Guys. We are having so much fun running an online auction on Instagram! So many amazing souls have donated items (that are truly wonderful items) and we have so many bids! Go check it out @helpbringjeremiahhome on Instagram! Bid on something and have fun shopping for a great cause (bringing my babe home!)

My deep gladness.

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Frederick Buechner

I’m not very brave. There, I said it. I second-guess a lot of what I do; I don’t make rash decisions; I barely do anything on a whim and I think through every major decision like it will kill me if I get it wrong.  With adoption, I’ve felt a sense of peace and a knowledge that did not cause me to act like my normal wishy-washy self. Sure, I second-guessed timing and asked God to be so clear about 1 million times. But, there was this deep sense that I just knew this was it for our little family. 

Last November, we gave our closest friends a card to share the news that we were adopting.  The card read something along the lines of: “Somewhere in a far away land, there is a birthmom who will carry a baby. Through adoption, that Little One will find his/her family here, with us. That Little One will be our Little One. We are adopting from Ethiopia!” As I wrote that to each of my closest friends, I knew the Lord was saying, “This is true, Kristi, this is a part of your story. Your love for kids, especially orphans, meets here with a need in Ethiopia. These two worlds collide in a redemption story.” 

Yes, I needed to be brave and do what the Lord called us to do. But, the Lord gave me a calling that I dearly love.  So many people have already said things along the lines of “what a great thing you guys are doing!” and yes, adoption is a great thing.  I echo the thankfulness to adoptive families around the world, because it’s tough stuff.  But, it’s not a great thing or just a brave thing that adoptive parents do.  I don’t feel like I just “have to do this because God told me to.”  We aren’t rescuers; we, in fact, have been rescued by a great God that allows us to live the dream as we grow in Him. My deep gladness will be found in becoming a mother to our child. God gifts me my deep gladness! 

We are just rejoicing over here in the Clements’ household.  We celebrated my brother’s wedding this weekend and I can’t wait to see my Little One cutting a rug with my family at future weddings.  We are almost finished with our Homestudy process (just one more appointment!) and we are a day closer to knowing and loving on our little peanut!  We thank you for your love, support, emails, prayers, cards, financial help, and spreading the word to others to pray for us, as well.  We can’t describe our gratitude to you all.  We’ll keep you updated!