To Bring Home Their Son…..
The other day I was browsing facebook, when a post from an old Mops (mothers of preschoolers) friend caught my attention. Crystal was selling organic, heart shaped lotion bars to aid in raising money to adopt a child from Ukraine. I was just about ready to order several bars when God laid it on my heart to do more….I needed to tell their story to the world (or at least as many people as I could!!)
Adoption has never been something that I’ve been called to do, but seeing Crystal and her family’s passion for their son that they haven’t even met, makes me bubble up inside and get teary eyed. Crystal and her husband, Garth have three biological children, but knew in their hearts that their family wasn’t quite complete. On her blog, Crystal says, “There were literally nights in the last five years where I would wake up with tears trailing down my face, climb out of bed, prostrate myself on the floor and PRAY for MY CHILD that I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, was out there. Were they warm, were they fed? This is what was plaguing my mind.”
Crystal and her family have a specific seven year old boy they want so badly to be theirs, but unfortunately in Ukraine, they will not know who they will adopt until they get there. They trust in the Lord to provide them with the son they desperately love, but are ready with open arms to embrace any child. After spending an hour with them at their home on Saturday, I would want them to adopt me! Seriously, just take a look, you will fall in love with them too!
I knew adoption was expensive, but I really had no idea how expensive. Crystal and her family have to raise around $27,000 to bring home their son (that’s definitely not chump change!). To help with this expense, Crystal has been making heart shaped lotions and selling them to friends and family. The lotion comes in a beautiful little tin with the words, “God sets the lonely in families. Psalm 68:6” They are $6 dollars each and can be ordered through Crystal’s Etsy shop here
. The ingredients are: organic beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, grape seed oil, bergamot essential oil, lavender essential oil, ylang ylang oil, and vitamin E (yep, all organic!)
Before I left Crystal’s house, her daughter Claire was carrying around a cute, wooden box. Claire has been doing chores and saving all of her money to put in her “adoption box”. She even donated her money she received from the tooth fairy!! If a child can have such a big heart…can’t we? Please consider helping out the Sponseller family, I know you will be blessed…and a little boy will find his way home!
You can read more about their adventure and donate directly to them on Crystal’s Blog, openheartsopenhands.blogspot.com