A little over a year ago I sent out an email to friends and relatives, announcing our plans to adopt Ava, and requesting donations for our fundraiser garage sale (which raised over $2,000 by the way).
The most precious donation we received that Saturday was from this brother and sister pair, Alden and Lilly. Their mom had told them about our family's plans to adopt and they both wanted to help bring a little orphan girl home to her forever family. I really tried hard but was unable to hold back my tears that day as they both emptied their piggy banks onto the table to help our Ava make her way home.
What made this gesture particularly emotional for me is the fact that Alden and Lilly's daddy unexpectedly passed away just weeks before Lilly was born about 5 years ago. Knowing that Alden and Lilly would have loved to have a brother or sister of their own, and yet seeing their loving sacrifice towards our family instead, was so meaningful and touching to me.
Well today I had to fight my tears back again (I didn't do so great) as I took some donations to their garage sale. You see, even though their mommy hasn't remarried, Alden and Lilly are going to have another brother or sister after all. They are raising money to welcome an orphan from Hong Kong into their wonderful, sweet family. I am so proud of my friend Justine for following the passion of adoption that God has laid on her heart, despite the circumstances that she never would have chosen for herself. She is an amazing woman, loving and dedicated mother (she even homeschools her children), and I know she is going to be a wonderful adoptive mommy. I am so proud of you, my friend! I can't wait to meet the newest Foster! Thank you for letting us be a part of it.
(By the way, I asked the kids about the little crosses under their tree in their backyard. It is where their cat "Oreo" and their pet turtle "Red Ear" are buried. How sweet is that?)