A wonderful surprise happened today! Our adoption agency called. Now in my experience (and from what I have read and heard from others) adoption agencies rarely call. We have called our Georgia agency as well as our new agency lots of times, but I can’t think of one time that they initiated communication.
This morning was different. The executive director called us! She knew of a birthmother and wanted to know if we had a finished adoption profile to show. A profile is like a little scrapbook with a letter and pictures to help birth families understand what you are like; it includes most of the information that a birthmother will use to pick a couple or individual to parent her child. We have a profile, but it is very old. We aren’t even finished with all of our paperwork for the agency, so I hadn’t made a new profile yet. The director said, “Can you send what you do have? We want our families to have as many opportunities as possible.” And my heart overflowed with joy and peace.
There is no reason to believe that this birthmother will choose us over the other adopting couples. My joy wasn’t about that. My joy came from the fact that our adoption agency actually cares. Our adoption process has been long and drawn out. To put our timeline in perspective, we started our original paperwork when S was 15 months old. He is now 5! We often felt like we were alone in our adoption process, and we wondered if anyone was advocating for us at all. We believe that God has a specific child for our family, and so I know that this is all His timing. But sometimes waiting on God is hard and discouraging and lonely.
Today the executive director of our new agency reached out to us in order to help us in this difficult process! I still have no idea how long our adoption will take. But the Lord reminded us today that He is doing a great work. He reaffirmed that we have chosen the right agency. And He encouraged me to keep trusting in His goodness and His good timing.
Please continue to pray for us as we follow God’s leading. Pray for our future child. And please pray for this birthmother (and all the others) who have made the courageous decision to choose life and are now searching for the right family to parent their child.
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1. Love makes a family.
2. Adoption–God’s Idea First
3. Superman was adopted too.