Throughout the earlier years in our friendship of 13 years, Aimee and I had many conversations about adoption. I know she and Roger prayerfully considered it and even started the paperwork at one point. But life got in the way and it never happened. In more recent years, we were both still stay at home moms, raising our kids and caught up in the "busyness" of life. The topic of adoption was clearly not on the radar. Even she will tell you that when she first learned we were committing to adopt Julia, her reaction was that we must have lost our minds! What on earth were we thinking?.....4 kids, one still so little, and homeschooling? How would this be possible? If our roles were reversed, I can't say I wouldn't have had the same reaction. But along with many other people in our lives who were leary of the journey we were about to embark on, she (and her family) quickly and wholeheartedly became one of our greatest sources of support.
I would like to introduce the Medlin family and announce that..................
|Aimee, my dear friend of 13 years|
|Roger, Aimee's husband|
|Aimee, with their 4 children: Josh, Sam, Mike, and Anna|
Aimee and Roger HAVE LOST THEIR MINDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are praising God and rejoicing that they are in the process of adopting not one...not two...but THREE children!
They have committed to three absolutely adorable children from three separate regions in an EE country. It has not been an easy road. There have been struggles, disappointments, changes, and much waiting. But they have relied on God's strength and guidance and have perservered. Aimee went on the first trip this past winter and visited them for three weeks, one week with each child. They have just recently received a court date and are expecting to find out soon when they will travel again. With this country, there is a lengthy time period between the first trip (meeting the children) and the second trip to bring them home. The waiting has been very hard at times, but by God's grace, they have continued to focus on Him, who they know is in control of ALL things!
|Aimee and Zaidlyn|
|Aimee and Mateo|
|Aimee and Evie|
Please keep Aimee, Roger, and all seven children in your prayers. We are praying specifically for the process to go smoothly and timely, for safe travels, for financial provision, and for peace during the adjustment of settling in with three new little ones. Adopting three children at one time has been a large financial committment for them, one that they have made very graciously and unbegrudgingly. The final trip and expenses for their adoption are expected to run them another $8,000. I know they could use financial help and would be humbly appreciative of any monetary support. Please consider donating to the Medlin family through their Reece's Rainbow "Sponsor a Family" page here.
Three more children will be orphans no more!
Glory be to God!