We were discouraged and sad to still be waiting. Since the adoption process is so lengthy, we just felt the need to get started! I have realized something interesting about myself during this process–well to be honest lots of things! But one thing in particular is how paradoxical my mind and heart can be. I believe with all of my being that God has chosen a specific child to be in our family. His plans and timing are not haphazard, but specific and detailed. I know this beyond a doubt. But so often my heart is filled with fear and frustration, almost as if I believe we could somehow miss our child or that God’s plans might be thwarted. Nothing could be further from the truth!
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not calamity, to give you a future and a hope.'” Matthew 10:30 says, “the very hairs of your head are numbered.” Our LORD God is both mighty and intimately loving. We can trust Him with the children we have now and the ones we will have in the future.
So we waited. Time seemed to both creep and fly, depending on the day. And finally February came!
We attended adoption seminars in February and April learning so much both times. We also had the blessing of meeting other families who are also going through this process. Jeremy and I are now working on completing our piles of paperwork and beginning our home study. We will do a lot more waiting before our baby comes, but honestly it feels good to be able to do something concrete right now!
Our next step requires the completion of pounds of paperwork, passing our homestudy, and extensive fundraising. Please stand with us in prayer as we navigate the exciting and frustrating waters of adoption. We will keep you updated! Thanks for joining us on our journey. We are so excited to share with you how the LORD moves to bring our baby home!