Oh how excited I am to be able to share this with you all and open my blog back up.
We are adding to our family.
We will have another little boy (hopefully) sometime next year, sent to us by God, all the way from Uganda.
Here is a little bit of our story.
I would say it started back in 2012, January 1st for me. My husband and I had been trying to add to our family without any luck and we were both open to adoption, I just wasn't ready as soon as he was. I had "my" plan. We would have 2 biological children and then adopt 1 or 2 after that. Well God had other plans for us. 1.1.12 we were at church and this service was a little bit different. The pastor asked us all to take 10 minutes, during service, and simply sit in silence and listen to God.
It was hard for me at first, I didn't know how to turn off my brain and sit and listen, but finally I was able to silence it and wait to hear what God wanted to tell me.
During that time of silence and prayer, I felt and heard God telling me it was time, "Go" is what I heard. God was calling us to go and adopt. This was how He wanted to grow our family at this time. He had another plan for us. We were to adopt our second born child. My husband had felt this calling a few months back but I hadn't, until that day. And boy did I feel it then and did I feel God's love and hope for our family. I bawled, right there in church.
However, I can't tell you fully why, but it took us a whole year to get started. Partly because there is so much research that goes into starting. We were overwhelmed by it all and didn't know where to begin. We also continued to try and get pregnant while we were researching. Figuring that God would allow it to happen if it was His will. That was still a hard thing to go through and later in 2012 I found out that I had infertility issues and we stopped trying and focused on Gods calling.
So in December 2012 we filled out an application for our adoption and in January 2013 we were beginning our paperwork process and trusting in God to provide a way. We did not have the funds for this adoption but new that when God calls you, He will make it possible. Let me just tell that every time we came to a deadline and money was due, God worked miracles and the funds were there. I was reminded each time to Trust and have Faith.
Now, Sept 30th, we have all our paperwork in country (Uganda) and we are waiting for them to match us with our son. It is a hard wait. Our age range is 0-3 so more than likely our son is there right now, waiting for us. Waiting for paperwork to be processed and backgrounds to be checked. Once we are matched, we will make 2 trips. The first trip will be 2-3 weeks (which has just changed. When we started the process it was only 5-7 days) than the second trip will be 7-14 days (which also changed from 5-6 days) and we will get to bring our son home.
I truly can't begin to imagine how hard it will be to meet him and have to leave him for 6-8 weeks until we can go back and bring him home. Right now though, I am praying God keeps him safe and watched over him until we can meet him and know who he is.
Your prays are truly appreciated.
Adoption is a hard and wonderful thing.
I believe God is calling all Christians to help the widows and orphans. Not all are called to adopt but all are called to help. You can help by adopting, giving, and praying. There is power in prayer and as an adopting family, we sure would love your prayers as we continue this process.
This past Sunday my husband and I were in my hometown for the Swiss Festival and we were blessed to be able to attend a the Kickoff of Pure Gift of God (adoption made possible). What a great vision this organization has. Pure Gift of God wants to help those who are thinking about adoption. We know this first hand, it is HARD when you feel called to adopt. You don't always know where to start and once you do, its a long process and a LOT of paperwork. (As you can read in my older posts)
This organization wants to help bring people together to help answer questions and they want to financially help those that are called to adopt.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27
Pure Gift Of God- Check them out and meet the founders.
Curt & Erika Yoder
I feel blessed to be able to say that I know Erika and what a heart for God and children she has.