Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 2010

It's that time of year when the holidays make everything feel so magical. I'm usually racking my brain for the perfect gift to give. 

This year...all I can think about is our baby.

We decided late October we were being called to adoption. Last year we attended a Steven Curtis Chapman concert and heard their family's story and journey. Since, the idea had been tugging on our hearts. What is interesting is that Tim nor I ever shared that the burden to adopt had been placed. 

For me, the need grew stronger when attending a Women of Faith Conference in Atlanta, GA with some of my girlfriends.

For Tim, the need grew stronger after having lunch with his father where Dad Reiner shared a story he had heard on NPR. The story of Scott Simon; Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other.

One Sabbath afternoon in October Tim asked to talk. It was then we realized the same desire. 

Initially, we believe we were being called to China. Little did we know then, this was not God's plan. Since, God has led us to Ethiopia.

I could explain "why Ethiopia" for quite a while, but the simple fact is....there is a need.

In Ethiopia there are over 4 million orphans.

4 million.

It's hard to imagine the number.

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. 
Psalm 82:3

Since that one beautiful Sabbath we have become part of the All God's Children International family, nearly completed our home study and have been reading all we can to educate ourselves.

A "little" of the paperwork we've faced and we have much more to go.

This Sabbath, I find myself so thankful for the support of family and friends as we begin our journey.

I will keep our blog as up to date as possible as we continue our journey.

One Less has begun.


kera said...

I am sooooo very excited to be following along in your journey fler!! It gives me chills each time to think about what you guys are doing and how much you will influence those around you to reach out those children in need!! I love you both and cannot wait to me YOUR baby!!

p.s LOVE the lillypie time line!

Erika Reiner said...

You know......the lilypie timeline....we're at the very beginning...look at others who have nearly finished process and whoa...we have a way to go.

Tim is gone watching football at Bry's and I'm here with a fire, the tree lit and watching the original Grinch. I wonder what our little bub will think of the sparkling lights, fireplace and whoville???

Thank you SOOOO much for all of your love and support! Means the world!

Keyla-n-Jeremy said...

So happy for you guys! I read Scott Simon's book and absolutely LOVED it! A must-read for adoptive parents is Raising Adopted Children by Lois Ruskai Melina. It's one of those books you'll want to keep forever and reference back as needed. Another great book by the same author is Making Sense of Adoption: A Parent's Guide.

Congratulations on starting your Dossier. It's all downhill from there!! :-)

Heather Fig said...

I'm a little late to this party, but finally caught up. Praying for you all, including the lil bubs!

Erika Reiner said...

Awe you are not late. We really haven't gone "public". Only a few people know. Thank you SO much for the support and prayers. We certainly need them!!!

This really has been one of the most amazing experiences....even before we decided to adopt internationally. The journey....well it's had a good bit of challenges but again...God has had control the whole way and has been preparing us. Just thankful for each stepping stone; tough and easy.

xoxo and Thanks!!!