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Love and Hope

Posted by on December 4, 2012

One of the most common barriers people mention when discussing an adoption is the cost. It’s true: the cost involved with adopting a child internationally can be quite high. When Varun and I decided to adopt, we tightened our belts and began praying for provision. You know what’s awesome? So far God has provided for us in amazing ways!

I mentioned this once before, but I’d like to share a bit more in-depth about some of the ways we’ve been supported in our adoption. In September, I was introduced to Chantel, the lovely lady behind Once Was Lost. As she and her husband journeyed toward adoption, they noticed a lack of fundraising opportunities for Canadian families. So Chantel decided to put her creativity to work and design products with messages of hope that support adoptive families. In fact, she gives 50% of the proceeds to her affiliates for their adoptions.

Recap. Someone I’ve never met makes shirts and bracelets and bags and gives 50% of the proceeds to our adoption agency in our name. A-Mazing!

Not wanting you to have all the fun, last week I bought the anchor bracelet. I love it! (Please excuse the awkward hand photo. Apparently taking photos with my left hand is not a skill I have. #notahandmodel)

I love this bracelet! Every time I look at it I think of our to-be-child, maybe with a bit of the affection a preggo Mama uses to stroke her growing belly. Certainly with a lot of love and prayers.

As Varun secured it to my wrist, he noted that it was ‘vintage’. If you know Varun, you know this is a not a word he uses. The bracelet is just that awesome. And as the enclosed card notes, the purchase of my bracelet helps to bring ‘an orphan home’. And, it reminds me of a Bible verse “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19). Hope for orphans AND a vintage bracelet. Win, win!

When I mentioned this a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure what the response would be. Imagine my surprise when three of my friends posted a story about Varun and I as well as the Once was Lost link on their own blogs. I’ve been overwhelmed by the purchases made by friends, the ‘I’m wearing a necklace I bought in your name’ texts and the retweets in support of Once was Lost. [I have the coolest friends]

If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out our adoption story at Once was Lost.

And if you’re still Christmas shopping, buy something from Once Was Lost! If you put ‘Varun and Amelia Rana’ in the ‘note to seller box’, you’ll be helping us to bring our little one home!


As we washed dishes last night, Varun and I reflected on the adoption journey. We realized that the financial aspect of adoption hasn’t been a burden–it’s actually been an amazing opportunity to receive love, and to let friends and family and strangers love on our little one.

3 Responses to Love and Hope

  1. Gayle

    “4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” Ephesians 1:4-6

    Just as we have been chosen by Him who loved us, so your new little one has been chosen for you from before time began.

    Enjoying hearing your journey unfold, in a way that is amazing and grace-ful. I enjoy hearing of your experiences and emotions, and your prayers for your new little one, it gives me insight into some of what my own folks must have experienced on their journey into adoption, even though it wasn’t international!


  2. Tim Chan

    This is an awesome organization, I’m so encouraged to hear Chantel putting her creativity and business skills to such an important cause. What a beautiful example of using business to do more than just make money.

  3. Save My Relationship

    This is an amazing thing you guys have started, and I would love to contribute to it. The fact that people are still putting their hopes in the joy of this world is enlightening. Living in this era of financial distraught and depression, when life is nothing but the question of survival from day to day; its people like you who make us believe again in the joys of this world. Adoption does not only allow the society to get yet another child safely into a family, it allows a couple to feel like a family and in return transmit some love into the society. In today’s times, every bit helps!

Thoughts? I love hearing from you!