I didn't see it coming.
The amazing response for Tommy candles.
I had hoped, of course,
that we might raise a couple of hundred dollars.
things have happened
that I did not anticipate.
Readers sent money
and didn't want me to spend one penny of it
on candle wax or jars.
"Just give them the money, please."
Others ordered Tommy candles in bulk.
Sometimes it was just one or two.
I've even been approached about purchasing
12 ounce jelly jar candles
with the proceeds going to
At the latest count
more than 230 candles have been sold.
The ladies at the post office and I have
bonded every day....
except for the day of the hurricane.
Not only have we bonded but now they
are sharing the story.
One clerk was asking me to verify details
for her again as she was trying to tell
others what was going on.
God must really love Tommy.
Because He is spreading the word.
our money is a good thing.
But even more powerful is every opportunity
to share about the things God is doing
in that Eastern European Orphanage.
As I write this big changes are
happening within the walls of a former
house of suffering.
Children are now being fed.
Diapers are being changed.
Children are just beginning to thrive.
the best thing in the world would be if we could
just get them all out of there and into loving
But, God is on that too.
More and more families are finding these
I read the blogs of two of these families
regularly. It is interesting to see the impact
of bringing these children home.
There is a commitment that is to be admired.
There are also challenges to work through.
The story does not end when the families walk out the
doors of that orphanage.
In reality it has just begun.
These children have to learn how to accept love.
How to give love.
How to recognize their own family members
as uniquely theirs.
I am struck by the differences in
The parental personalities.
And how God has chosen
children with very differing needs
to match up with those personalities.
The hardest thing in the real life of being the
friend of the family is knowing that as much
as I would want to connect with one brought
home I must wait.
At times it feels uncaring.
Watching a Mama put her own lunch to the side
for hours as she teaches her young one
how to eat.
It would be so easy to jump in and
offer to help.
But this would be detrimental to the
That sacrifice is one the Mama wants to make.
One that she needs to make.
She must be the one to meet the needs of
this darling daughter, every time, for a long time.
Long enough that it is very clear that
this Mommy and Daddy are hers.
That they are not going away.
as a "doer"
what is one supposed to do?
For more information about
adoption in Eastern Europe
I encourage you to get lost in either
of these blogs.
A family in Alaska who adopted two children
with no obvious physical challenges.
Their emotional and bonding issues are very real.
Our friends here in Lancaster County
who fell head over heels in love with two
children with serious medical needs.
One we have met.
One we very much look forward to meeting.
Thank, so much, for bearing with this very long post.
My heart is full to overflowing at the evidence
of God's love for those
that others just wanted to
Life is so precious.