When Caleb and I were engaged we talked about what we thought about the future and our kids. We talked about wanting boys. We talked about a little girl. We were blessed with a sweet baby girl, Charlie. We dreamt about maybe someday adopting.
Now we are.
That’s what I said, Caleb and I have officially started the adoption process. It is one of our passions, hopes, and dreams to be doing this and after much prayer we slowly started to dive in to the process. Dive is not an understatement either, after deciding that we were going to be working with One World Adoption Services (OWAS) we quickly figured out that was the easiest thing that we would have to do during this whole process!
The program that we chose to adopt through is the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a country in Africa that has been in one of the bloodiest civil wars on earth for the past 30 plus years. And our hearts are absolutely ravaged because of all the pain, fear and emptiness that that these kids have had to experience before the age of 5.
We filled out an application with the OWAS Congo program to see if they’d even take us on, and they did! Shortly after that we were set up with a list of things to do. Papers to get. Papers to fill out. Papers to send. Fees to prepare for. Fees to pay.
These things are all daunting but our God is bigger than all of this. And the best part? He knows what He’s leading us into – we don’t have to be afraid that He won’t have it under control.
We have our first part of our home study tomorrow at 1:30 MST, please be praying for us. It’s a little nerve-racking to have a complete stranger come into your home to see if you are suitable parents.
Also pray that we would start coming up with some good ideas for our family to fundraise. This is an expensive journey to start and we are trusting that God will provide in His perfect timing!
Finally, pray for our future kid(s?)… Pray that God will make it clear to us who will join our family. And pray that God would protect them, keep them healthy, and provide for them physically, mentally and spiritually.
I already wake up in the middle of the night with the urgency to pray for our kid(s?) and I don’t even have a face, name, or number to go with those prayers. But God has that covered, right? I also have had this immediate feeling of our family not being whole yet… It’s amazing that God can do that immediately through planting the seed of adoption in our hearts!
Thank you for praying for us. Thank you for encouraging us. Thank you for loving us. We know that God has placed each of you in our lives during this season for a very specific reason and we are thankful regardless of what that reason is!