Tuesday, February 7, 2012

did you know...


Did you know that the abortion rate is higher than the birth rate in Taiwan?

Did you know that in Taiwan an estimated 90% of pregnancies to unwed mothers end in abortion? (source)

Did you know that only a handful of crisis pregnancy centers operate there, each supporting unwed moms who choose life for their child and each doing so in the name of Christ?

And did you know that our third child is named Zoe Amanda, is three months old, has cerebral palsy, is living in a home affiliated with one of those crisis pregnancy centers, and will be coming home as an official Dingle family member sometime this summer?

(I apologize for my little man's sullen look. He was running a fever when we took this!)
Yeah, we didn’t know any of that either until January 28th when a friend contacted us and asked us to pray about adopting Zoe. We agreed to pray, fully expecting to say no. But we prayed. And God moved our hearts and plans and minds.

This was not the timing we planned, the country we planned, the age we planned, the special needs we planned, or… well, suffice it to say, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” {Isaiah 55:8-9}

This is crazy. And exciting. We’re still in a bit of shock about all of this, but we can’t wait to meet our little girl and hold her and bring her home.

I’ll share more details in my next post, but please pray. Pray for Zoe, pray for Taiwan, pray for us. I’ll also be sharing information about specific prayer, financial, and practical support we’d appreciate (for example, anyone have a crib to spare? we don’t anymore. we thought we were done with babies in the Dingle household, so we gave that away! update: praise God, we now have a crib!), though prayer is our greatest need.

Thanks, y’all.


P.S. - If you see me around, ask to see Zoe's picture! I can't post them publicly here, but I have a couple of pictures I can share in person and via email. 



28 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Shannon!!! Congrats congrats congrats!! I can't wait to read about this journey!! I'm so excited for you and I can't wait to read the funny stories about all three of your children!

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    1. Thanks, Lindsay! I'm sure we'll have all sorts of tales to tell. Jocelyn's and Robbie's reactions have been precious, though they don't understand why we can't go get her right now. :)

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  2. Praise Jesus!!! Such exciting news!!

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    1. Thanks for praising God with us - we're excited!

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  3. Wow...I didn't know that...that is such good news. Actually like Shannon said in her post, I didn't know until we starting praying about Zoe, and God moved us to adopt her.

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  4. Yay! So awesome! Can't wait to read more of your story! Love ya!

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    1. We'll share anything we learn along the way with y'all! Excited for your family too :)

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  5. That is fantastic news! Jocelyn must be thrilled to be getting a little sister. We are praying for you guys as you get all the details squared away. How exciting!!

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    1. Thanks for your prayers, Chelsea! And yes, Jocelyn is THRILLED :)

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  6. Squeal!!!! So excited for you all and the story behind this in how GOD knits people and places together! I'll try to find you Sunday to see her picture! I will be praying for Zoe as I pray for my little one whoever she is :) - Laura Corbett

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    1. We are praying for y'all and your little one too! I'm sure we'll be talking - it's nice to know someone else who is in process right now as we are!

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  7. I DID know that... but only because I talked to you on the phone and heard about it before you posted this. :)

    Congrats again! So excited for y'all!

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    1. Smart aleck. (Which is one of the many reasons I love you!)

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  8. I love this picture. My heart is so full of joy right now just seeing all of your faces and knowing you are Zoe's family. Thank you for your willingness to be faithful. Such an amazing story :) -Georgeanna

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    1. Georgeanne, thank you for your faithfulness too. This wouldn't be happening if you hadn't been praying for her before we knew about her.

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  9. wow, shannon, that is awesome!!!! I'm so happy for you and your family and especially happy for the little girl who gets to join you all in your amazing lives! Congratulations!

    BTW, that was not where i thought this post was going at all, but it took a great turn!

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    1. Thanks, Audrey! (And I'm curious now... where did you think it was going?)

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  10. Eee! This is so awesome! I am so excited for you. Adoption is amazing. I'll be praying for you guys.

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    1. Thanks, Micaela! While you and other friends have been having babies or expecting this year, I certainly didn't expect to be joining ranks with y'all in having a baby added to our family as well. We're excited!

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  11. Oh my goodness! This is so exciting! We have friends at church who went through the same thing... only they weren't even thinking about adoption. One phone call and a few photos later, and they were on their way to Russia to get their daughter (who has special needs as well). Sometimes God is so clear that you have no choice but to say Yes!

    I will be praying, and please let us know who we can help. I don't have any furniture, but I am happy to write a check.

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    1. Oh, Jenn, you are so dear to me. We will be sharing information tomorrow or the next day about how donations can be made - today we just want to be praising Him before we launch into all that. :)

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  12. What generous, loving hearts! and how amazing to watch your family grow in this way! I already can't wait to meet zoe!!

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  13. Oh.My.Goodness! This is the best news of the century! I am thrilled all the way to my toes for you and your sweet family! What a blessing to see God's hand in your lives. Much love to you and your sweeties!

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    1. You are precious, Karen! It is really amazing to see how He's working everything together for us and for her and for His glory.

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  14. I somehow missed this awesome news last week! I am sitting here with tears in my eyes...so moved by God's incredible plans for you and your family! Praying for you all.

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  15. I am so happy to find you! We prayed and prayed over baby J. We adopted our daughter from Ukraine in 2010, she also has CP. Baby J parked herself in our hearts, and we prayed so hard for answers, and it just wasn't the right time for us (our daughter just wasn't ready for us to leave for another adoption yet).

    But here she is, with you, and I'm so glad! I cannot wait to see her home. Our blog is www.waitingforthegirl.blogspot.com and my email is justplainbeckyw@yahoo.com if you want to chat... about CP, adoption, all that goes with the two together.

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