Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Pighetti Family ~ 31 Families of HOPE: Day 15


Meet the Pighetti Family!: DJ & Jeny Pighetti, Mackenzie and Avery



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

When we originally started our adoption journey I think we were mainly focused on adding a new member to the family. We had struggled through infertility and after the loss of our infant son, Jack; we felt called to explore adoption and very quickly knew that this was the path God had for us, if not fully understanding why.



Tell us one unique thing about your family/ministry.

When we started our adoption journey we had no idea where the funds were going to come from but we stepped out in faith knowing that God would provide. And He did – In BIG ways!! We held several fundraisers and with the support of our church, family and friends managed to raise the necessary funds. As we went through the process we felt the tug on our hearts to help other families that were also following God’s call.

After our adoption was finalized we began the process of starting a non-profit organization to provide grants and fundraising assistance to families pursuing domestic adoption. Our hope is to remove the financial roadblocks for families that are called to Domestic Adoption. We’ve had several fundraisers including our Second Annual Pighetti Dinner and are looking forward to awarding our first grant in December. 



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

God has written such an amazing story for us and I LOVE to share it with people, but honestly sometimes I just get tired of answering the same awkward questions. I know they (mostly) come from a place of curiosity but it’s still difficult to show grace when random people in Target ask me if I know what I’m doing with her hair or what I put in it. 

It’s also challenging to know how much to share with people about Avery’s story and her birthmother. At first I felt the need to discuss everything in an attempt to be “an open book” but I’ve learned that it’s ok to say “That’s part of Avery’s personal story and we’re leaving that for her to share”.


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

Know ahead of time that it is scary, frustrating and sometimes just downright hard but know also that it is TOTALLY worth it!! Have patience, be flexible and trust in God’s timing because it is perfect. 


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


A verse that I have always taken comfort in is Romans 8:26 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

This verse was read to me by our pastor the day after we lost our son. For me it is a constant reminder that even when I have no words for my sorrow He is with me and knows my pain. I know it isn’t a particularly encouraging verse but it has comforted me through the ups and downs of our adoption journey.


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

I am so incredibly thankful for the people that God has placed in our lives through this journey. The adoption community is so incredible and the friends that we have made have literally helped change our lives. 


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

I’m overwhelmed by the healing and redemptive power of adoption. God has taken the brokenness in our life and the brokenness in Avery’s life and created a beautiful new family. He’s also taken the sin and brokenness in each of us and given us new life as His adopted sons and daughters.

Thank you, Pighetti Family, for sharing HOPE with us here at Reaching Hearts!  Be sure to check out their family blog to learn more about their adoption journey.  Also check out their ministry site to see how God is continuing to work in and through their family by reaching out to other adoptive families.  


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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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