Wednesday, November 20, 2013

'Stuck'-on Netflix

Jon and I just watched a movie via Netflix 'Stuck'. If you are someone who is curious about adoption in any way, this documentary is incredibly informative, and well made. There were so many times that our eyes welled up with tears. To see the numbers, the statistics, the ever growing amount of children in orphanages is overwhelming. Overwhelming to the point that everybody-you-me-we all must do something. You can adopt internationally. You can adopt locally. You can give the gift of a safe and loving home to a foster child. You can advocate for an adopting family financially. You can pray fervently for your heart and others to see that this-"And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. Matthew 18:5- is not just an idea, it is a literal calling from Christ. May we be a people of action, rooted out of a deep love for Him.
As I sit here and write, my two daughters are upstairs tucked snug in their beds. And my child, the one that Christ has chosen for our family, is across the world. And the more I feel completely out of control, the more I learn to rely on Him.
Please continue to pray for smoothness in the process, and peace for our little one!

The Pattersons

Monday, November 4, 2013

We are thankful for Centerpoint Church.

So this month my goal was to write something I was thankful for everyday until Thanksgiving (via facebook). I already missed a day, Day #3. Can I just say that my weekend was so jam packed full of God's gifts that I didn't even have time to write! So instead of writing an extremely long status, Day #3 deserves a blog entry! So here it is, a day late!
This past Saturday, Jon and I left the girlies with Nana and Papa and headed down to Maryland. It was a seven hour drive, full of pod-casts and gummy bears. We were headed down to visit Centerpoint Church in Annapolis for their Sunday morning services, to share our adoption story. The whole thing was crazy wonderful! The church family was completely welcoming. We spent the night with the beautiful Sanchez family who were incredibly thoughtful. I saw Leslie Howard, who shared this opportunity with Jon and I in the first place. We are forever thankful for her thoughtfulness. I met Jaclyn Holmes, the director of Love Gives- . We also had the privilege of spending time with Pastor Donnie and his wife Jennifer. They are doing amazing things for God's kingdom. Not only is the church financially blessing us, their encouragement an prayers are felt. We are completely humbled that these people who did not even know us, have come behind us. The adoption process can really be scary sometimes in the unknown moments, Christ heard our prayers
and answered them through Centerpoint Church.