Friday, May 23, 2008

Finding vs. Waiting


Waiting is passive. It is being idle and is extremely unfulfilling.

W – “WHAT IF?”

As we wait, we may stay in a constant state of “what if?”
We may put off plans and not take full advantage of our
present opportunities while we sit by the phone
waiting for that important call.


As we wait we may get restless and uneasy.
We may feel a lot of anxiety and worry about things
over which we have no control.


As we wait we may feel insecure
and doubt our capacity to parent.
We may feel unworthy and have a sense of low self-esteem.


As we wait the tension may grow.
If we are not careful contention can easily enter the home
and we may begin to blame and easily hurt each other’s feelings.


Finding is active. It is being proactive in the search for your child. It is following the principle of doing all that we can and then relying on the Lord to help all things work together for our good.


It takes faith to search for your child:
faith in prayer that Heavenly Father will guide us
and place us in the right places;
faith through fasting that we will encounter
the birthmother carrying our child;
faith that the Lord will direct our paths
and help us find our children.


The Spirit can inspire us to talk with those around us
about our desire to adopt.
As we listen to promptings and live close to the Spirit,
we can be divinely guided in our efforts.


It is beneficial to talk to everyone.
Using every possible channel to get the word out
can expand our voice and can
increase the likelihood of finding our child.


Once we have done all that we can do,
we can rely on the Lord to intervene in our behalf.
It is only through Him that all things are possible.
The Lord will direct our paths.

Taken from "Someone's Missing: Making Your Adoption Happen."
You can find the entire document here.

If you have trouble with the link, please send an email to florida.fsa

Do you have suggestions for ways to be proactive?
Please leave a comment!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mark Your Calendars!

National Families Supporting Adoption Conference

“One Miracle at a Time”

August 8-9, 2008

This year, for the first time, we are going to be able to participate in the National Families Supporting Adoption by going to Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, this conference has been held in Utah only, but this year, parts of the conference are going to be broadcast from Utah to other regional locations throughout the world. The southeast region, which includes Florida, will meet in Atlanta.

The conference will being on Friday, August 8th with a temple session in the Atlanta temple. Following the temple, there will be a dinner and evening speaker. On Saturday, August 9th, the keynote address and commissioner’s message will be broadcast from Salt Lake, followed by workshops in the afternoon. The conference will take place at the LDS Church by the Atlanta Temple, and there are hotel accommodations very nearby as well.

Registration for this event will be done online through the Georgia LDS Family Services office, and we will provide for information about that as it become available. Watch your email for updates! They will also send hotel information. At this time there is no plan for group accommodation rates, so you may wish to make your own arrangements. Daycare will be provided for both days of the conference.

We hope you will plan to attend this Families Supporting Adoption conference in Georgia. It would be exciting to see as many Florida FSA members as possible at this historic event!