phi●lan●thro●py |fəˈlanθrəpē|: the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed esp. by the generous donation of money to good causes.

“benevolence, generosity, humanitarianism,public-spiritedness, altruism, social conscience, charitableness,brotherly love, compassion, fellow feeling,humanity, kindheartedness, unselfishness, magnanimity, munificence, liberality,largesse, openhandedness, bountifulness,beneficence”

Most people first assume that if you are adopting, that you are infertile. That is not the case with us. Adoption is our primary choice.

Jamie and I have been talking about adoption for a few years now. Especially since I travelled to Rwanda in 2008 to teach sewing classes to a group of teenage girls, most of whom were survivors of the genocide. On more than one occasion, mothers tried to hand me their babies. Desperation in their eyes.

my girls

A seed had been planted; a desire solidified.

Then in the summer of 2010, adoption was coming up in our conversation more frequently, the idea getting louder and clearer in our minds and hearts. We began to research, and were being pulled by what we were learning.

After much prayer and more research, we just decided to go for it.

We can do something–provide a home, a secure future and a loving family. We can make a difference in one child’s life. And hoo knows…just maybe they’ll make a difference in ours?

“External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)

A little African sweety


§ 9 Responses to why

  • love your blog liz! I’m so excited for you guys!

  • Tanya Kalis says:

    Hi Liz & Jamie!

    I LOVE your website! It’s going to be a wonderful keepsake of your journey towards adoption :o) We have a family in our home town who have four sons, and two adopted daughters. They hope to adopt again this year :o) Here is a story they always share that reflects their heart.

    The Starfish Story

    One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
    a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
    Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
    The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
    The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
    “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
    You can’t make a difference!”
    After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
    and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…”
    I made a difference for that one.”

    I know you’re going to make a HUGE difference in the life of the child given into your care. Blessings to you and Jamie in this journey :o)



    • thezooks says:

      Hi Tanya!
      Thank you for sharing that story. It wonderfully reflects the heart of adoption. I have heard it before and even wear a starfish pendant necklace. I have a feeling the child will bless just as much as we do them =)
      Love back at ya,

  • Ashley says:

    I would really love to chat with you! I live in Edmonton and my husband and I are considering adopting from the Congo as well. I would love to know if you guys are using a coordinationg agency? If so what agency?

    Pleaes feel free to contact me at ashmahan@hotmail.com where we can maybe even meet to discuss your process.

    So excited for the two of you by the way as we are just starting the journey and I know how excited I am already.


  • wymsel says:

    I’m not sure if I’ve ever left you a note before but I just love running into other couples who’ve chosen to start their family through adoption. We couldn’t be happier with that decision ourselves!! Our little guy came home in January.

    • thezooks says:

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and say hi….nice to meet you!
      I am in love with your beautifully breezy blog and your boy…he has got to be the most well photographed baby out there!!!! Keep it coming 🙂 I even forwarded your blog to my mom and mom-in-law so it could keep them hanging in a little while longer. His photos melt our hearts…

      • wymsel says:

        Awww, thank you. That means a lot to me. And yes, he is very well photographed. 🙂 I think the wait to bring him “home” stirred a fire in me to really LIVE every moment now that he’s with us. I just want to capture all the moments I can.

  • Wendy R says:

    I’m so glad to have found your blog! I am also hoping (and praying) to adopt from the DRC. I’m located in Edmonton, and I’m so glad to be finding other people nearby that are going through the process. I see from your “Hoo” page that you have a Frenchie…I have two! 😀 I wish you all the best in your adoption. God bless!

    • thezooks says:

      Hi Wendy!
      I pray God gives you the desire of your heart and that you are able to adopt from the DRC as well. We bought our Fabulous Frenchie eddie from Newfoundland and had him flown up to Edmonton. He is a perfect fit to our family. We trust that if God can bless us so much with a dog, he can definitely do so with a child! And I believe the same will be so for you. Hey, maybe one day we can have a toddler/frenchie play date!
      All the best,

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