Ever since our teen years, separately, my husband and I both had a draw to adoption. As a dating couple, we talked and dreamed of adopting one day. We were married, and decided to start our family. It makes me laugh now, to remember how easy we thought that would be. Our idea was to have a few biological kids and then adopt. God had other plans, and the old, familiar echo rings true—His way is better! We walked through infertility for five years before we heard from a doctor the freeing words “there’s no reason that you’re not pregnant.” Maybe to some that would just sound like a big question mark, but to us, it was God’s finger pointing to walk forward with our adoption dreams (and to be honest, I’m a little ashamed it took us as long as it did to step forward). We knew then that we had a daughter in India. We started the adoption journey with Lifeline Children’s Services November 2017. We were home with our daughter Hallelujah Joy (“Hallee Joy”) May 2019.
God works through dreams sometimes; although, I’m not one who had experienced this personally, until we got home with our daughter. Then I had a dream, and in this dream we had a son as well, and he was Asian. Jeremiah had been telling me for a long time that he believed our son would come from Asia, and so when I told him about my dream, he was extremely excited! We knew we had to wait for Hallee to get close to 3 years old so that we could start the next adoption process. By this time, I didn’t even want biological kids—I want my babies that are out there in the world, needing me!
We began praying through countries, waiting for God to funnel our hearts to the right one. However, more than a specific country we felt God had called us to once again use Lifeline Children’s Services, so we were confident that our little boy was in one of the Asian countries they represented. After hearing about the different opportunities: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, we felt God direct us to China. So here we are, stepping out in faith. My husband is a pastor at a small church, so the finances feel intimidating. If we dwell on the expenses, or the emotions (the ups-and-downs ahead of us), we can feel overwhelmed! Also, because it’s our second adoption, we’re not walking into this with rose colored glasses. We are familiar with the heartache, but equally familiar with God’s overpowering faithfulness!!!! So the first thing I did—is what I did for our first adoption: get a blanket for my little one, and begin praying over it, and longing for the day that I wrap it snuggly around him, and whisper “we’ve been longing for you, welcome home!”
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