Everyday I see agony, pain, death.
I see my children's faces in the faces of the children on the news reports.
The resemblance hits home.
I find myself with such a gut-wrenching feeling of misery for the people there.
However, I also find myself with such huge heart felt thankfulness to the global reaction to donate, help and rescue.
Every time I see or hear of another organization (there are soooo many!) giving a percentage of the profit, or a collection being taken, or any effort of any kind by anyone....I stop and say "Awesome. Thank You."
I'm thankful to America who is Number 1 in donations to Haiti right now.
I'm thankful to the small groups and bible studies who pray and give.
I'm thankful to people like George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, the Trail Blazers, Madonna and so many other multi-millionaires who are giving to Haiti.
I'm thankful for Haitians helping Haitians. So many news reports show civilians uncovering buried civilians. One gentleman spent 3 days buried and after he got out, went out and started digging.
I'm thankful to our adoption agent LeAnne who has been sending updates from Dr. Bernard to let us know he and his wife are okay, and that the children at the orphanage are all okay.
I'm thankful to Bryn (who has spent months in Haiti) who keeps her Facebook status current with the information to which she is privy. She is still working on finding out from Dr. B where, exactly, the kids are as they are relocating them to safer structure. She's also trying to confirm the welfare of the staff at the agency. Keep trying, Bryn.
I'm thankful to the birth father, who selflessly allowed his children to leave his country, his home, his arms; to be raised and loved in my country, my home, my arms.
I'm thankful to my friend JulieBeth, an adoptive mother from the orphans of Ethiopia, who gave to the American Red Cross in honor of my girls' birth father and other children at the orphanage.
I'm thankful to my husband who gave his money and his blood to help.
I'm thankful for my 5 year old daughter who prayed and thanked God that when she gets to heaven, she will see her birth mother again.
I'm thankful to my mother who remembers that life renews itself and babies are still being born.
I'm thankful to my brother-in-law, who's missionary heart compelled him to call and ask for specific things to pray for while he worked.
I'm thankful to my friend Tiffany, an adoptive mother from the needs in the USA, who encourages others to adopt.
I'm thankful to those who have a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father who pray without ceasing. He hears. Keep praying.
All this giving... it too, hits home.
Please, leave a comment and tell me what YOU are thankful for.