2023 is the year of the water rabbit, which predicts beautiful things like hope, peace and prosperity.
Chinese New Year is quickly approaching and we can already smell the Jiaozi steaming! Delish! This is a time for family to gather and enjoy the foods that bring good luck. It’s also the time for all of us to take a break from working, to rest and gather new energy for this new year. Make sure you sweep the house to get rid of all the bad luck and make space for new adventures.
Rest. Gather. Eat. Clean.
Sounds like the perfect recipe for hope, love and connection! Madison will be ready for this year with our mission to bring “Hope, Love and Connection by serving children, individuals, and families in the areas of adoption, foster care, and support services.” We know that 2023 is going to bring new families together and we are so excited to journey with you this year.
We all have different motivations for adopting. It can be to expand your family, begin your family, œsave a child, to give a child a future a hope a dream. But what if the reason God called us to adoption is to stretch us beyond our capacity?
Each and every child God creates is a gift. Whether a baby, toddler, school aged, or aging out each child can teach us a little something about ourselves or even grow us beyond ourselves. Perhaps we are called to adoption because we were set apart? We may not have the fancy degrees, tons of money, a palace to live in, or the best upbringing ourselves but what if that’s why we are called? If God calls us to follow him in obedience perhaps we are chosen for a reason. God doesn’t choose the proud and mighty but the humble in spirit. We may think we aren’t the ideal parents that maybe we won’t raise our children properly because we don’t have it all figured out. Not that I’m an expert in psychology but from what I have gathered none of us have it all figured out. I believe that’s where we go beyond ourselves and trust in God. The one who calls you to it will see you through it.
I would encourage you today that if you or someone you know is considering adoption to take a moment to pray and ask for guidance. Every child is valuable and I believe every obedient parent to God’s call is valuable as well!
The Year of the Monkey is here and MAA is ready to celebrate!
We are inviting all adopting and adoptive families to join us on Sunday, February 7, 2:00-6:00 pm at Limestone Presbyterian Church. There will be games, food, and crafts. Please come with a potluck item to share.
Please join us for the adoption reunion and orphan hosting picnic on Saturday, July 11th from 11 am to 2 pm at Rochester Community Park in Rochester, Illinois. You will have the opportunity to meet orphans from China who will be in the United States for a month. These children are all in need of adoptive families, so please spread the word to anyone who may be interested in attending. This picnic will also be an adoption reunion for all adoptive families. Most of the adoptive families will have children adopted from China or the Philippines, but all are invited to attend. Families will need to bring their own food, drinks and table service. We also recommend bringing your lawn chairs in case there is not enough room at the picnic tables. Madison Adoption Associates Director, Aleda Madison, and Associate Director, Diana Bramble, look forward to seeing you there!
THE FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ADOPTED CHILD REUNION IN BRANSON MISSOURI
The Incredible! Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus has been hosting an Adopted Chinese Child Reunion for more than 10 years in both Branson, Missouri and Pidgeon Forge, Tennessee. This year, in recognition of the loving generosity of American families who have opened their home, arms and hearts to children from all over the world we have expanded our reunion to all families with internationally adopted children.
The International Adopted Child Reunion activities will be held at the Yakov Smirnoff Theatre in Branson, Missouri on July 18, 2015, beginning with activities for the whole family including international games, crafts and demonstrations. Lunch will be provided at the theatre and there will be more activities after lunch, culminating with the Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus Show at 3:00.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Branson Towers Hotel. The rate of $65 per night plus tax, for 2 adults and up to 3 children per room will be available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 17 -19, 2015. For room reservations call Misty Mulkey at the Branson Towers at 417-336-4500. Be sure to say you are with the International Adopted Child Reunion.
, If you live in Illinois or Missouri and would like to learn more about hosting a child from China or Philippines, please contact Michelle@MadisonAdoption.org.
The exact dates are not set at this time, but the children will most likely be here during the month of July 2015. , Only families living in Illinois or Missouri can host because of the required supervision and group events.
Families are also needed to host the adults who accompany the children. , This is a great way to help the children, who cannot travel without these chaperones!