Adoption: What is God doing?

If you’re new to our adoption story, you can read about the beginning of our journey here – our home study, when we went active, as well as what it has looked like to say YES to presenting our adoption profile to expectant mamas:

Along the way (It’s been almost two years now!), we have shared about how this time of waiting has felt for us.


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Well, friends, we continue to wait, and in our waiting, we can’t help but wonder what God is doing.

At the moment I’m typing this, we have now seen 117 cases. We have said YES to presenting to 71 of those and 1 of those is still outstanding at the moment.

At times, it doesn’t feel like we’ve been waiting all that long. Then at other times, the wait feels painful and we feel weary.

We have been so grateful for your support and encouragement, especially from so many of you who have walked this path yourself.

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Thank you for sharing your stories and lifting us up as we wait.

We love that many of you have experienced the same thoughts and questions we have…

God, you’ve brought us this far. What does the next part of this story look like?

Was this simply a test of our obedience – to see if we could trust You enough to say YES to such a big, scary something?

Is this ever going to happen? Should we continue on? Did we misread Your calling in this?

This is probably going to turn out differently than we imagined – but how?

Friends, we wanna know! This is truly been such a test of our obedience and trust and patience….all the things that are so hard.

I would be lying if I acted like this had not, at times, felt like an emotional rollercoaster.

I’m never at liberty to share about specific situations that have come into our inbox, but I will say, we have had some nail biters!

You can imagine the emotional ups and downs that come along with walking through this over and over again – it’s been hard at times.

In just a matter of weeks, we have documents, clearances, etc. that will be coming due yet again.

We are, right now, praying for God to give us clarity about whether or not to renew our current consultant contract, possibly go a different direction, consider other options for how we can serve right now – we truly just do not know what lies ahead and would be so grateful for your prayers.

We only want His story.

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  1. We went through a lot of the same things when we adopted our daughter from Russia. Yes, it was an emotional roller coaster! I think all adoptions are. It took us two years (general estimates were around 6 months at that time). In that time I needed 2 surgeries which meant delays in gathering the paperwork. With international adoption, there are even more hoops you have to jump through. It was very hard and kind of crazy. I truly believe Satan was trying to get us to give up due to discouragement. But I also saw the hand of God working like never before. Stay the course — be encouraged. What God wants WILL come to pass.

    1. says:

      This encouraged me more than I can even say today! Terry, thank you for taking the time to share this and lift our family up with your kind words! A gift on this Monday afternoon!

  2. We waited almost 2 years before we met our son and it wasn’t how we thought adoption would work. For our second child we waited 1 month. God’s plans are higher than ours! It’s definitely an emotional roller coaster.

    1. says:

      Thank you for taking the time to share this with us tonight, Britney – It is very encouraging to be reminded of this! Grateful for connections with families like yours – Hope you have a sweet weekend with the ones you love!

  3. You are in my prayers. God has a plan for your beautiful family. Keep trusting Him.

    1. says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words tonight, Lulu! I appreciate you being here and loving on our family in prayer!

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