Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Dismuke Family
Meet the Dismuke family. I "met" Heather in an online group of adopting families. She agreed to make some Red Sox bows for me so we instantly became "friends." Heather's adoption originally started about the same time as mine. Because her family got caught up in a political shutdown, they had to change countries and essentially start over. It is now looking like they will travel to meet their new daughters in January 2014.
Here is what their Reece's Rainbow profile has to say about the Dismukes:
Michael and Heather have been married for almost 8 years (has it really been that long?). They have two wonderful little girls who we cherish with all their hearts (R and S). In 2008, Heather started hinting to Michael that she wanted to adopt but Michael had many misconceptions of adoption (ex: only people who cant have children adopt). So, Heather prayed and hinted A LOT that she wanted more children and she wanted them through adoption. You see, Heather has had adoption on her heart for years. She wanted a child from every continent if God would allow her (well that is what she thought when she was a teenager). Heather prayed daily that God would open Michael’s heart to adoption. Then, the craziest thing happened, He put families who had adopted in he’s path. He saw what adoption really looks like. He saw children who had possibilities because they had a loving family. One night, while surfing the web, Heather got on the this advocacy website, Reece’s Rainbow, because one of those families that God was using to soften Michael’s heart where adopting two beautiful little ones. We identified a little girl in a country in Eastern Europe and we began the process.
Heather and her family have worked tirelessly to complete all the mountains of paperwork and meet all the requirements required--twice!! They currently have preapproval for Johanna and are hoping to get preapproval for another little girl very soon.
Can we encourage this wonderful family? Even if you can't make a donation, head over to their blog and leave an ENCOURAGING comment. Adoption is hard. It's exhausting. Encouragement and support are crucial---even when they come from complete strangers.