"When I was 18, I had the chance to go to India on a mission trip. The first thing that hit me upon my arrival was all the children there. Not just children in general, but children who were homeless and living on the streets. One encounter I had was with a little boy who had no arms and no legs. According to my host, this little one had his arms and legs cut off by a "pimp" type individual. Having the boy this way would manipulate compassion into people to give the little boy money for food to live. His pimp however, would give the little boy just enough to eat and keep the rest of the money for himself. As I picked this little boy up, my heart was broken and horrified at this situation.
When I started dating my now husband Andy (15 years ago), I told him that it was in my heart to adopt all of my children. I wanted to be a part of giving children who had no home, the opportunity to have a mommy and a daddy, and not have to live a life like the little boy in India.
Since then it has always been our aim to adopt. We always said our first child will be adopted and then we can proceed from there. After Tysen, we felt God challange us if we would adopt all our children - we have gladly proceeded with a big YES! We are passionate about this and we believe we will be a voice for others to encourage, challange, and inspire them to adopt.
In 2006, we adopted our son Tysen from South Korea. The last 5 years have been life changing as he has changed our life forever. The adoption process took 18 months at times it became exhausting. The cost of it being $20,000 in itself stretched our faith in God well beyond what we had imagined, but in the end, after fund raisers, friends selling items on EBay, offerings, stock donations, etc...God provided every penny.
About 5 months ago, we found ourselves in the ER at 1 am in the morning. Tysen had a 106.7 degree temperature, which to my understanding is close to brain damage and even death. By the grace of God we made it through the night as the doctors restored Ty's temp to normal. The next day, I found out that I had just had a miscarriage. It was a very exhausting and emotional fall season.
We haven't aimed to prevent having our own children, but the miscarage and not getting pregnant was not the main reason for adoption - It is who we are and what we long passionately to do.
About a month ago, we had really been praying about pursuing a second adoption. In the midst of this, Tysen began to appeal to us saying he wanted a sister that looked like him. He said he wanted to take a van and go to Korea and get about 10 kids who needed a family and bring them back home to live with us. After much family conversation, we applied again for adoption and received our acceptance package in early January 2011.
Things were going well until last week, when our agent (who is a wonderful lady that helped us with Ty's adoption), emailed me saying, “I wanted to mention that South Korea now requires you to have almost all the $30,000 for the adoption fees, in your bank account showing you can afford it.” For Tysen, we had been allowed to gradually pay and raise the funds over an 18 month period. But now we are targeting in on an April 30th target date of raising the $30,000. Basically about 3 months. This would not seem like such a desperate thing, but one additional piece of information from our agent is that Korea is looking to close their adoption program @ the end of 2011 (unless you are already in process), and that our agency is taking limited applicants. Currently, we are one of those applicants. But we need to keep our adoption moving forward and we look too passionately, with the hand of God do everything we can to raise this $30,000 and bring our little baby home.
You may ask any questions you want. We are an open book for the world. Thanks again for your heart towards our lives and this adoption. We are eternally grateful. Much Love - Andy, Rachel & Tysen Miller"
After hearing that they wanted to adopt again Alissa, from the blog/Etsy store Rags To Stitches Boutique decided to put a call out to the blogging community for help. Alissa has generously put together a raffle to raise money for the Miller's adoption. More about that to come!
The Miller's have decided that whether they are blessed with a boy or a girl, they want to name their little one Paxton, and so The Paxton Project was born!
Along with my own contribution of items from my Etsy store to the raffle, I designed a button for The Miller Family and the cause. Here it is:
Do you want to get involved? Here's How:
Here are a couple sneak peaks of some I've heard are already involved in donating to the raffle, there's more to be added, and LOTS of great stuff to bid on:
Abstract Grace (!)
The raffle will be held from Monday, February 28 - Friday, March 4, 2011
This is where you all come in, dear friends.
If you'd like to participate - first of all, let me say a huge thank you. Please contact Alissa at email@example.com and she will send you all the details for how to get involved.
Prayer Support - I truly believe God has His hand on this whole event, but any and all prayer support that God will provide for this family through this raffle would be so amazing.
Spread the word - Please email the link to this post to all your family and friends letting them know about this event, blog about this upcoming event, tweet about it, facebook about it, and I'd love it if you'd add The Paxton Project button on your blog (you can grab the button on the side of my blog page).
Ready to donate? - Alissa has added a "Donate Now" button to the upper right corner of her blog. If you feel led and want to donate money to help this family, please feel free to do so by clicking on the "Donate Now" button. Your financial support is so appreciated.