Sunday, February 28, 2010

HOME

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I still can't believe that Miles is home.
It's so surreal.

We worked and waited for 18 months and it's over.
He's home. And we're tired.

We are just enjoying being home.
Being a family of 4.

We had an amazing time in Africa.

Getting there was quite the adventure.
Being there was absolutely amazing.

I promise I will post all about it.
I won't do it justice, but Africa is too amazing not to share it.
It stole my heart.

I am still trying to process all we saw. All we experienced.

We are so grateful for each of you that prayed for and supported our family in our journey to be obedient to God's call to grow our family through adoption.

We pray God will bless each and everyone of you.

Have you ever thought about adoption?
Ever prayed about it?
Ever asked God what your role in caring for orphans was?

We did.
3 years ago.
And our family will never be the same.
It will forever be different.
Better.

"...once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do.
God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls,
knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act."
{Proverbs 24:12}

DID YOU KNOW?...
  • ...of the 9.9 million women who had ever considered adoption, only 16% had taken steps towards adoption, and only 31% of these had actually adopted a child.
  • ...there are an estimated 3.3 adoption seekers for every actual adoption.
  • ...over one-third of Americans have ever considered adopting, but no more than 2 percent of Americans have actually adopted.
There are 147 million orphans in the world and God's Word has much to say about them.

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
{James 1:27}

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
{John 14:18}

I am not one who believes that God has called everyone to adopt, but I do believe He has call us all to do something. Caring for orphans through adoption is normal... according to the Word of God. Please take time to pray about your role in caring for the orphans of the world.

Also, please join me in praying for this sweet family that is still waiting to pass court. They have been waiting far too long and I am more than ready to see their sweet baby boy home where he belongs.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

THANKFUL FOR THE WAITS

An adoption brings so many milestones.
Days that will forever be important.

There is the day you started telling everyone about your new journey.
The day you are put on the waitlist.
You have the day you finally receive your referral.
And the day you become a forever family.

An adoption is filled with so many waits.
The waits drive you nuts, but are so necessary.
The waits forever change you.

One year ago today we were put on the waitlist.
Waiting to find out the one God chose for our family.
And now, in just a few days, we will hold Miles in our arms.

We leave in four days for Africa and I am all over the place.

I am so ready to meet him.
For our family to finally be together.
But I don't know if I am ready to bring him home.

Don't get me wrong,
I am ready for him to be home, I just don't know if I am ready to take him from his.

That is just one of the many things you have to process on this journey called adoption and just one of the many reasons I am thankful for all the waits.