Kevin and I desire to have a “home to many”. We want to take care of people, no matter where they are from, or where they are going.
In January 2013, Kevin and I began reading together Adopted for Life by Russell Moore. We have always known that we would like to adopt, but really felt like this was the time to start praying about it. We are not giving up on the “traditional way” of becoming parents, but this is what we feel like we are supposed to pursue at this point in our lives. We loved his book! From it we learned: “There is no such thing in God’s economy as an “adopted child,” only a child who was adopted into the family. “Adopted” defines how you came into the household, but it doesn’t define you as some other sort of family member. In the Book of Romans, Paul defines all Christians, both Jew and Gentile, as having received a common “spirit of adoption” (Rom. 8:15; 9:4).” In February 2013, we attended an info session for Lifeline Children’s Services and we love everything about them and we prayerfully decided to use them as our adopting agency.
In May 2013, we finally began filling out the application. After much prayer, some anxious moments of looking at the price of adoption and our finances, we decided that God is much bigger than we can even imagine and He knows how He is going to fund our adoption!
May 13th, 2013: We are currently filling out the very long application and applying for Ethiopia and Uganda as our potential programs. My goal is to send this in by Friday of this week: May 17th! Just a few more days to go!!
May 20th, 2013: We mailed our application and $250 application fee! Only 3 days behind our deadline! YAY!
May 24th, 2013: We received a call from Lifeline saying that they received our application and we are good to go! We applied for Ethiopia, though we are still open to other countries! We don’t have to fully decide for another 3-4 months if we want another program or country.
June 23rd, 2013: Fundraising officially begins and first round of newsletters are mailed to our close friends and family. We are planning a few other things, as well. We will share them as they develop!
Sept 19th, 2013: Our adoption plans changed a bit, and then we were back at square one. Read this post to know more. Why we said YES to Adoption, no matter what.
January 2nd, 2014: We attended a Foster Parent info meeting and decided to pursue being foster parents through the State. We read the book Fostering Love by Dr. John DiGarmo and highly recommend it!!
February 4th, 2014: We began our 24 hours of training to be foster parents by attending our first IMPACT meeting. We will go every Tuesday for 3 hours through the month of March.
May 14th-27th, 2014: We received our first 2 foster kids, but we were not yet fully approved, so we really weren’t fully prepared. We were a temporary home for the kids. They were brothers, ages 4 and 12. It was the hardest 2 weeks of our lives, but we learned so much, grew so much and discovered what it would be like to be parents. We now know the questions to ask, better strategies and ways for parenting.
June and July 2014: April did two rounds of Clomid to help with ovulation, both unsuccessful.
September 2014: April diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We put adoption, fostering and having a baby on hold for about 6 months.
May 24th, 2015: We found out April is pregnant! Completely a miracle baby, and already so loved. Baby L due January 2016.
January 31st, 2016: Baby Boy Emmett was born!! We are filled with joy!
We are thankful the Lord knows what we need, and we are praying for Him to build our family in His timing. Our story has taken a lot of twists and turns, our hearts have not changed as far as fostering or adoption but life just looks a lot different than we thought it would be! God is good and we love our baby boy!