I’ve been keeping a secret, but a really good one. WE ARE ADOPTING!!! I was approached by someone two months ago and asked if Joshua and I had ever considered adoption because there is a baby that is in need of a forever family that is due this fall. I told this person that we have considered adoption before, but that we never felt like the Lord was telling us to do so. We felt like this the same way we felt like we were never supposed to do any interventions through a fertility clinic. So we have been waiting. I can’t explain it other than that we knew the Lord was telling us no to both of these situations.
But I did tell them that I would talk to Joshua about it. I did not find it a coincidence two weeks prior that we had been approached by someone else about a different specific child in need. Yep. That’s right. I was approached by someone else just two weeks prior about another baby. We knew quickly that this baby was not the one the Lord had planned for our family, but I do believe the Lord was using this story two weeks earlier to prepare our hearts for our baby (that sounds so cool to say- our baby!). This is not something that has happened our entire time of waiting for our baby, so when I had two people, in the span of two weeks come to me about adopting a specific baby, I could not discount this “coincidence.”
Josh and I did a lot of talking and neither of us felt like we were getting a “no” from the Lord. We weren’t hearing “yes” yet, but we knew he wasn’t telling us “no” like we had felt previously. After a week of praying and discussing it, we felt like we were supposed to pursue talking to the birth family. We met and heard so much of the story and we could not count these things that lined up perfectly as coincidences. It was like the Lord was telling us and the birth family that this was His plan and that He had this baby planned for us the whole time. I am blown away by His provision and His plan.
Josh and I understand that no adoption is for certain, but we trust the Lord that He has a plan and a purpose for this baby and for our family and this story, no matter what happens, will glorify the Lord. We will prepare our home and Levi for the arrival of a new baby GIRL come this November and walk that road if something were to change.
Just a few weeks ago, I wrote in my last Patiently Waiting post I said, “If that means we are to wait another 5 years for a baby because our conception was nothing short of a miracle, then I pray that prayer. If that means we are to adopt because the story could only be orchestrated by the Lord, then I pray that prayer. If that means we never have another baby because God wants to use me to bring people to know Him, then I pray that prayer.” The Lord KNEW this before I could ever have known. This baby is not our backup plan. She is who the Lord has had for us the whole time in this whole process of wanting another child.
Thank you all for sharing this journey for us. Our journey to help me with my endometriosis and to possibly have another biological baby is still happening, but we just get this awesome part of our journey now as well.