my eyes were opened.

It was something about that day. The day my eyes were opened. The day we committed to adopting. The day that it became real. The Orphan Crisis.

I had always had a heart for children. For the hurting, the less fortunate, the fatherless. But I'm not sure it really made sense to me until I was a mother myself. Until I held my 9lb 5oz, 2 week late, amazingly strong baby girl in my arms for the first time. Then I understood the crisis.

All children need love. Need a home. Need a chance.

It was that day. That day in April 2010, when my newborn baby was only a few weeks old. That day my husband and I looked at each other and realized, we are called to adopt. It's what has always been the plan for our family, before we even knew it or said it out loud.

We are parents to a precious baby who hasn't even been born. Maybe more than one. God knows. It's been His plan all along afterall. It just took us opening our hearts, our minds and our home. To the hurting, the less fortunate, the fatherless.

I encourage you to open your mind. Pray. Ask God if adoption is for you. You might be surprised what He has in store for your family. Consider how you can make a difference in the crisis the children of our world face.

Just open your eyes a bit.

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The Idea Camp is coming to Northwest Arkansas in just a couple of short weeks. I encourage you to learn more, and get to know this incredible community of people. People that love, share and grow together. It's an honor to be a part of and use my voice to educate about adoption and the orphan crisis. Take some time to learn more here!

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