I was ready to adopt, Hubby was ready to adopt. It was time to let our families know.
Living overseas puts us in a weird predicament when breaking news to people we love. Do we call? Skype? Email? Snail Mail? Facebook? Tweet it? Blog it?
We decided to compose a letter letting our families know of our plans…and emailed it out.
- So we can better understand our own adoption into God’s family.
- To show that our family is undeniably pro-life by rescuing a life that was born and not aborted.
- So that we can give God the glory when He provides the resources needed for the adoption of a little girl.
- To bring a life into our home to share everything with, especially the Gospel of Jesus. To raise another child to be a lover of God and a disciple of Christ.
- To save a little girl who would otherwise live a life of poverty. To give her a home, a hope, a future, a family.
- To set an example (for God’s glory) to other believers that caring for the orphan and the widow is true, undefiled religion and is necessary for followers of Christ.
- To open up spiritual conversations with unbelievers about why we choose/chose to adopt.
Big news always seems a little more official after you tell someone. And our families are great big news-getters! They have exclaimed and laughed with joy after each pregnancy announcement, and the adoption announcement was no different!
Truly, I don’t think there exists parents who more dearly love, support, and encourage their children than ours. They are straight from God and an absolute joy to call Mom and Dad (and Mom and Dad!)
So, now someone else knew. It was time to take the next step.
To be continued…
I’ve always wanted to adopt a child (or children). I distinctly remember telling my parents that I did not want to have biological children, so I hoped they would love the rainbow of children I would add to our family. (For the record, I was probably less than 15 years old when I declared that.) Hubby says he always kinda figured we would adopt in the future, but that always seemed like a ways away.
- Though we believe all Christians are called to care for the widow and the orphan, is God calling our family to adopt right now? (There are many facets here: is He calling us to adopt as a way to care for? is He calling us to adopt right now?)
- Lady, Stink and Doodle are pretty close in age, so we knew if we were going to adopt a little girl to complete our family, we didn’t want a huge age gap between her and our other children.
- The adoption process for some places around the world can take 2-5 years! (And man, I thought 40 weeks was a long time to wait for a new member of the family!)
- This is a permanent decision. If we pursue adoption and bring a baby/child home, it’s the same as getting pregnant and bringing a baby home- it’s forever.
- Are we spiritually/emotionally/physically ready to enter into a possibly emotional/tumultuous/uncertain/ever-changing adoption process?
- What are the implications for adopting internationally while living abroad? How do we find an agency to work with?
To be continued…