As I write this, our house is nearly silent, and the lights are low.
Daniel, Joshua, Laura, Jane and Josie are probably eating supper right now after frisbee night with their friends. Pretty soon, they’ll come bursting through the doors talking exuberantly about their evening.
John Michael, Peter, James and Stephen are chatting quietly together in their beds as they drift off.
Katie, Verity, Benjamin, and Nathaniel have been sound asleep for a couple of hours.
We arrived home late Saturday night from one of the best vacation weeks we’ve ever had. This one wasn’t about rest, it was about fitting as much adventure into the week as we could, and my goodness, what fun adventures we had! You have a profusion of photos to look forward to!
When I go anywhere with Katie, I usually end up telling her story to someone at least once. This trip was no exception. At one point, I found myself speaking about Katie and Verity with the mom of a beautiful twenty-seven-year-old woman with Down syndrome. As I explained that Katie will always be like a toddler due to the neglect she suffered for so many years, her brow wrinkled in sympathy, and she exclaimed, “Oh, I’m sorry to hear that!”
I couldn’t get the words out fast enough…
We knew ahead of time that Katie was severely delayed, and that was okay with us. What was not okay with us was leaving her in her bed for the rest of her life.
Some of you know my valiant friend Julia Nalle, who for years has been eloquently advocating for orphans with special needs on her blog Micah Six Eight.
Julia is currently hosting a giveaway fundraiser for five children, and I hope that many of you will go read THIS BLOG POST and join in before it ends AUGUST 1ST.
Four of the children are being adopted by the Bloom family. The Blooms have already adopted four older children with disabilities. These four kiddos have thrived since coming home in 2014, and the Blooms find that they have room in their hearts and lives for four more. They know the children they are adopting will always have delays, and that is okay with them. What’s not okay with the Blooms is leaving these children to exist in institutions for the rest of their lives. Not if there is something God allows them to do about it!
The fifth child Julia is fundraising for is a precious older boy, small for his age. His name is Otto and he was recently transferred to an adult mental institution–NOT a fit place for anyone, let alone a tiny, vulnerable guy like Otto, turning nine years old this year.
Otto does not yet have a family, so when you donate to his fund, could you please pray that God will have mercy on him and quickly send a daddy and mama to scoop him up from that adult mental institution and bring him home as their son?
I’m writing this post with the fervent hope and prayer that God will stir up every person who reads it to participate in Julia’s giveaway fundraiser before August 1st!
“For Christianity is a fighting religion. It thinks God made the world–that space and time, heat and cold, and all the colours and tastes, and all the animals and vegetables, are things that God ‘made up out of His head’ as a man makes up a story. But it also thinks that a great many things have gone wrong with the world that God made, and that God insists, and insists very loudly, on our putting them right again.”
-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity