When we started this second adoption, we had plans and ideas. We would take it slow – there was no need to be in a rush and we needed all the time we could get to be “ready” for another one. We also planned on following “the book” for the next one and keep birth order. God had other plans.
In January, our agency had sent us some profiles for Colombian kiddos needing families and advocacy for adoption. These children had been hosted in the states for a camp with the intent to be able to better advocate for them. Lifeline sent their profiles to all the post-adoption families so we could be praying for these children and also advocating for their adoptions. I skimmed the profiles with the intent to advocate for them, but one of the older boys really caught my eye. It struck me and I had this fleeting thought, “He could be our son”. I immediately pushed it down. Yes, we have considered older child adoption, but not right now. Not in this season. That is for later in life. Move on. And I did. But then, I looked at the profiles again. This time, I realized that there were several older boys on the list who needed homes. And still, I thought, “One of them could be our son” and again, I pushed it away. One night, a couple of weeks later, David and I were talking and this all came up. I told him, “I think we might be called to adopt a teenage boy” and I waited for the crazy look. The “You’re insane, Erinn. Absolutely not. I was just joking.” But that never came. He looked at me, serious as can be and said, “yeah….I think maybe so”.
That began this season of the journey. We started looking at four children’s files with our agency and we began to pray. Immediately, all of our case workers said, "It’s Andrew (name changed for his protection). He’s the right fit. We think he’s the one". But we weren’t confident yet. We looked at each child’s file and began the process of discerning God’s leading. Eventually after much consideration, we agreed – we think it’s Andrew. We were excited, but still cautious in moving forward. But every step of the way, God confirmed over and over again that Andrew was our son.
And here we are – a year into this second adoption and preparing for travel. Are we scared? Absolutely! Are we excited? You better believe it! We know that God has formed our family and we are thankful for the “faith markers” he has given us along this journey to affirm that He is writing this story. We cannot wait to have Andrew in our family and to be his mom and dad!
Andrew has a contagious smile. He is quiet, slow to warm up, but has a good sense of humor. He likes to cook, enjoys sketching, and riding a longboard. He likes to play basketball and compose rap music. He enjoys watching movies, wrestling, and playing games. He wants to be a scientist or vet when he grows up. He is 13 years old. Let’s bring him home!
We have been awarded a $4000 matching grant from the Reclaim 82:3 Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. An international adoption costs about $42,000. We have been so blessed by the generosity of friends and family who have already given to this grant fund. We are still about $4000 short from being fully funded and ready for travel. Would you consider helping us in these final steps to bring home our son?
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