Born in Our Hearts

October 20, 2008

If you remember from a few posts ago I told you about my friend Sue, who had a desire placed on her heart to help us financially with our adoption. She wanted to be able to give “big”, but didn’t personally have the resources. She did know, however, that she had the giftings and abilities to be able to network with people and plan an event. So she began to envision an evening fundraising celebration.

This past Thursday night, she invited a few women to brainstorm how to pull of the event she envisioned. Sue invited me to be a part of this meeting and to say that I was both excited and humbled is an understatement. After sitting at Starbucks and hearing all the ideas as well as the details that need to come together, I have to say I am SO excited! Here is the plan that came from that meeting:

The event Sue and the others put together will be on Friday, November 21st from 6:00pm-9:00 at the Coventary Oaks Pavilion at Firestone MetroPark. (I initially thought it was an outdoor pavillion but no worries, it’s indoors ☺). We are calling it “Born in Our Hearts.” We will be having all different kinds of soups, bread and yummy homemade desserts. We will then worship together through music, followed by a chance for Steve and I to share our story and God’s heart for adoption. We hope the evening will raise awareness for international adoption and encourage us through this long journey.

We also plan on having a bonfire where we can roast some smores and hotdogs. This evening is for all kinds of people – close friends, high school students, their families, people who have a heart for adoption, people who want to know more about adoption and people who just want to support a good cause. Sue’s vision was to pre-sale tickets to help organize the details more effectively. Ticket prices are $15 for adults (18 and up) and $10 for kids (ages 5–17). If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, you can email Sue Lindsey at suelindsey@neo.rr.com. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do with this event. I’m already so encouraged by the outpouring of people who are wanting to help be a part of it – both people that I know and people who I don’t know. God is just amazing.

On Tuesday night I leave for North Carolina for my younger brother’s wedding. I’m so excited to see he and his beautiful fiancé share this special day. It seems like just yesterday (even though it was over 6 years ago) that I was walking down the aisle on my wedding day. At that time, Steve and I had no idea the path that God was going to lead us down. Our dreams and thoughts of what the first 5 years of marriage would be like was much different than it is now. Our dreams then pale in comparison to what God has actually done in our lives and how He has used His plans to deepen our relationship more than we could have ever anticipated.

Although our dreams began with the desire to have biological children, we never imagined the deep passion and desire we now share in walking this road of adoption, fully convinced that the baby God has for us is in an orphanage somewhere in Russia. This road has not been without pain and frustration. We often wonder why God has written this story for our lives. But at the same time, I can honestly say that the joy, peace, excitement and fulfillment that we have received from walking this path have brought us not only closer as a couple, but closer to the heart of God.

We have truly felt that God is walking before us as He leads, He is walking behind us as He strengthens, and He is walking with us as He secures us in His arms. We are so grateful that God has given us more than we could have asked or imagined in the making of our family. As always, we thank you for taking this journey with us. Thank you for crying when we cry and celebrating when we celebrate. We have been absolutely blessed beyond measure by the people in our lives.

Updates:

  • We had another small setback with getting our documents sent to Russia. There was a last second change in what they required. We are hoping by the end of the week the entire packet of documents (dossier) will finally get sent out!
  • We are so excited to have the date for our fundraising event nailed down. We hope you save the date! If you are interested in purchasing a ticket contact sue Lindsey

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that we would be able to get our dossier sent to Russia in the next two weeks. We are trying to remain positive and flexible because that is the only way to get through an international adoption!
  • Still no word from the grant organizations we applied with. Please pray they will be generous to us!
  • Pray for little St. Pete. As it continues to get colder here, it is also getting colder in Russia. Pray that our little one would be warm and healthy and held close by their caretakers.
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2 Responses to “Born in Our Hearts”

  1. msflowe said

    Hey Sweet girl,
    I get to see you TODAY! I love the title of your blog- BORN IN OUR HEARTS. What an appropriate description of St. Pete. I cannot think of a better place to be born. St. Pete is mighty blessed!
    Love,
    Mom

  2. Jane said

    Kate and Steve,
    Tears fill my eyes as I write this after reading your latest blog entry. I so agree with you that our dreams pale in comparison to what God has actually done in our lives.

    Praying for you both today as so many things are going on simultaneously in your lives… the adoption plans, your brother’s wedding, Italy, the fundraiser, your ongoing ministry. I am so thankful for both of you and pray that God will use all of this to further expand your witness to the world of his great and passionate love for us.

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