even though one would hope this isn't entirely true, there is no doubt that there is great power in those little 5-8 minute videos set to music. the images, the words, the music, all have an almost intoxicating effect on me. and though i would never wish that anyone would make an emotional decision based on a movie, i do want to acknowledge their power.
the reason i'm posting this video isn't to make you feel guilty or weepy, its to make you aware. aware that the statistics are staggering. aware that there is a real, concrete need, and i feel, responsibility. a responsibility for people everywhere to know what is going on outside our white picket fences.
this next sunday is orphan sunday. as anna reminded me yesterday in her blog 'children don't get to choose the life they are born into.' i know adoption isn't for everyone, there are times when i doubt whether or not its for me. but i do know this-- at the risk of sounding cheesy i will say that god LOVES these children. like really loves them. and there is no reason why each pair of piercing brown eyes you see in this video should not have a mom or dad that loves, cherishes, provides for and adores them.
this video was made by a local couple here in SLO who brought their baby boy home two years ago. they made it for the agency we are using for our adoption and much of the footage is shot where our son will come from.
its all kinds of AMAZING. but i'm just warning you, it brings the tears in a big way. tears of joy mostly, tears of pain, but for me, mostly tears of anticipation. i cannot wait to hold him.
in any event, brace yourself. its beautiful.
'one adoption won't change the world, but it will change the world for one child.'
-AAI mission statement