Tuesday, February 28, 2012

That's my Hudson!!

What does that mean?  Below you will find a video of Eric Ludy called Depraved Indifference.  Please watch it and listen to the powerful message it contains.

As April and I were sitting in a meeting Thursday (2-23) night about the adoption process at CHC, this video was played to end the night.  All I can say is WOW!  The gut-wrenching thought of my 3 year old daughter sitting on the side of the road with nowhere to go, no food, and no one taking care of her kills me inside.  What would I do to protect her?  Anything I possibly could!!  That is now how I feel about adoption.  Some child is sitting there, unable to understand what is happening and they are being overlooked by society.  I want to be that person that cradles them and lets them know that it will be ok.  I want to be the one who shows them what it means to be loved and cared for.  Going through this process it has become evident that the orphans are often times overlooked by all of us.  We all think that someone else will take care of them.  But, we cannot sit back and let the voiceless remain silent.  We have to do our part.

Psalm 10:14 MSG says (emphasis mine);

But you know all about it-the contempt, the abuse. I dare to believe that the luckless will get lucky someday in you. You won't let them down: orphans won't be orphans forever.

Now, not everyone is called to adopt.  But I do believe that we, Christians, have a duty to reach out to the orphans and do whatever we can with the resources we have and help.  What does that look like?  Well, it is different for each one of you.  You have to decide what you can do to help the helpless.  At CHC we are about to kick-off an orphan ministry and we need people to step in and see what it is they can do to help with this tremendous need.


April and I are excited to announce that we have submitted our application for adoption to Holt International.  We are awaiting word from them about moving to the next step.  We are also about to schedule our home study.  I guess you can say that we are “paper pregnant!”

Prayer request:

Pray for Baby Asia, we do not know her yet but pray for God to prepare us and her as we look to give her a forever family.

Pray for the process, paperwork is tedious and time consuming so pray that I cross all my “t’s” and dot my lowercase “j’s”

Pray for the cost (financial).  Fundraisers will help offset this some.

Pray for Belle.  She seems excited about a baby sister, but she is 3 and doesn’t fully understand.

Thanks for reading,

Myke and April

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

And so it begins....

As we discussed the concept of adoption a little over a year ago, we were privileged enough to witness firsthand the adoption of Lynleigh Ren by the Pillstroms.  It is a blessing beyond words to see Lynleigh assimilate to her family.  It is also neat to see that the Pillstroms are now complete as a family.

I knew in my heart that I wanted another child, but I also was not willing to take the risk of biologically trying to father another child.  I am blessed to have Arabella and to see that her NF currently is not severe.  I do have some trepidation as to what the future may hold for her, but I have dealt with it my whole life and can help her through whatever may come.  Back to the original point, I have been looking at various websites that assist in the international adoption process as well as those that assist in domestic adoptions.  I have friends who have experience in both types of adoptions.

Since the death of my father (November 2010), shortly after starting this blog, the “adoption talk” had been put on hold.  But, just a few days ago the adoption bug bit me once again!!  April and I, and Belle, have talked and we have decided that it is now time.  We are officially beginning the process of an international adoption!!!  We are looking to narrow our choice down to which agency we will be going through, and which country we would like to adopt from.  We are excited about this process and we ask that you pray for us during this time.  We have a lot of questions that we would like answered and we need to hear a word from the Lord.
  • ·     Pray for our child that has already been born or is about to be born  
  • ·         Pray for our finances, God will provide
  • ·         Pray for our guidance, that we use the right agency and select the right country
  • ·         Pray for our potential agency that we will use
  • ·         Pray for our paperwork stress and anxiety
  • ·         Pray for us and Belle as we try and prepare our hearts and home to welcome in a new little girl

I ask that you participate with us in this process.  We would not be where we are today without you guys in our life.  If you are reading this, I am talking about you.  If you cared enough to read this, you obviously care for us.  Even if you are not spiritual or someone who prays, keep us in mind as we move this direction.  I will be posting some fundraiser information soon about some T-shirts that you can purchase online.  Everything is handled through their site and they will ship you the shirt you choose and we will receive a commission for each sale.

Thank you for joining with us in this!  April and I will keep you posted on the process and we love each and every one of you.