Hey, I just realized that I have been writing this blog for exactly one year now. I cannot believe how much our lives have changed in one year. A year ago I prayerfully set out to write this blog with John 10:10 in mind.
The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
I wanted to write about abundant living. I wanted to write things that would benefit people and bring them JOY.
Then we suffered another miscarriage. Then I got diagnosed with a thyroid autoimmune disorder. And life was heavy, but there was still joy. God used that pain and is using my disorder to encourage others.
This young blog also saw the birth of our first book, a Christmas devotional written for the whole family. If you would have told me a year ago that my husband and I would write/publish a book I would have thought you were crazy.
And this past year something else really special and life changing happened. A young man named Davion Only got up in front of a huge congregation at his church and asked someone, anyone to adopt him. He was getting close to aging out of the system and just wanted a forever family. It came across my newsfeed and BROKE me. I sobbed. At that moment God planted a deep seed in my heart for adoption. I furiously texted my husband in complete seriousness and this was our conversation:
“Can we please adopt a 15 year old teenage boy?”
“I’m serious too.”
“OK I’m making the phone call.”
With shaking hands and a quivery voice I dialed the number. The operator answered and informed me that I was one of thousands of people inquiring about Davion, but that they would call me back. That week I dreamed about Davion as my son. I had designed his room in my head, tweaked our grocery budget, and pretty much planned out our entire lives as his parents. They never did call me back. Then I saw an article (because I Googled his name every single day) saying that he had found a home. (Although in writing this post I found this article which states he STILL doesn’t have a home and lots of people that had called about him never received call backs.)
It took me a long time to get over the thought of adopting Davion. Life got busy and we didn’t really talk much about adoption for awhile. However, as time went on it seemed that God kept nudging at us about adoption. Then the nudges turned into gentle pushes. Then the gentle pushes turned into big glaring signs. And we kept saying “God! How can we do this? Our budget is so tight and would a birth mom ever pick us since we already have two kids? And…But…And…But…” The excuses went on.
Until we finally stopped making excuses and decided to step out in faith.
So here we are now, very humbly, very excitedly announcing that
If God has called us to it, he will bring us through it. We know He will provide for us. We are ridiculously excited. We have $30,000+ to raise which to my human mind seems impossible. Good thing we serve the God who makes all things possible.
Stay tuned for an informational post on where we are in the process and what our hopes for this adoption are (Update: You can read that post here.). We would really appreciate your prayers during this time as well.
Wow, so much change in a year.
Have you adopted? I would love to hear your story!
(P.S. If you would like to help us financially we have a Giveforward fundraiser (https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/zzw4/help-our-family-grow). Thank you! ***I took down my Amazon affiliate link because I read in the terms and services that I’m not allowed to ask you to shop through the link, I can only recommend products through it. Oops! This whole blogging thing is definitely a learning curve.)