Our journey to adoption began many years ago. Before we got married, we discussed children and if we wanted to have our own biological children or adopt. We both agreed that we would like to do both. Several years later, after enduring a year of infertility and a miscarriage, we both agreed to pursue adoption. God had other plans. We found we were pregnant just a month after making that choice.
A few years later, after having 2 biological children, we agreed that we could have more. Having another biological child wasn’t in God’s plans, however, and yet we were not disappointed by that. One night, on the way home from work, I was listening to a woman’s adoption story on the radio. Something about her story touched me. I came into the house, crying, and told my husband I thought this was the path for us. We agreed to pray about it. From then on, adoption was constantly on our minds. A week after hearing the radio story, I saw an announcement for an international adoption seminar at our local Children’s Hospital, hosted by the International Adoption Clinic located in Birmingham. Looking back, I know God was slowly leading us into our own adoption story.
We both agreed to keep praying about it. We did not want to be ungrateful to God for giving us His two precious sons to raise, and yet we could not get adoption off our hearts or minds. Every day we were thinking of a child in another country; praying that God would show us the way. God slowly revealed to us that it was not a matter of gratitude, but a matter of love; we had enough love in our hearts for another child.
After attending the adoption seminar, I came to encounter a former patient of mine. I had taken care of this child for about a year while working as a nurse in a critical care unit. He was terribly injured at the hands of his birth mother. A woman, a stranger, began to visit him. A woman that only God could have brought to him. She began to take care of him; she cleaned his wounds, changed his many dressings, helped with his therapies, and visited him every day. She didn’t know this child before then; and yet she began to love him as her own. She petitioned the courts to adopt this child. She is the true picture of how we should be as children of God–trusting, faithfully, in His will no matter the circumstances. After telling this to my husband, we both felt that God was telling us to move forward with our adoption journey.
That night, I slept peacefully for the first time in months. We both had a peace that could only have come from God. We absolutely believe that God prepared our hearts to journey down this path to our daughter. We continue to pray daily for our daughter, though we do not yet know who she is. We also pray that God will continue to prepare our hearts and minds for the child that will come into our home.
We have been awarded a $2500 matching grant from Oak Mountain Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. Every dollar you contribute will be matched to $2500–praise God! This will bring us ever closer to our girl. Thank you for reading, and most especially for praying for us during this journey.
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