Sunday, February 27, 2011

“What do you have to show for it in 10 years?”

The other morning, as I was laying in bed, the idea for this post came to me.  I would have posted it yesterday (as the goal has been to post something on my blog each day this month) – but, unfortunately, I ended up with the flu.  Ugh!  Anyway - - -

In the fall of 1998, my best friend Sue and I were working the Home & Garden Party booth at the local fair.  We saw a lady pushing a little Asian girl in a stroller. Sue knew that I had a heart for adoption (and we had lost a baby the year before due to an ectopic pregnancy).  She really encouraged me to strike up a conversation with the lady. 

She gave me the name of the adoption agency she had used – we ended up using that same agency for Gracie’s adoption.  But, something she said really stuck with me.  She said “You could go out and spend the same amount of money on a new car; but what would you have to show for it in 10 years?” 

I talked the other week about our van, and the fact that we’re going to need to replace it.  Thinking of that reminded me of the conversation I had at the fair.  It all came back to me.  In October of 2000, Brian and I traveled to Vietnam to adopt Gracie.  During that same time, my parents bought the van. 


10 years (and a few months) later, though it still looks just fine, we really don’t have much to show for the van.  However, we have this:

winter 2010 126

Sure, adoption is a big expense.  It might require some juggling of the finances, and some sacrifices.  But, let me be the first to tell you, IT’S WORTH IT!  So much more worth it than any car!

(I’m dating this post for yesterday – because I had good intentions!)


Tristan said...

Children are always worth any sacrifice. It amazes and humbles me to see the lengths some families go to get the children God has waiting for them - sometimes on the other side of the world!

Sheri said...

well said sister! I think you got the better end of the deal with your money! :0) What a lovely young lady! Hope you feel better-

Orange * Hero * Mama said...

What an absolutely wonderful post! :)

The Unsell Family said...

Beautiful post, Heidi!

Debbie said...

Amen to that! I like your question--what will you have to show for your money in 10 years?

Lis said...

Matthew 6:19-21
We know what YOUR treasures are, Heidi.:)
Excellent post

Jodi said...

Ok, LOVED this post! And, I love that sweet daughter of yours, she is one in a million. And so are you, I'm so happy for you and your beautiful, precious family. I love adoption happy ending stories. Definitely priceless!

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