Tony and Tracy Wages are from outside Columbia, South Carolina. They have three biological children, Seth (10), Braeden (7), and their daughter Addison (5). They are requesting a baby girl and have been waiting for a referral since they were DTE on August 27, 2010.
Tracy and Tony were high school sweethearts and have been married for 14 years. Tracy began volunteering with Compassion International several years back and soon after, felt the call to travel to Ethiopia to see their work there and be more effective in her ministry. She spent 10 days there, never having been outside the Eastern US, with 30-some other strangers falling completely in love with the land, people, and children.
Several months after coming home, she was driving down the road thinking how she would love to take Tony back with her to show him all she saw in Ethiopia. She immediately heard that still, small voice in her head say, "You will when you go back to get your little girl." She burst into tears. She then came home to tell Tony and they both agreed. With 3 kids already, this was BIG. They were finished having kids, were comfortable in their lives, and had never had a desire or thought of adopting. Tony had been a foster child and was adamant that he could not deal with fostering and having to give a child back, knowing what he had gone home to so many times.
After 2 weeks of much prayer (trying to talk God out of it??!!??), Tracy was on a blog, linked to another blog, linked to another blog, and divinely ended up, of course, on an article about Ethiopian adoption. The last sentence said in bold "Go. Leave behind the life you planned. Seek out the orphan. Don't ask God ONE MORE TIME if you should adopt. Because, he's been asking YOU.... who WILL?" At that point the decision was made to follow God's leading.
They started this process over a year ago for an infant girl, to keep their children in birth order, and give Addison a sister - enough testosterone already!!!! They have had every delay, every frustration, every attack possible it seems. But through it all, they have seen God work so mightily and so abundantly that they KNOW this is His will and they feel so blessed that he chose them to walk this path.
They have named their baby girl Olivia. They wanted a name to make her more 'real' so that the children would have someone to envision and pray for. Braeden suggested Olivia and it seemed perfect as olive oil is seen as a symbolism of the Holy Spirit - and the Holy Spirit is not only what led them to go to Ethiopia, but to have the desire to go back and bring home their baby that they know God has waiting for them. They were DTE on August 27 and have been waiting for their referral since then. You can follow their story here on their blog so check it out today!
For fundraisers, they have beautiful bracelets (see below) and necklaces, stuffed zebras and giraffes made in Kenya, banana leaf Santa ornaments also made in Kenya, soaps, coconut oil, Shea aloe butter, and mango butter that you can order here. They also have a Just Love Coffee store so if you are out of coffee, you can buy some here. Let's really bless the Wages' this week and order some of their products for Christmas!
|These bracelets are made in Mali and are $5 each. There are others as well!|
|Some of the soaps and coconut oil available|