I am not adopting (I wish!) but have been waiting for two weeks now to find out the status of a loan application. This loan is important to me because it determines if I will have the funds needed to move at some point in the near future.
When I originally filled out the loan application I was told my wait would be 24-48 hours. Now, two weeks later, I am still in waiting.
Now I will say, I have done everything to get out of the waiting process. I have called the bank daily, prayed, cried, begged, pleaded, and last night I even had a temper tantrum at God (not proud to admit it but true).
Then this morning I was truly humbled as I thought of Emmitt, and M.
I have been waiting for two weeks for something that may improve my life for the better.
In the meantime, I have been able to go to work, go for walks, play with my animals, go horseback riding, play with friends, enjoy the (almost) spring weather, go out to eat, cook nice meals, etc etc.
Regardless of the outcome of what I have been waiting on I will continue to be able to do those things.
M and Emmitt have both been waiting for 13 years.
They have been waiting, most of the time in the same bed, in the same room, in the same place, with little hope that things will change for them.
While I am horseback riding, they are lying alone in bed.
While I am eating out, they are hoping for one piece of fresh fruit in place of the staple porridge they get each day.
While I am hiking in the sun, they are sitting in the darkness.
They have been waiting in conditions I could barely conceive of for myself, and yet unlike me, they do not throw temper tantrums, or stomp their feet at God, or demand something better from the people around them.
Unlike me, they *smile* while they wait, and bring light and grace to everyone around them, glowing an inner confidence that God will reveal himself to them in time.
I am humbled beyond words.
So while I am waiting, I am going to do something to try to shorten their wait.
I have $100 dollars I am going to give one person who is willing to advocate for Maxim and Emmitt's with others. This $100 dollars could come in a gift card of your choosing, or if you are adopting I will donate it to your adoption fund.
All you have to do to enter is this:
1) Post about Emmitt and Maxim on your blog, facebook account, or other social networking site (there is more information about them on the tabs above and throughout this blog)
2) Be sure to include in your post contact information for the organizations supporting each child: Maxim is being supported by Life2Orphans, while Emmitt is listed through Reece's Rainbow. (Please do not list the country they are from if you know it as this is against certain laws in their country.)
3) The purpose of sharing their information is to encourage others to consider adopting them. They are both available for adoption! Neither of them have an account to donate to specifically for their adoption expenses, so encourage others to "donate" through prayer and advocating for them. (People are welcome to donate to both life2orphans and reecesrainbow, but it will not go directly into an adoption grant for either boy).
4) I will enter you once in a drawing for each site you post a plea for adoption of these two boys; if any of your facebook friends or blogger friends post a plea for these boys based on your post, I will give you 5 more entries.
5) please leave a comment or email me with the link to your posting or others' posting
6) Please keep your posts tasteful and positive.
I will be doing a drawing to pick the winner sometime next week.
Happy advocating in the meantime!