Tuesday, May 28, 2013

147 Million...Minus One: OUR HUGE NEWS

Today I have news.
And it's big.
In fact, I'd even go so far as to say it's HUGE.

If you do recall, my word for 2013 is ACTION, as in TAKE SOME.
And when I chose that word and wrote this post, this was the action I had in mind.

After over two years of thinking and praying and researching
and taking two trips to Africa
and thinking and praying and researching some more.....







Surprised?
Well, if you've been around here for a while, you know that two years I got bitten by the African bug....hard.
God REALLY changed my heart and gave me a SERIOUS place for Africa that stretches down deep into my soul. I think about Africa, I dream about Africa, and I see Africa EVERYWHERE.
But mostly, I long for the baby whose growing (or has already grown) in someone else's belly deep in the heart of Africa.

 She is OUR DAUGHTER, and we believe God knew from the very start that she would be OUR CHILD; He knew that we would answer HIS call to adopt,
 and He created this child to be a member of our little family.

It's a lot to process, I know, especially considering that I never dreamed that I'd want three children. But, God has planted a seed in my heart and revealed that this is HIS plan for our family in ways that we simply cannot deny. And now, my arms literally ache to hold my daughter...the one I haven't met yet; the one whose face I've yet to see.

Right now, there are approximately 147 MILLION orphans in the world.
 That's 147 million kiddos with no mommy,
no daddy,
 no bedtime stories,
 no Santa,
 no birthday parties,
no one there to comfort them when they cry,
and no FAMILIES.

But pretty soon, it will be 147 MILLION MINUS ONE.

Jesus loves adoption...and so do we.
In fact, us gentiles are adopted into the family of faith as sons and daughters of God.
We don't love that a child has suffered a great loss;
we do love that because Jesus first loved us, we can love another.

We are just one family trying to honor the King by being obedient to Him.

I'll be back soon with more details. 

But for today, let the prayers begin.

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25 comments:

  1. Love you!!! I am so so so excited for you and your future daughter!! So thankful I have you on this journey!

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  2. I am so excited for you and your growing family, McCall! That's one lucky little girl waiting for you in Africa. Good luck on your journey to bring her home. :)

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  3. Been waiting for this post for a long time!!! CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you and I will be praying for you and your family the whole time! Adoption takes a lot of love and a lot of patience. I pray that God blesses you with an abundance of both (even though you already have so much!). It was you who inspired me to work with adoptions and foster care and now I love it. I can't wait to meet the newest Aldridge!

    Love always,
    Molly D :)

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  4. MCCALL!!!! This is awesome news!! I love the power of adoption. I truly believe that God has arranged everything in your life in this order so you are prepared for the the child he has placed in Africa for you. Please know that my endless love and prayers are with you and your family!!

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  5. YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!! I am SO excited for you guys and will be praying with you along your journey! Can't wait to watch it all unfold according to God's wonderful plan! :)

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  6. Tiffanie LasseigneMay 28, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    What amazing news McCall-I am so happy for you and your family! I will be praying for you all as you embark on this new adventure in your lives!!

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  7. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!! So happy and excited for you!!! PRAYING!!!!!

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  8. Yayyyyyy!!! SO excited and happy for you!! Congrats, she will be one amazing and precious girl!

    So much love & blessings, Rebecca Kuntz

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  9. Congrats... such an exciting time for your family. I'll be praying for you, your growing family, and the little blessing that will eventually call you mommy! Adoption truly is such a beautiful gift!

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  10. Your words are oozing passion and excitement and I can't help but share in your joy as I read them. Bless you for being so steadfast in your faith. Your beautiful (and growing) family will be in my thoughts and prayers! Congratulations and love!!

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  11. What a great blessing for you and a gift for you daughter. I can't wait to hear more of the story and see how it all turns out. :) This is Heather Sauce Aulich.
    Thanks to Heather LeBlanc for sharing!!!

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  12. So excited to finally hear these wonderful words!! We will be praying for you all during this time!! xoxo
    Susan

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  13. WOW! That is awesome news! I love your obedient heart:) it is a rare and special quality in today's world. I can't wait to see pictures and read your updates!! Love and Blessings!!

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  14. I commented on your facebook post but thought I'd leave a comment here because my niece's blog is on my sidebar. She is the oldest of my brother's children and they brought their youngest two home from Congo last fall. I thought you might like seeing some Congo cuteness! (Her blog is Brittany's World)

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  15. OH, McCALL..... WOW!!! I love your heart for the helpless and homeless of this world. I love your always positive attitude. I love your never-ending willingness to help and serve others. I love your strength through your faith in God. I love your willingness to hear God's call on your life... and to answer it! I love your spirit.. your smile... your sacrifice... your caring... YOU! God is doing and will do mighty things through you! And your life (and this adoption) will affect and change everyone that knows you... EVERYONE! You may not see it or ever know the extent of the changes, but God knows.. and He is using you, Girlie!! Big time! Am I excited??? YES.. and I can't wait to meet the newest little member of your precious family! Praying for God's perfect timing and for God's peace for you while you await His Perfect Timing!!! love you much!

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  16. Wow! Such wonderful news!! Can't wait to hear all about it when you come up! Ours prayers go out to you and your beautiful growing family as you embark on this journey!!
    Amanda Stoeppler

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  17. So very excited for you are your family McCall! My husband and I have just recently discussed the possibility that we might adopt someday. It will be interesting to watch your journey.
    God's Richest Blessings to you! ~Hilary

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  18. Very exciting news McCall! I pray this journey is everything you hope and pray for. That little girl will be one lucky girl. :)

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  19. AHHHHHH!!! LOVE hearing this news, McCall! I am so excited for ya'll and your precious girl in the DRC! Can't wait to follow your journey to her! :)

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  20. YEA!!!!!! We are so, so, so happy for you guys, and we love you so much! Praying with excitement and anticipation!

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  21. oh mccall. this made me soooo excited when i read it!! celebrating with your family!!

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  22. Hey! I'm just now finding time to sit down and comment, but I've been rejoicing and praying for you since I saw this post come across my FB feed. :-) YAY! When you started all the Africa trips, I thought to myself it would only be a matter of time before you caught the adoption bug. ;-) You have a HUGE heart, and you know I think it's fabulous y'all have decided to build your family this way. God does AMAZING things when we say yes. HUGS and PRAYERS!!!

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  23. I'm not sure if you remember me but we met in blog land a few years ago. And I traveled some bunny trail on Instagram to get here and I'm floored by your post. Especially since God has put a lot of my people in my life who have done Ethiopian adoptions and my heart I'd opening in an area that has been closed. We adopted our oldest through fostering but international was never on my radar. And here I come to your blog and incredible God sized story...I'm immensely excited for you. Thanks for making me think and pray some more. :)

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