We're having a baby!! (in about 12 -15 months...)
Old school babymaking
uh...yeah. that's it.
(***PLEASE know that this is sooooo tongue-in-cheek. It is our experience only. It is not meant to make light of the struggles of those that adopt because of infertility, miscarriage and great loss. We were in that boat, too...and understand to some degree...what your journey looks like.***)
Applications - for home study agency and int'l agency
Home study (4 interviews)
Medical physicals (x2)
Fire evacuation plan/extinguisher
Documents (birth, marriage, etc.)
USCIS I800A forms
smoochin' (I said, don't judge me! He's cute...what do you want from me?!)
certification of forms
Child Abuse clearances - OH/TX
12 hours of parent training (each)
Well water inspection test
Researching/hiring a courier service
I'm sure I'm forgetting something. But I think you get it. :-)
Friends, this is an intentional process. Adoption by its very nature is intentional. When God says in Ephesians and Psalms and Hosea and James and all throughout the Word that He adopted US into His family through our salvation...that He places the lonely in families....that in Him the orphan finds a home....that pure religion is one that looks after orphans - it all leads to an intentional God. I for one am humbled to know that the God of the universe...He wanted me. It brings tears to my eyes. It overwhelms my heart. God, that we may ALL know such love.
Church, this is our call. For Joshua and I, personally, it was a very real call. One we couldn't ignore.
I have been SO challenged lately by David Platt, author of Radical. He very matter-of-factly says that Christians are so quick to claim the promises of the Word, such as, "Come to me all of you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest..." Those promises are for them. We own them. We proclaim them with conviction. But we are quick to dismiss mandates like the Great Commission - to go into all the world, or the outline in James 1:27 - to look after orphans and widows. Those are only for those that are "called." Friends, we are all called. We are called holy, dearly loved, sons and daughters...we are called.
It might begin as a whisper. It might begin like a thunderclap. But we are called.
Now hear my heart here. I am challenged by this as much as you might be. There is no judgement here. Search your heart. Seek after Christ. What does that mean for you? Should you open your home to foster? Is your family in a place to adopt? Can you provide respite, or meals, for a family that can or is? Is it time to see the world, God's world, on a mission trip? Working with the least of these? Can you financially provide for someone else to go and pray for them? Is there a talent that you have that you can use creatively for the Lord? Is your church in need of volunteers in the children's ministry or ushers or greeters? Is it time for you to tithe regularly and faithfully and with great joy?