Wow, do we have some news for you! In case you can't tell by the title of this blog, our family has made the exciting decision to pursue adoption.
"What's that?" you say. "How great, but....why? You have two children and there weren't any major pregnancy/childbirth complications."
You're exactly right. We have been blessed with two healthy girls and we have loved every minute with them. And we look forward to many more fun times ahead. But God has been knocking on the door of our hearts for quite some time about following Him and being obedient to Him. We would push the adoption conversation to the back of our minds with excuses of busy schedules. Both of us work full-time jobs, our two very active girls keep our hands full, we love hanging out with our friends and going on trips. And on and on we would go with these excuses.
But then God started knocking a little louder, a little more persistently.
So we begin to pray. "God, is this really your will for us? We're not equipped to adopt. We can barely manage our schedule as it is. Maybe you're just saying we need to pray for orphans."
So we decided to pray for orphans. We picked out specific ones from Reece's Rainbow and poured our hearts out to God, praying they would find forever families.
And yet, it wasn't enough. Our eyes had been opened to the world of children without families simply needing someone to love on them. From one devotion to the next, through conversations with friends who had no idea what we were struggling with, to sermons preached, we finally decided to answer.
What a peace we have in our hearts, and we are so excited about what God has in store for our family!
We have a long road ahead of us - we feel God leading us to adopt a little boy from Ethiopia, so we are attempting to walk in obedience according to His will. We are working with America World Adoption to bring home our son and were officially accepted into the agency last week.
I've started this blog in the hopes of keeping friends and family up to date but more than anything, our family covets your prayers of support as we begin this process. It's only just the beginning and I know God is going to do great things through this.
It seems fitting that on this Father's Day, we especially remember to celebrate our Eternal Father, who is with us every step of the way. And we thank Him for continuing to humble us as we start this journey.
Courtney and Drew