Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Incredible Connections Part I

Over the last couple of days, I have communicated with some of the most wonderful people. It's quite a close knit community that have adopted or are in the process of adopting a child from another country. Each one has a life story that only He could have woven. It's very similar to how we were led to our Julia:

Mark and I had no plans of adopting a child from China, but God had other plans in mind for us. He used a sixteen year old girl to be the spark for us. She is the daughter of our really good friends plus I was her confirmation sponsor at church. Her parents adopted her two little sisters from China so her heart is very open to God's work. When Lindsay's parents adopted Olivia, Carrie M. was their social worker. As you all know Carrie and her husband now work at NDFH. Lindsay wanted to volunteer at the foster home and spent three weeks helping the children last summer. She was sending videos and e-mails to a whole group of us at church about her experiences. One day she e-mailed Mark and I individually and asked if we would be willing to adopt Julia. It was like God had asked us directly, "Would you do this for Me?" Mark and I did a lot of research about dwarfism and met with a family whose son is a dwarf. We both decided that we could open our hearts and home to this precious soul so we e-mailed Lindsay in China and told her, "Yes, we will adopt Julia."

We were put in touch with an agency who was willing to go to bat for us to find her file. We started that process at the end of July '08; we received word that her file was on its way to the CCAA and would be there by October, November, or December! We needed to do some fundraising to help with the cost. We met with our priest and he was very supportive about asking the parish to help us. He told us that if the Catholic church was going to be pro-life, that included outside-of-the-womb also. He saw this as rescuing a child and wanted us to do a presentation at the end of September '08. Lindsay, Mark, Lydia, and I spoke to all five masses that weekend. Lindsay was especially compelling and showed her videos of Julia eating the m&m's. The parish responded so enthusiastically and donated almost $50,000! Our prayers had been answered! We were so overwhelmed!


  1. Oh my heavens.....what a blessing indeed....a miracle in fact! We are praying for you.

  2. Hi Michelle~ Welcome to Bloggyville! :o)

    I found your blog through a comment you left on Lindsay's post. She is SUCH a sweethart! We have been blessed to have her in our lives for the short time we have been coming to know her. She is one amazing teenager! I love how she is allowing herself to be used by God...a vessel that He is working through on behalf of these precious children. Lindsay recently shared her story about Julia with me and how the match came about...a true God thing!! It's clear she thinks highly of you, too...and knew that you and your husband would be great parents for Julia...that speaks volumes in and of itself!

    Anyway, we have only known Lindsay for a short time. (Though I was already very familiar with her famous Julia videos!) She contacted me shortly after she arrived back at ND and found out that we were adopting Khloe. She took care of Khloe in the mornings last summer, before she had her surgery and could sit up...so she was excited to see her post-surgery, all grown up and WALKING! :) She has been a great blessing to us, sharing photos and videos, just like you have of Julia...truly a PRICELESS gift until we are able to bring our daughter home. I told her I don't know what I'm going to do after she comes back to the states, as I've been so spoiled with her there taking photos and loving on our Khloe for us!! In anycase, Lindsay is one amazing young lady and I can't wait to see what God has in store for her future!

    We are praying that we are able to travel by Christmas, and Lindsay tells me that is around the same time you hope to travel to Julia... it would be SO neat if we were able to travel at the same time and meet in China! My family has a great love for Julia and our kids were hoping to meet her when we travel. We just LOVE her... her happy contageous smile and laughter have been labeled "The Joy of Julia" around here!...You are SO blessed to call her your daughter...I can only imagine all of the unbridled joy she will bring to your home!!

    Well, it is nice to 'meet' you and I look forward to following along on your journey. In the meantime, we will be lifting you up in prayer as you prepare to bring your sweet daughter home!

  3. Congratulations!! I'm so moved by your story! I have been admiring your sweet Julia thru Lisa's blog. She is a doll baby!!!

    Godspeed to your daughter!!!