We’re adopting and I can’t wait to share our story with you!
I began to recognize the call to adopt when I was about 12 years old. I know that may seem crazy, but it is one of the few things in life that I am absolutely confident in.
It was a Sunday night and I was sitting by myself in the back pew of our church. A group from our church had just returned from a short-term mission trip to Africa where they did many things including work at a local orphanage. I sat there that night watching this video full of orphaned children I didn’t know, and would probably never meet, from halfway around the world. And my heart was completely broken.
I remember being completely broken and sad, unable to control the tears streaming down my face. I really think this was the first time I ever understood that there were children in our world without families, who were completely alone. I didn’t understand why more people wouldn’t step up to take care of them, why God would allow this to happen. Most of all I didn’t understand the way I was feeling and this overwhelming urge to fix it.
My grandma drove me home that night and I remember our conversation vividly. I began telling her all that I was feeling and experiencing, and she began to tell me about the Holy Spirit. That, as believers, He is living and active within us. That He speaks to us, directs our paths and spurs us to action in a variety of ways. She explained that, when we experience emotion like that, we need to pay attention. Maybe God was using that video to direct my path in some way.
From that moment on I knew that orphan care and adoption would be a part of my story.
I am extremely blessed to have a husband that not only gets it, but is passionate about adoption as well. Adoption was part of our conversations from very early in our relationship. In fact, one of his first responses to this desire of my heart was to sponsor a child through Compassion International for my birthday. This was the first gift he ever gave me.
Through a long journey of prayerful seeking we have decided to adopt an infant domestically. We are in the middle of the home study and are somewhat patiently waiting to find our birth mother.
God is so good and has been so faithful already. We have learned so much about His character that we have never experienced, and we are learning to trust Him like never before.
Will you pray with us?
Pray that we find the birth mother God has for us, the relationship we will have with her, and for her heart as she makes this incredibly difficult decision.
Pray for us as we prepare to become parents and bring a new child into our home.
Pray that God would be glorified throughout the entire process. Pray that this baby would grow to know God personally and love Him deeply.
We are so thankful for each one of you and we’re so ecstatic to share our journey with you!