Adoption Update - We've Been CHOSEN!

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WE’VE BEEN CHOSEN!

The most wonderful expectant mom has chosen us to raise her daughter and we are so GRATEFUL.

When I originally wrote this post, I had every intention of giving a little update on what it’s like to be a certified/waiting family. I talked about the process, how we’d wait while our agency presents our profile book to expectant moms, and how eventually we’d get a call that an expectant mom wanted to meet us. Little did I know, that within days we’d get that exact call! It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks and God is blowing our minds at every turn.

So although this update is a bit different than I had originally planned, (in the most WONDERFUL way!), I think an update is still in order! In an effort to protect and respect the expectant mom’s privacy, we won’t be sharing all the details, but I can’t help but tell you a little bit about what God is doing.

It’s only been ONE month since we became an active/certified family. I can’t even believe how quickly everything is happening. I want to share more details on each of these milestones in the future, but for now, here’s a general overview of our adoption timeline:

April 11th - We attended our first official info meeting about adoption and submitted our initial application to Bethany that night.

August 29th - Four months later we completed our home study and officially became a waiting/certified family.

September 14th - Two weeks later, we got an email about a specific situation, and after lots of prayer, decided to say yes to being shown. 

September 21st - One week after that, we got the call! The expectant mom wanted to meet us!

September 27th - A few days later we got to meet the expectant mom and her family. It went better than we ever could have imagined! We got the official news later that day that we’d been chosen - baby girl due January 4th, 2019!

We’ve traced the timeline backwards and figured out that baby girl must have been conceived around the same time we went to our first adoption meeting. God has been growing her in our hearts at the very same time that she’s been growing in her mama’s belly! (See what I mean?! God’s blowing our minds).

I keep telling people that God is REDEEMER. If I had to pick one character quality that he’s revealing to us through this process it’s exactly that. He’s showing us that He cares about the details. Every, single, tiny one of them. And He’s using them to weave together a greater story than we could ever know.

Are there a lot of unknowns? YES. Aren’t there always in life? And especially with adoption. But Kent and I have complete peace and trust in our Savior. We can’t plan out the future and have no control over what’s to come. But we serve a God who can and is.

Adoption is teaching us more about Jesus heart when He instructs us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” DAILY. That’s a right now, right here, hour by hour provision. So, “What happens now?” We wait. We pray. We build relationship with this expectant mom and watch baby girl grow and grow. We live with open hands and thankful hearts, trusting that God’s plans are good and His timing is perfect.

Daily bread. Here we go. One grateful bite at a time.