!

  3. Hi Beth! I'm excited to find your site, and the good work you are doing to support adoption in Africa and Haiti.

    My family is also adopting from Haiti (GivingHopeHaiti.org) and they have a great attorney who might be able to advise you more about the age constraints.

    In addition, I would be glad to send over some families who might be interested in being featured. Let me know if that would help you out!

    Blessings on you and your family! I'll be praying for you and your journey.

  4. and yes, please do send your friends. :)

  5. thank you so much! i just emailed them!