If this Christmas all of your children were under the same roof, I hope you cherished every moment. I hope your day was filled with new memories, and old traditions. I hope peace and comfort surrounded you and yours. But, if you spent this Christmas with a child-shaped hole in your heart, know that you were not alone. Know that your grief of time lost, that full heart and those empty arms are so real and not at all misplaced. You are not ungrateful for what you do have, just because you are missing what you don't have. My prayer is that very soon, so many broken hearts will begin to mend as children come home, and new families are born. Dynamics may change, patience may be tested, old hurts may begin to surface in new ways, but the love of a family will be there to begin to fill in those cracks.
If you have been following our journey, you know that we may be able to travel to meet our boy in person for the first time VERY soon! As soon as the end of January! But we really need your help. New fees for our son in country have gone up, way up. His monthly care is now $700 per month, and that does not include his monthly care packages or any extra medical visits he may need. Our little guy is doing well, but he has had pneumonia, anemia, and continues to need special care. We also will be making two trips, instead of the one trip we had originally planned on when we started this journey a year ago. We are very blessed that Grace Haven ministries has started a fundraising page for us, where you can make a tax deductible donation to help with these expenses. You can read a little about our journey so far here, and make a donation if you are lead to. There are also raffling off a 50 inch LCD TV that was so graciously donated to us by another local adoptive family! We are so thankful to that precious family that chose to bless us, a family they had never even met! God is good, and He loves our baby boy! http://gracehavenhome.com/families/the-burleigh-family/
We ask for your prayers for our son while he waits and for our journey to him! Please pray that our fundraising efforts will be successful and that we would be able to make the journey to see him very soon!