Glad you’re back! If you would like to start from the beginning of our adoption story, you may find part 1 here. To pick up where we left off, I was ready to surrender my will to God’s will. After more than a year of trying to get pregnant and feeling so strongly that the Lord was leading us to adopt, I was ready to move forward with actively pursuing adoption. I had just told one of my closest friends in late February of 2015 that we were open to whatever God had for us. Famous last words.
The phone rang three weeks later. It was the friend I had been talking to. “Wait? What did you say?” I asked into my phone. She had heard through the grapevine of an urgent need for adoptive parents and thought she’d give me the information. My heart was pounding. “Urgent?” I didn’t like the sound of that.
I told Zach about it and he, in his steady, unaffected voice, said, “Let’s call and ask about it. It won’t hurt to knock on the door and see what God does.”
Our appointment was a week out and it was a necessary time of dedicated prayer while we went about our daily lives. I was an emotional mess the whole week but, miraculously, I was peaceful when we met with the lawyer via telephone and discussed the need. Their agency had several African American babies being born in the next 5 months who did not have matches. This was an unusual situation for them and they immediately started networking to find adoptive parents. The greatest need was for 2 babies being born in mid-May. This was mid-March!
Let me pause for one second and share with you one other detail that Zach and I felt strongly about in regards to our adoption. We had watched and read about so many couples who go through agency adoptions who wait for up to 3 years to be placed. Zach and I had desired to be able to respond to a need. It was something God placed on both our hearts. There are so many wonderful, willing, and waiting parents out there and we did not want to go on a waiting list to compete with other parents who might have been trying a lot longer than us. Our desire was to be willing to fulfill a need and take any child God placed in front of us that we were able to care for, regardless of race, gender, background, etc.
So here it was. I was completely flabbergasted! (In case you’re wondering, that’s a step up from “mind-boggled”) This was not the timing that I anticipated… I figured we’d get our home study started and start saving as best we could and applying for grants. Then maybe in a year or so there would be a need to which we would calmly and collectedly respond. Ha!
Zach informed me that he thought we should do some research on the agency, pray about it, and if things checked out, submit our information for consideration.
“We don’t need to pray about adopting. We already know we are called to adopt so we just need to be prepared to respond if this is what God is asking us to do,” he told me. Made sense. So we did. We asked a bunch of questions and made phone calls. We prayed. And we submitted… both our application and to God’s will. Then we waited and prayed.
There were still so many pieces of the puzzle to be put in place. This was going to be a $30,000 undertaking and I was going nuts trying to figure out how we could finance this if this was God’s will for our family.
We had only to wait and see if one of the birth mothers selected our profile.
Two weeks had gone by since the initial call. Easter week now upon me, one of my busiest times of the year, and we got a call. The first birthmother who saw our profile had chosen us! All we had to say was yes and we had a sweet baby boy coming home in May… but WHAT? We asked for some time to think, discuss the situation, and pray. It was not an optimal time to get alone and pray for God’s direction! This was not the way I imagined our adoption journey. What normally takes months or years, was taking days. I was completely overjoyed, overwhelmed, terrified, and excited. And of course, still flabbergasted and mind boggled!
Jesus and I started working this stuff out in my heart and head in the wee hours of the night. Zach and I carved out some time to really talk about it. Nothing in the situation gave us cause for concern and we both felt very strongly that this is what God is asking us to do. He confirmed it in both our hearts… We were willing and terrified. All that was left was to take a huge leap of faith trusting that, in less than 6 weeks, God would provide the funding and baby items needed to make this adoption happen.
Sounds crazy, I know. But the LORD does crazy things… or at least it seems that way to us. He leads and our job is to walk in faith and obedience. I’m a worship leader so I think in song lyrics and this was my “go to” during this time…
Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
We waited in quiet expectation for God to move in a mighty way to bring our little boy home and God does not disappoint.