Monday, August 1, 2011

.meet the morris family.

The Morris family is our August partner in the Hannah James program.  I am so happy to help them out and partner with them.  Lindsay is awesome at encouraging others and helping us adopting mama's in any way. Her family is adorable and they all have huge hearts as well.  Please take the time to get to know this family even more.  And take the time to support them by purchasing some lovely goods at Hannah James

We just want others to know that even though adoption can be hard and uncertain and we have yet to have our daughter come home, we already feel completely blessed by this journey.  We've felt and seen God's presence and power like never before.  We feel so honored that He placed adoption on our hearts. While there have been painful, worry-filled days God has been faithful to us.  He can't grow your faith if you don't give him the opportunity! - Lindsay

When did your family start the adoption process?  December, 2010

Where are you adopting from?  The Democratic Republic of Congo

Why did you choose to adopt from that country?

Originally, we were adopting from Ethiopia.  God strongly placed Congo on my heart one night.  My husband and I both prayed and researched the country all night and the next day.  We weren't sure why we were feeling pulled toward Congo, especially since the day after we began feeling this way we made the Ethiopian wait list.  We trusted God's leading, stopped our Dossier from leaving the U.S. and began the process of switching countries in May, 2011.

We felt so strongly about adopting from the DRC because of the country's violent past and even present.  Children are brainwashed, put in militias and taught to kill.  Young girls are raped or forced into prostitution just to survive.  It's scary opening up your heart to such a violent, poor country, but it's given us even more of an opportunity to lean on God. Just a couple of weeks ago we were referred a beautiful little Congolese baby girl and are thrilled for the day we bring her home to join our family forever!
What are some of your families favorite activities?
Our boys are still little (3 years and 16 months) so some of our favorite things to do together are just playing at home, the park or taking walks around the neighborhood.  We also love going to the zoo, the science museum and visiting our family.  We lived in Kansas for a while away from all of our family, but got the opportunity to come back home to Oklahoma.  We appreciate that our family all lives so close to us so we soak up as much time with them as we can!  *My husband, Brian would like to add that we are avid sports fans so as the boys get older they will be attending lots of sporting events, especially K-State football games.

Why do you blog?
I love blogging because it's allowed me to be a part of a wonderfully caring and supportive community that I wouldn't otherwise know.  My blog has served many roles and allowed me to share our adoption story first and foremost, but also given me a way to advocate for other adoptive families who need prayer or need help spreading the word about a fundraiser.  I've had readers even reach out to me when they need support or have questions.  I have so many friends in the blogging world that I've never met in person yet are still so special to me.  

Favorite color?  Lindsay - turquoise, Brian - Kansas State purple, Bennett - today it's yellow, Caleb - unknown :)
Favorite candy/food?  Brian's grilled hamburgers, frozen custard and my mom's amazing, home-cooked German food.
What are some other fundraisers you have done?
I contribute all the funds from my Etsy shop, to our adoption and we've participated as affiliates with an Ordinary Hero sales contest, sold our own t-shirts and bracelets, had a garage sale, and have done a couple auctions on our blog.
Where do you live?  Edmond, Oklahoma
How many children do you have, if any?  Bennett - 3 yrs and Caleb - 16 mos. 

Favorite quote?  "Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles." - Maltbie D. Babcock
Favorite place to visit?  We love the beautiful gulf coast.  Destin, Florida to be exact!

To help them get closer to bringing their little girl home shop at Hannah James!

1 comment:

Anna of IHOD said...

Thanks for the introduction to such a sweet family. God alone can move mountains and I pray that this adoption process will happen quickly and smoothly for you all. Will keep the shop in mind for gifts!