As much as I love tradition, our family doesn't really have any traditions for New Year's Eve. For a few years while we were dating, my husband and I went to Pasadena for the Rose Parade. For a few years, we went to a friend's house for a huge dinner with several families. For Y2K, we planned to be at my mom's house in Missouri and ended up at my brother-in-law's house in California due to a family emergency. Last year, we started what we expected to be an annual tradition - a big dinner at our house with family and friends. On December 31, 2010, we had no idea that God would turn our world upside down like He is so good at doing and exactly one year later we would find ourselves in Taipei, Taiwan picking up our newly-adopted son on New Year's Eve.
Our adoption would not be possible without our friends and family, but especially our church family. Our church has a heart for orphans like I have never experienced. Several families in our church have adopted, locally and internationally. Through this desire to help the orphans, our church created Project Nic. This is more than just a fund for families to use for adoption expenses, though it definitely does serve that purpose. It is also a network of people who have adopted or just want to help walk families through this oh-so-confusing process. Because of Project Nic and the people behind it, this little boy was put into our lives in July and we will be bringing him home in a matter of days.
As you consider your New Year's celebrations, would you consider helping Project Nic give another orphan a home and family to call his own? So many families like ours would love to bring a child into their home and call him their own, but the cost of the adoption itself is standing in their way. If we work together, we can bridge that gap.
You can click here to donate or get more information to mail in your donation. Make sure to designate your donation for Project Nic. Your donations to Project Nic are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.