Wow. What a whirlwind. Since we began this adoption journey, everything has moved so quickly. At the beginning of September, we decided it was time to begin the process to get to our second child. In less than a month, we have submitted an application to our agency, been accepted, shared with our parents and family, shouted the joyful news from the rooftops, and completed the beginning paperwork. God provided the funds for us to pay our accreditation fee and half of our first agency fee. Praise the Lord for His provision!
Next up is our orientation and then we will begin the homestudy. The homestudy is a 2-4 month process where pretty much everything about our home, marriage, and family is evaluated. We are eager to begin and continue moving forward. When we have completed the homestudy, we can send everything off to be approved by the Indian government (CARA). Once approved, we’ll be matched and finally get the profile of the child God ordained for our family!
In these past few weeks, my heart has been broken in so many ways…
Broken by the humility that has been thrust upon me. I have come face to face with my idol: pride. My pride masks itself in independence. I have been humbled and come to realize just how dependent I am on my husband, my friends, my family, my God. I rejoice in this correction and refinement. Lord, may I never boast of my independence and strength, again. It is only the hand of God that has brought me to where I am. To Him be all the glory.
Broken by the generosity of our friends and family. I cannot even speak to this, to this love they have poured out on us and our little one. From the sweet phone calls and texts, to the encouraging cards, to the financial gifts. The gifts that I know have been a sacrifice. This beautiful picture of Christ and the church.
Broken by the great tragedy of our child and the loss of their biological momma. This week, my heart has been so heavy for our baby in India. Just knowing the means that they are coming to us, and I grieve for them, for their loss, their hurt, their tears that I am not yet able to dry. I long to comfort them. And their momma, if she’s living, I just can’t imagine her pain, what she must be going through, and my heart shatters for her. Would you please pray for them?
Coming up: We will be having a t-shirt fundraiser soon to help us cover the costs of the first few agency fees. I’ll post about our shirts as soon as we have them! Our next fee is due at the end of this month, and another $3,500 is due by November 20th. We are doing everything we can to reach these payment dates (Bret is working overtime and on weekends, I’ve been accepted as a substitute at a local school), but even with our extra hours we do not have the means. We believe with all our hearts, and have already seen, that God will provide. Please pray for us! If you feel led, please consider clicking the link to our GoFundMe or share it with others.