We are stepping out across the line and continuing our adoption journey.
“For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under Heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3. Everything is in God’s time, not ours.
For a long time we felt God calling us to adopt, so it was natural to go in that direction when we started talking about growing our family. Five years ago, we started our adoption journey. Two disruptions (adoptions that have fallen through) later, we are still on the journey waiting to bring that precious little one home.
It has definitely been an emotional rollercoaster, we have been excited, overwhelmed, disappointed, and heartbroken, and back again. That being said, God has had His hand in it all, and we are constantly reminded that it is in His time – not ours. He taught us so much through our season of disruptions. We would not be where we are today if it had not been for those bumps in the journey and we are so grateful that things turned out the way they did.
Our journey moved pretty quickly with our first match. We applied with an agency the day after Christmas. We were accepted that next week and by February we were in the middle of doing our profile and home study. Our profile went live in March, and we were matched by the end of July. We were ecstatic, but would learn when we went to the hospital to be there for baby’s birth that birth mother was nowhere to be found. We didn’t really know where to go from there because we had not had much communication with birth mom per her request.
When we were in the middle of processing the first disruption our second match happened. We built a relationship with birth mom and communicated on a regular basis, which was something that lacked the first time around. In the end, birth mom decided to keep the baby, but we were able to share our faith and learn a lesson in forgiveness through it all (I know, now you want more of the story, but that is for another time, let’s just say God was definitely in the middle of it all!)
Some may think this would discourage us, but we are ready to step into the water and continue the journey God started us on five years ago. We know this because in the two years since our last disruption, God has shown us in so many ways that adoption is the path He wants us to take. We have learned how to have faith in the darkness and that in the darkness is when God does His best work. We are thankful each and every day for the darkness we have endured on this journey and can’t wait to see what this season has to hold!
We are selling tee’s designed to support adoption/foster care to raise funds for the journey.