It began about 11 years ago now. It started as just a seed in our hearts, and over the last 11 years, it has been watered by many, and the seed planted in our hearts has grown. It began back when Tim and I first met at the Wesley Foundation at Arkansas Tech University. We both worked in a children’s ministry called Age 2 Age. It was a mentoring program that paired college students with an at-risk child. I can’t tell you how many times we looked at each other and said something like, “Can we take him home with us?” Or, “I’d keep her in a second.” It grew even more when we began teaching. The previous questions were no longer offered in jest, but instead turned into pleas to each other. Seeing kids who desperately need someone to love them broke our hearts over and over again.
Then we had our own children. And it awoke our parental emotions even more. So over the past 8 years, even while we have had three biological children, the desire to give others a loving home was still there and still growing. It just hasn’t been the right time. It’s just been in the last year and a half that the four year gap between Isaac and Hannah has begun to look so very empty. It’s particularly glaring at the dinner table when we have that one seat left unoccupied. It’s been about a year now since we’ve felt the Lord’s leading us and nudging us, saying, “Now’s the time.”
So here we are, about to embark on this beautiful journey of Adoption.
Very much like having a biological child, I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m a little scared. I’m not quite sure what this next season of life is going to look like. But, we are looking forward to following God’s will for our lives. And we are looking forward to adding a new member to our family.
We’ve debated about whether or not to tell anyone for several months now, but what we have realized is that the system is slow and it’s difficult to maneuver. We’ve already been delayed for various reasons, and it’s not easy for a mother’s heart knowing that you have a child somewhere out there who isn’t with you. So we’re asking for your prayers. We are scheduled to start the process this week with our home consultation, and then in September we will start classes through The Call. Hopefully by October, we will be open. Please pray that everything happens in God’s timing, according to His perfect will, and that He will begin preparing this child for becoming a member of the Wood Family. That would be an adjustment for anyone!