Friday, June 1, 2012

My heart overflows...


When we were first accepted into the adoption program with America World we knew we would be in for a long road. Along this road we know we want to grow in patience, expectation, and trust through the Holy Spirit. We also know that a part of our adoption journey (and future journeys) will most likely involve fundraising. So I have been thinking that while we wait I can plan... plan t shirt sales, blog posts, 5k's, golf tournaments, etc... So as you know we started by selling t-shirts. Not just for a fundraiser but also for adoption awareness. Todd and I went back and forth on how many shirts to order unsure how many we would sell. In the end we decided to go for it and order 200 and today I had to order more!!!!


 I'm overwhelmed by the generosity from family, friends, and even strangers! We have friends diligently selling our shirts using their personal time to help us with our dream. We have had strangers to our family purchase shirts and shirts already go out across the country (Puerto Rico, West Africa, Seirre Leon, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and on and on....). We have had friends sacrificially give of their own money to help further our dream. I can not put into words how grateful we are. I can not express how loved and supported we feel.  We know the road to foreign adoption and after is not going to be all sunshine and roses, we expect bumps, we expect mountains... But we also expect God's overflowing love, grace, mercy, to flood upon us! We expect him to provide what seems like a crazy amount of money, in fact we expect him to provide beyond that so we can bless an African orphanage, we expect him to continue to provide for our future adoptions and hopefully to help others adopt... We have a lot of expectations... And today my heart overflows as our expectations our being superseded... and we have only just begun!
This week we mailed not only shirts off but our mountain of paperwork off, along with our first agency payment $2000. We began gathering up information to host a 5k from others who have hosted one before or are well versed in the "running world".  And we continue praying for the mother of our child - I can't help but wonder is she pregnant now? What is her situation? Please Lord keep her healthy! What will bring her to have to give her child up for adoption? and on and on....
So with all that... my heart is full over flowing and hoping the love that is overflowing from us will touch others to fill them up!

Prayers and Blessings - Dawn

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You write to beautifully Dawn, but even further than this, your subject matter is beautiful! I am so honored that you have allowed us to watch your journey unfold. I promise to remain deligent in prayer for your adoption from start to end, that your bumps and mountains are only hiccups in the road, mere mustard seeds for Him. What a celebration the next Prather baby will be!!

Kim said...

Awesome! Keep up the great work.

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