Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Nalley Family ~ 31 Families of HOPE: Day 13

Meet the Nalley Family!: Jonathan & Tara Nalley and Masha

Tara, what first tugged on your heart about the Fatherless?

I always said, even as a little girl that I wanted to adopt. Once in the process I realized there was a name for it-"the adoption gene." As I got older and married I would often say "if I can't have children biologically I'll understand why God put adoption on my heart. It took a few years before God kicked me and told us adoption was not our "Plan B" but our "Plan A" right from the beginning. Once we submitted to Gods will, caring for the Fatherless was natural. I could *see* their faces just asking for help and it would bring me to tears.

Tell us one unique thing about your family/ministry.

We are currently adoption associates with our agency and we try to stay as active as possible in orphan care and adoption related events in and around our area.

What was one challenge either before, during or after your child(ren) came home?

One challenge was not knowing many people intimately that had adopted or had a heart for it. We felt quite isolated in the beginning, but The Lord brought dear friends to us who were going through the same struggles and ultimately He gave me siblings who decided to adopt as well. We have a close knit support group now!

If you could tell a family that was considering adoption one bit of advice what would it be?

The one concern I hear all the time is about money. I understand that concern because we struggled too and are struggling once again as we strongly desire to adopt more children. The one piece of advice that I believe whole-heartedly is that if God puts it on your heart, have no fear!! The money was not always there early or before we needed it but it was always there when we needed it. The last $2,000.00 came in one day before we left to bring our daughter home and it was from a complete stranger. Matthew 6:25-34 says it all. It's something you have to remind yourself of constantly!

What verse was especially encouraging to you during your adoption journey?

Psalm 138:8a

Share one blessing that has happened because you said YES and followed God on this journey.

I never had to trust in Jesus so much until He brought us to our journey to adopt. Our faith was tried and tested and we realized just how much our Father loved us and showed Himself real to us! I'm grateful for that time of growth!

If you could share one other thing that is meaningful to you on the topic of adoption/orphan care, what would it be?

Just how very blessed we are to have been called to adopt! Masha is the light of our life! So many are fearful to adopt because of the seeming risks involved. The rewards are far greater though! I have a beautiful nephew adopted through Reese's Rainbow and a 4 year old niece as well now. Both from Russia! They are a blessing to watch and I just want to tell everyone that adoption is a blessing! Yes, there are struggles no doubt. But each struggle is worth the chance at life these children are given! Adoption isn't a "plan B", a sort of last resort. No, it is a gift and a blessing and I wouldn't trade my calling to care for the Fatherless for anything!!

Thank you, Nalley Family, for sharing HOPE with us here at Reaching Hearts!  Be sure to check out their family blog for more information about how their family is involved in adoption/orphan care ministry.

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Be sure not to miss the rest of the "31 Families of HOPE" series:

Day 2 ~ Cole Family
Day 3 ~ Weber Family
Day 4~ Heim Family
Day 5 ~ Kacirek Family
Day 6 ~ DeBlecourt Family
Day 7 ~ Sharp Family
Day 8 ~ McClard Family
Day 9 ~ Solgos Family
Day 10 ~ Linck Family
Day 11 ~ McClelland Family

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