Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pass it Along

Almost four years ago, Callie came to our family.  Her adoption story is one of the best experiences of my life, and holding her for the first time is among the happiest days of my life.  While we were "waiting" for her, we created a pass along card of sorts.  We placed those in Christmas cards, and it was through that card that a friend thought of us for a birthmother and her baby.  Living states apart, we were connected through one. little. pass along card. 

As many of you know, we are going through the adoption process again. We have been encouraged by LDS Family Services (our adoption agency) to seek out our child.  In an attempt to do so, we created our family pass along cards with our picture and information about our family on the back of our cards.

If you would like to be a part of this process with us, we encourage you to take a pass along card (or more) and keep it in your wallet or purse. If ever you feel prompted by the Spirit, pass our card along.  It may not be a birthmother who you talk to, but maybe it's a friend of a friend and you feel that little prompting to pass our information along.  I don't know.  All I do know is that Heavenly Father, as intimately involved as He is, requires that we do our part as well.  This is a small way for us to do our part -- or, have you all help in our part. 

I equate it to when I was a missionary.   I knew there were people ready to hear the gospel.  I knew that the Lord was aware of those people and we would find them.  I also knew that at times, there seemed to be n o t h i n g  for us to do.  So, we'd knock on doors in between appointments.  We'd talk to the people on the street.  We'd do whatever we could try to get the word out that we were here to show the Lord that it was important to us and we were willing to work...and we'd work until we found that 1 person who was ready for us.

Here we are.  Willing to work.  We are trying to get the word out that we are here to love and raise a little boy or girl in our family ~ the little girl or boy that He has for us.  And, we are passing along cards.  Truly Heavenly Father was involved in Callie coming to our home, and we know He is involved currently as we seek out the child He has designated for our family. It’s an incredible thing to be a part of ~ creating eternal families.  Can you think of any better missionary work than creating eternal families?

If you'd like some cards to keep in your wallet, let me knowWe'll happily send some to you.  Share them with your friends, family, ward members, etc.  Whoever you feel would be receptive to hearing about a family ready for their baby.

Enjoy the week leading up to Christmas.  May you be surrounded by love and joy as you spend time with your own family and friends. 

Marcus, Jenny, Samantha, and Callie


ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Any child would be BLESSED to be welcomed in to your home! And s/he would have two of the cutest big sisters ever. :)

The Bobos said...

Hey Jenny! I'd love some of your pass along cards. I think that's a great way to get the word out. I went off Facebook but my email is Merry Christmas and much love to your cute family!

: ) said...

Yes, Jenny please send some pass along cards, so Moma, Lisa, Gabe, Eli, Cherie and I can carry them with us.

Shian said...

Jenny, our little Anya came to us through Kelly is a free facilitator for special needs kids. She usually sends out multiple situations each day. There is a little bit of everything. I'd love to tell you more if you're interested. It worked for us in just a few months, but of course, it depends on where the Lord is leading you. Thought I'd share. shian.baldwin(at)

p.s. your pass along cards are super cute!

Blandine said...

I doesn't really matter what I think on this, because I don't live in the States anyway, but if I did, I would never encourage adoption from an agency that so blatantly deters first mothers to parent their kid.

I have no doubt that you are great parents, but I also believe that the best way to support and help kids is to provide the necessary conditions for them to grow up within their families. How can one tragedy (the loss of a child) of a family make up for the tragedy (infertility) of another one??


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