It Was Worth It

Last Friday, we got a call.  The one call that we’ve been waiting for.  When I saw the number, my heart skipped a beat, because I knew what the voice was going to say at the other end, “You’ve been matched.”  What I didn’t expect is how much God would show himself to us through  that phone call and the following days.

We started this adoption journey a year ago next month.  We’ve laughed, cried, and everything in between, and it’s all been leading up to that phone call on Friday.  You see, I knew God  was going to make it really clear to us.  I knew that there would be some sort of story, because there is always a story when God is involved…those stories are testimonies of God’s love for us.

What I didn’t expect was just how much of a story it would be. I am not quite ready to tell all of this story as it is still being written, but let me just say that God is REAL, and I know it because I can see His hand at work in every single detail. Every. Tiny. Detail has his thumbprint on it. Wow, does he love us or what?

So, since Friday, it’s been a whirlwind of meeting new people, and that has all been leading up to meeting him. I have been a ball of nerves all week. A ball of nerves…all those questions that kept coming up the past year…well, they’ve really been rolling this past week. My blood pressure has been on the rise, my stomach has been in knots, and I’ve had more headaches this week than I’ve had in a year.   I know, I know, just trust God, and I try, but then there are the voices…

What if he doesn’t like us?

What if it just isn’t a fit?

What if….

But then, we met him, and those voices were silenced. I know it may not always be easy…it’s never easy parenting…but I had been praying that the minute I saw him, I’d love him, and that’s just what happened. We played, we laughed, the kids played together and laughed together. He studied our faces and asked Tim why his nose was so long, and told us silly stories. He’s going to be a great fit.  And now my stomach can begin to untangle and we can begin to navigate the transition process together. We are so grateful for the prayers sent up on our behalf. I can’t tell you how much we have felt them. So many people have been praying for us. Our church has been absolutely wonderful, we’ve had endless support from our friends and family…we are just blown away by the love you all have shown us. So thank you, and please continue to pray. We are at the beginning of a big transition. Please pray for an easy adjustment for all of us, and for things to work out according to God’s will.

And before I finish up, can I just throw in a huge plug for The CALL? This is an AMAZING ministry here in Arkansas. Our new son is with another CALL family in another county and they have just been OUTSTANDING. I just can’t say enough good about them and about The CALL ministry. It’s just a huge network of people working together to take care of children in Arkansas. I just encourage you to see what you can do to get involved with this ministry.

Thank you friends, from the bottom of our hearts….all 6 of them!

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Super Quick Update & Prayer Request

Ok, so as it turns out, the last set of forms (and the only four pieces of paper holding up our adoption process) that we sent to our resource worker never made it to her desk, so this whole time we thought we were “open”, we weren’t!  Oh well…the Lord’s timing!  But, I sent the second set of forms out today (and made a copy this time!).  So, would you all pray with us that those forms get where they need to go at just the right time so that the matching process can begin?  I just feel that we are in a place where we are needing some prayers to get things moving.  Also, pray for our patience.  It’s not easy when you know you are *that* close, just not there.

Thanks so much…we’ll keep you updated.