Brad and I met at our church 17 years ago. After dating a year and half we were married and began our family. God has blessed us with three amazing boys (Owen (14), Judd (12), and Wyatt (10)). We love the Lord and our family has a deep desire to honor and serve him with our lives.
I cannot remember a time that I did not want to be a mother. God put adoption on my heart when I was in high school (specifically a little girl from China). When Brad and I took a pre-marriage class at our church we both (without consulting each other) listed we would like 4 children on the questionnaire we took.
We married a little later than many (Brad was 34 and I was 29) so we started having babies a little later. My last pregnancy was a tough one and I was 35. We knew that we were done having biological children. I knew in my heart that God had called me to adopt. Brad and I have always spoken openly about adoption. We both know that we have been adopted into God’s family and adoption is very close to God’s heart.
For several years we have talked and wrestled with adoption. I work part-time for our church and Brad works for the state. Church and government workers are not the highest paid in their fields, but we both love our jobs and appreciate the flexibility they provide us as we parent our boys. We would always end our discussions thinking adoption was not possible for us because of the high cost. Adopting a baby girl from China never left my heart. I would tell God often that I just did not see a way financially (I’m an accountant and I know numbers.) and that he was going to have to show up in a big way.
Brad and I heard a sermon called “Ready or Not” at a church we were visiting out of town. Brad had specifically prayed for God to speak to him that evening. The gist of the sermon was if you wait until you think you are ready to do something then you may never do it. I remember him asking me what I was thinking about after the sermon. Adoption of course. God had also brought it to his mind, but we still could not imagine where the money would come from. The sermon stayed in Brad’s head for months and he believes the Holy Spirit was speaking to him.
Later that year, Brad was visiting the same church and he again prayed the same prayer he had prayed earlier. He doesn’t remember the sermon but after the service he received a text from a friend asking him if still wanted to go on an overseas missions trip. Brad had previously declined because the trip was put together quickly and he didn’t have time to raise the funds and we didn’t have the extra money. The text went on to say that a local business owner could not get away from work to go but wanted to pay for someone else to go.
When God calls you to something he will provide. Within four or five weeks Brad and I were at CCAI Adoption Agency in Louisville. Currently, all of our paperwork is in China and we are just waiting to be matched with our baby girl.
We have been awarded a $2,000 matching grant from Orphan Care Alliance, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.
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