June 27, 2019
Today's blog post is extra special. I'm going to introduce you to the amazing Colfack family and tell you why their story stopped me in my tracks.
Here we go! Meet the Colfack family!
I asked Melissa to introduce her family, and here's what she had to say...
We are the Colfack family. My husband Rex and I have been married 23 years. We have 3 biological children; two boys (21 and 17) and a girl (15). In 2015 and 2017 we added two precious girls from China with Down Syndrome to our family. Our family was perfect AND complete, or so we thought. When we traveled in 2015 to bring our daughter home we had the opportunity to visit her orphanage. During our time there we met a little boy that not only grabbed our attention but also our heart strings. We went home talking about him to everyone...how amazing he was and how we wished we could have brought him home with us. When we asked our agency about finding out more about him they told us it was impossible without his name and date of birth. However, even after our second daughter came home, we still couldn't stop thinking about him. This time our new agency was willing to help. With only a picture we had taken when we met him, our agency found him and obtained his file, new pictures and videos. Our hearts broke as we read about how he has waited all these years for a family because he has a rare diagnosis of Tuberous Sclerosis. We spent the next few months learning all we could about his diagnosis. We prayed and prayed until we felt a strong peace that he was meant to be our son and we would not let his diagnosis stand in our way! We have spent the last year on the roller coaster of adoption working tirelessly to do everything we could to get our boy home. Soon he will be home in our arms where we can give him all of the love and care that he needs and deserves.
Pretty incredible. So much determination. So...Much...L O V E !
Okay, I have to show you this cutie pie! He's getting ready to turn 12. :)
This is the 7th adoption Dressie Jessie Smocking has supported. Getting an inside look into the adoption journeys of these amazing families is such a blessing, but this time, it's extra special. Here is why....
My brother-in-law, Joseph, had Tuberous Sclerosis (which briefly, is a complex genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous noncancerous tumors in many parts of the body). The youngest of five children, he died when he was 8 years old. Here is my mother-in-law with all 5 of her babies (circa 1981). My husband, Rhett, is holding Joseph.
This blog post is not meant to be sad...actually, quite the opposite. Joseph's memory and legacy lives on....he is my connection to the Colfack family, and I am truly humbled to support them (even in the smallest of ways) in the adoption of their son.
Proceeds from ALL sales this weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) will go to help offset their travel expenses. They are set to travel at the end of July which is SO close! Their son is almost home!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading and thank you for your support of this ministry. I truly don't have words to adequately express my appreciation.
June 28, 2019
Such a special connection this time! I love your caring, giving, loving heart!
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Shortly after Dressie Jessie Smocking began, my eyes and heart became open to the beauty of international adoption. My life has been blessed beyond measure as I watch this community of families open their hearts and homes to orphans around the world. (And to me, that's what they are...a community. The love and support they show one another is the most beautiful thing. It truly is).