While out with friends in town, we stopped by a local store that offers a service that we felt may be a great opportunity for a fundraiser. We stopped in and spoke with the owners to get a feel for their willingness to participate. At the beginning of the conversation, all was going well and then I mentioned we were looking to possibly raise funds for an adoption from Africa. The mood quickly changed. The woman asked me pointedly why I would adopt from another country when there were so many children that needed love here in the US. I told her I thought that was a valid question and launched into a conversation about how we came to adopt from Africa. By the end of the discussion, it was clear she disagreed and we left the store. For me it was a real eye-opener. Leading up to today we've experienced so much support and positivity that this was really hard. That said, it was strangely affirming. I left the store ready to bawl but then after holding Jim's hand had a calmness come over me that was amazing. I am so sure that God is calling us to adopt from the Congo that her words and judgmental looks didn't make a dent.
Jim and I ended our day dancing in our dining room to a song on Pandora called Make You Feel My Love. A line in the song says I would go to the ends of the earth for you...to make you feel my love. Jim says this is now our adoption song. So true. This process isn't easy and it isn't something that everyone wants to do. But, it is absolutely what we feel called to do and I couldn't be happier.