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July 16, 2017

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.

  1. Leslie

    July 16th, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I am so thrilled for all concerned. I have a cousin that was adopted, and I love her dearly. Her mother, my aunt ended up having two biological children after the adoption! You never know what the Lord has in store, but I am praying strongly for this baby girl. Hugs, Leslie

  2. mandi

    July 16th, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks so much Leslie!!

  3. David Killebrew

    July 16th, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    So unbelievably happy for you and your family!! I have a soft spot for adoption due to both my niece and nephew being adopted. I hope all the best for you!!

  4. mandi

    July 16th, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks so much David! We are so excited!

  5. Meg

    July 16th, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    So excited for your good news!

  6. mandi

    July 31st, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Thanks so much Meg!

  7. Allie

    July 16th, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    So happy for you and you’re in my prayers. I see Gods plan unfolding and it’s so exciting. This baby is blessed to have such loving and Godly parents preparing for her!

  8. Lisi

    July 16th, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Mandi, I am so happy for you and your family. You will be a wonderful mother to this little girl, and bringing her into your home forever will be a blessing from G-d and on the world. You know I have always admired you and your faith, and I’m so happy that this is where G-d has led you. It’s funny, you had not really thought about adoption, and I have been thinking a lot about it.
    Love you <3

  9. mandi

    July 31st, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Thanks so much sweet Lisi! I appreciate it. We are so thrilled at God’s plan for our family and how He is bringing this little girl into our family. Praying for you and your decision!

  10. Katie Hamel

    July 16th, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I cannot think of a greater honor the to be sought out and asked not once but twice to be parents to a child in need. They could have asked anybody and they asked you, absolutely beautiful and amazing.

  11. mandi

    July 31st, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Thank you so much Katie. It was all the Lord and His plan for our family. We are so excited!

  12. Gisel

    July 17th, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Wow. Great news. Bless your heart ! I pray for a smooth process. It’s wonderful to hear testimonies like this.

  13. mandi

    July 31st, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Thanks Gisel! Your prayers have meant so much!

  14. Diane Mason

    July 18th, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Mandi!!!!!!!!!!!!! So exciting. Congratulations! God is good, all the time.

  15. mandi

    July 31st, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Thank you so much Diane! We are so thrilled!

  16. Suzette

    August 8th, 2017 at 1:11 am

    What an amazing opportunity. Adoption is such the heart of the Father. I pray He blesses you with not only this adopted baby, but another biological child of your own. ❤️

  17. mandi

    August 9th, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks so much Suzette! We are beyond blessed!

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