When Abbie and I began dating in college, we knew that adoption was something that we wanted to pursue someday. As soon as we married in June of 2016, we started diligently budgeting for our future, which included children. On our first budget we had a line item titled “Future Adoption” where we started placing very small amounts of money towards thinking we would have 8-10 years to save. We just assumed adoption would come after we had biological children, which fit in our little perfect plan. Oh, how God had a different plan for our lives.
In March of 2019, just three months shy of our third wedding anniversary, we left church on Sunday morning where Abbie told me she felt the Lord had laid a heavy burden on her heart to pursue adoption, and pursue it now. My immediate reaction was to tell Abbie “you’re crazy” and try to brush it off. Thankfully, my beautiful bride immediately spoke up in a tone of voice that only she could use to touch my heart and said “Trent, I really feel like this is something the Lord has laid on my heart.” I responded with saying we would pray about it separately for a week and then pray together to be sure God is truly laying this on our hearts. To be honest, I did not want to enter the adoption process. I was perfectly content with our current life and could not imagine paying the $35k it costs to adopt. However, after praying separately, and then together, it became very clear that the Lord was calling us to adopt right now. Abbie and I have always felt that delayed obedience is disobedience, so we jumped right into the process. Roughly 4 weeks after that Sunday morning in March, we were having our welcome call with Lifeline Children Services to discuss the India program and what the first steps would be in our process.
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