2011 has been a rough year. We’re ready to look it in the eye, throw up two fingers and shout, “Peace out, 2011. It’s been real.”
That’s not to say we aren’t grateful for 2011 and all that we learned within it’s parentheses.
Release. Submition. Gratitude. Contentment. Trust. Faith. Hope. Love.
They’ve all made their presence known the past twelve months, maybe more flamboyantly than they would’ve been had we not walked through the junk of the year. In fact, if it weren’t for the occurrences of 2011, we would not have arrived here. Knocking at the door of adoption. Ready and willing to trust God for the support, the will power, the faith, and the love to bring another child into our family…a little differently than we originally planned.
To be clear, this does not mean that we have stopped hoping for more birth children, it means that God has stalled us just long enough for us to realize that He has an exciting adventure planned for our family. Somewhere, somehow we have a child that is not made of our DNA…but we are convinced that this does not make him/her any less ours.
We have decided to adopt internationally. ONLY because we feel in our spirits that it is what God is asking us to do. I’ve always leaned toward domestic adoption, to tell you the truth, but for whatever reason God has bent Josh’s and my heart toward foreign lands for this child. We are considering Honduras but are not settled on any one country. The obstacles are great. Gigantic, actually, but we believe that God can do whatever He wants [Ephesians 3:20]. And if He asks us to do something, He’ll provide a way to do it.
And that’s it, really. We just wanted you to know where we’re headed…because it affects all of you. You are our family. An extension of who we are…or maybe it’s the other way around. Regardless, we want you on board! This is exciting! We are adding to our family! In a very different way than we can even fully wrap our minds around right now.
Would you be praying for us? For wisdom and guidance and clarity concerning which country we are to adopt from. I’ll fill you in as we know more, and I’m so grateful that I get to take you along on the journey 🙂