When adopting a Waiting Child a family can go through a roller-coaster of emotions in the process. It’s important for Waiting Child Families to value the difference they are about to make in a child’s life.Not only does your forever child become a blessing to your family but you are a blessing for them. Your unconditional LOVE for this child you have never met is going to change their life forever. Just a little LOVE can make a difference. Let’s take a look at the Smith family and little Miss Bella.
The Smith’s Story
Several years ago we knew that we were being called to adopt a special needs child. What it would look like, where the child would be from, and what special need the child might have was still uncertain to us. All we knew was that we were going to be bringing another child into our family to add to our already overflowing LOVE.
Our biological daughter was born without her left arm. Upon finding out she would be born without an arm lots of emotions took their course. Well, October of 2004 we were blessed with a beautiful and healthy baby girl and our lives were forever changed. We knew we would have some struggles and trials, but we also knew we would always overcome. Honestly we forget that she doesn’t have an arm. She does everything that any other child does, but maybe in just a different way. Through experiencing what she has overcome we knew that anything was possible.
After praying for the child God was going to bring into our family, we knew the minute we saw Bella that she was ours. The feeling in the pit of my stomach told me so. We started paperwork right away. Did we know exactly what it was going to be like to have a child missing both legs, no. Did we know that with God and with LOVE we could overcome anything, yes!
Almost a year later I would have to say Yes she has overcome. She is now walking on her own and soon I know she will be running! Was everything always easy? Of course not, but with LOVE you can overcome. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. How beautiful LOVE is!
The children on the Waiting Children list are waiting for their forever family. If you feel you are being called to adopt take that leap of faith. Your lives and these beautiful children’s lives will forever be changed and filled with much more LOVE.
Sweet Bella was adopted last year at the age of two and a half from China. She has been in the U.S. for almost a year now! She was born with severe deformities to her lower limbs and digit deformities. She could get around by crawling, and knew no different.
Two Christmas’ ago the Smith family knew Bella was destined to be a part of their family, they knew that together both family and Bella they were going to be able to help one another. She is a happy sweet girl that has always been extremely adaptable and a beautiful addition to the Smith family. In just under one year Bella has not only moved to the U.S. to be with her forever family, but she has also received two prosthetic legs.
The Smiths have worked diligently in moving Bella along and helping her to adapt to her life in the U.S. She has been immersed in a loving home with fabulous parents and loving siblings. It is amazing the LOVE these parents have for this sweet little girl and to see everything they are willing to do for her.