Saturday, December 25, 2010

the widow's mite

We celebrated Christmas last night with my in-laws.  With 14 kids between 4 families, its always loads of fun!

There was a bit of talk about the hopes of our little girl being in the mix with all her cousins next year at this time.  My very crafty sister-in-law (who had my name) made this lovely hat for me and a matching one for our sweet girl!  So fun, and so beautiful!

We stuck around my brother-in-law's house for a bit after everyone had left.  They called their 4 kiddos (11, 8, 6, 4) in and had us take a seat.  The subject of adoption had come up in their home and they had been talking about the adoption of our daughter, their cousin.  It touched their sweet little hearts in such a big way.  So big that they busted into their piggy banks and collectively gave us a huge gift of $51.  I wept.  Our sweet nephew and nieces reached in deep to help bring their cousin home.  We consider this a huge gift.  It makes a small dent in our expenses, but it was a huge sacrifice for them to give it.

This passage immediately came to mind:

Luke 21

A Widow’s Contribution
 1Looking up, Jesus saw people, especially the rich, dropping their gifts into the temple offering box. 2He noticed a poor widow drop in two small coins. 3He said, “I can guarantee this truth: This poor widow has given more than all the others. 4All of these people have given what they could spare. But she, in her poverty, has given everything she had to live on.”

They gave of the small amount that they have...
        which clearly means so much more to Jesus (and us) than giving what can be spared.

Kiddos, thank you!  We are so blessed by your gift and the sacrifice you made for your cousin.  She will be  told of your sacrificial gift and how it helped to make her an Anthony.  Love you guys...hugs...big hugs!


  1. Hi! I am also the mother of all boys- and I have wanted to adopt since I was a child for the same reasons you give here. It is the perfect reflection of how God adopts us into His wonderful family! God has such a heart for orphans. Thank you for sharing all these things.
    I am very touched by the fact that your nephews gave for your adoption.
    I was wondering if you have any suggestions for getting extended family on board with an adoption? My in-laws are very against it... and see kids' purpose as being for the parent... like they exist to serve us... so why risk getting into an expensive situation you dont have to? They are believers so this is very hard for me. How can you stop comments like, "well your REAL children may suffer if the other child has a disability or something." Any advice?
    Also, international adoption should not cost 27,000... if so you may have not searched around enough. 27,000 is on the highest end.
    I wish you blessings and God's hand in your adoption.