Adoption: Still Waiting
If you’re new to our adoption journey, you can read about the beginning of our journey here – our home study, when we went active, as well as what it looks like to say YES to cases:
At this point, we have been seeing cases for about seven months. Due to the ongoing upheaval in our country, cases have been much slower coming in than they typically are, but we are trusting the Lord even in this.
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Over the course of the past seven months, we have seen around 40 cases – each one heartbreaking in its own unique way.
While, for privacy reasons, we are never at liberty to share specifics about the different cases we see, I have loved being able to share with you times when we’ve said YES to a situation, and we have said YES 14 times!
If you’re interested in reading more about how the process of seeing cases and saying YES works, I’ve explained more about that here.
There are lots of averages and percentages tossed around about how many cases families typically see before they’re chosen, how many times they usually say YES before there is a match, etc.
However, we feel such peace knowing that God is in control, completely sovereign over the details of our story, and we trust that if He desires for our family to grow, He will accomplish that in His timing and in His way.
At the moment I’m writing this, we are waiting to hear back on three outstanding cases.
Most of the cases we have seen have been for newborn babies, and that has mostly been our mindset in this process, but we have remained open to other situations where we feel our family may be able to help.
So, just as we’ve been doing throughout this process, we are staying close to our phones this week. If a mama chooses us, we will receive a phone call that we’ve matched with her. If a mama chooses a different family, we will receive an email updating us on the status of the case.
As we’ve received these email updates along the way, (Our consultant likes to call them NOT YET emails.), we have felt such peace. We’ve even found ourselves being able to celebrate the exciting phone call that another family received – prayers answered for them! I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it.
Along the way, we have truly been able to rest in God’s perfect plan for us. I can not imagine walking through this process without Him – His peace is such a gift.
Recently, while browsing bookshelves at our local homeschool consignment shop, I stumbled upon this book.
I’d never seen it before, and I couldn’t wait to read it together as a family.
We read it during our family time before bed the other night, and it spoke to so many pieces of our family’s journey. I could hardly make it through without breaking in to a full blown sob.
“Throughout history many believed a lie. “You’re not a person! No way!”, they cried.
I am so grateful for the ministries out there who provide families with opportunities to serve others through pro-life causes.
If you missed our special Aubrey Day project, it’s not too late to participate. You can find all the info here, and yes, you can definitely involve your kids in choosing items for the project.
Friends, thank you so much for your prayers as we continue to wait. It’s complicated to not have any idea at all what’s going to happen, but isn’t life like that anyway – no matter what our situation?
We appreciate your continued thoughtfulness and kindness toward our family, and we will continue to keep you posted on our adoption journey.
Just checked my phone again…no updates yet…
Somehow received your email not sure if I happened to sign up but it was what I needed.. these blog posts could be me writing these exact words… we too are waiting to be matched… Oct it will be 2 years we started the process and we have been feeling very weary and by what you wrote it sounds like we could have the same agency FAC