Guest blogger from I Will Go Before You

February 6th, 2012

If you don’t click on links in blog posts, you missed this link in my last blog post!  But it is so worth reading that I received permission from my friend Sabrina to reprint her words here~ 

“So far, our adoption journey has been far from exciting. Not much going on yet.

We don’t have many answers and everything is still up in the air. We know what [special needs adoption] and where [Bulgaria], but not when…or how…or who.

But we do know why.

We had discussed adoption years ago, but life got busy as the Lord blessed us with so many biological children. It wasn’t until recently that I learned that large families are often allowed to adopt. When we learned about the conditions for children with special needs in countries around the world, our eyes were opened to see something we weren’t aware of before. Children who need more help and support than typical children often get next to nothing. What they need can’t be provided by institutions and paid workers, what they need is real love provided in a family of their own.

As we learned more and saw many large families being able to adopt, we began to see it as a real possibility for our family. Yeah, we could do that. Being open to blessings and making room for one more comes naturally to us by now.

Do we see it as a calling? Sure, but not like a special word from the Lord just for us. All Christians are called to do something for the poor, the weak, the fatherless and the widows. Since our life is very family-focused we feel that welcoming a child into our family is something we can do.

Adopting also seems natural because of what the Lord has done for us. We have been saved from the desperate condition we once lived in. Even though we didn’t have anything to offer, even though we had many special needs, Christ saved us and welcomed us into the family of God. We now know what it means to live in love and security and peace. We now have a Father to care for us and also brothers and sisters. We don’t have to worry about our weaknesses or inadequacies or needs because we now rest in Christ. This Redemption Reality makes it easy to consider special needs adoption.”

~Sabrina, from her adoption blog I will go before you

 

Note from Susanna:  You probably know by now that Bulgaria is open to international adoptions by large families.  What you may not know, and may need to know, is that Bulgaria has no upper age limit for adoptive parents.  I know several moms in their fifties and sixties who are adopting children with special needs from Bulgaria.

 

 

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4 Responses to “Guest blogger from I Will Go Before You”

  1. Kristina and Family of 4! says:

    So Bulgaria now approves older parents too??!
    Oh my!! I am so excited!!!

    I am 32… But my beloved husband is 56… and his age has been the only reason why we haven’t considered adoption.

  2. Rachel M says:

    The Redemption Reality is so powerful! so many tears, oh Lord use us to help!

  3. April(justonemorebaby) says:

    tears, so many tears.

  4. Lisa says:

    Thank you for commenting on the upper age range allowable for Bulgarian adoptions.

    I had to put adopting on hold when the job I had accepted fell through at the last minute because of the bad economy — the job seemed perfect for a single, adoptive mother. I have been scrambling to find work since then and feeling stymied in my attempt to move forward on adopting. Now, I feel that adopting from Bulgaria is an option.

    I would deeply appreciate prayers that the obstacles to my adopting be removed.

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