Monday, June 8, 2009

OUR BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

First of all, I am not pregnant, though I might as well be. Gosh, I have butterflies just typing this post up. I am praying as I type this, for Jesus to guide my words and help me share in a way that will open our friends and families hearts.

We have been praying for quite some time now (close to 2 years) about adoption and God's plan for our lives regarding adoption. I have felt the burden for a long time, and just recently, Brad began to feel the burden as well. We both believe that Jesus is leading us to bring a little girl home from China.

So, our family is growing! We have absolutely **NO** idea how we will pull this off. We have no idea where the money is going to come from. We have no idea where to even begin. Honestly though, we believe where Jesus has given us a vision, he will also give us the provision.

I can say with 100% certainty that we have never taken such a huge leap of faith. We understand that we have a house full already. We understand that we do not have $35,000 lying around (actually, we don't even have $10 lying around). We understand that there are a lot of mountains standing in our way. However, there is no denying it is 100% Jesus leading us to bring our little girl home. I believe that when all of it works out, Jesus will receive full Glory. Only He can provide in the ways we need.

We are scared, overwhelmed, and down right crazy for even thinking about this. But, we are trusting Jesus. His heart is for the orphan. We believe by bringing a little girl home, we are honoring Him.

Oh, one more thing - she will have some special needs, and she is likely to be older. We aren't bringing home a perfectly, healthy baby. We are bringing home a little girl that is wondering when her mommy and daddy are coming. A little girl that is longing to be HOME. A little girl that doesn't know what it's like to be tucked in at night, to feel a hug from someone that loves her unconditionally. A little girl that would never have a chance to know Jesus if we didn't bring her home.

How can we say no to Him? We can't.

If you all would like to follow our adoption journey, please feel free! We (and I mean ME) will be keeping a blog, much like this one at Hearts Filled With Hope. We would love for you to join us there. I thought about just combining the two blogs, but I will keep them separate so this one doesn't get bogged down with adoption stuff.

If you feel so inclined to pray for us, we would all appreciate it. We have a lot of things to work out and prepare for. So please, if you get a second, lift our family up in prayer as we embarked on this *long*, crazy, and exciting journey! Thank you!

4 comments:

Beth said...

I'm so stinkin excited for you. If you have questions about international adoption, I'm sure my sister would be happy to answer them. (although I know they didn't adopt from China, but it was international) I have other friends that adopted from China and I may be able to track them down as well. (they moved away about 1 year ago). Just know that you're in my prayers as you begin this journey

Anonymous said...

I'm super excited and can't wait see see this journey unfold in front of me!

Much love to you guys!

Tunabutt!

Lori said...

I am so stoked to hear your announcement! Buckle up and get ready for the ride of your life!

Let me know if I can help in any way! And of course I will pray!!

mama love. said...

You are awesome. I'm so happy and excited for you, as I know how long you have wanted this. God is great and He will move those mountains. Absolutely you will have our prayers and my listening ear (or return texts) when you need someone to talk to or just listen! I love you!