I figured the last post already gave it away… but I knew that I should probably come back and provide a formal explanation 🙂
Will and I have known for a VERY long time that we were called to adoption. Even as a brand new dating couple, we admired other families who adopted and brought children into their families in this unconventional way. A little bit before getting married we found out that for health reasons having children would be a bit more complicated for us than it was for our friends and families. Although this knowledge brought on a lot of initial grief, we quickly realized that the Lord was just rearranging our timeline. What the world might see as an inconvenience or a difficulty, we are believing is a gift, a clear direction and a blessing.
So… here we are! Today, we are SO passionate, certain and EXCITED for this calling that we know we are being led to. To think that God is commanding us to parent a child (or children!) that otherwise might not have the opportunity to hear about the love of Christ is an absolute honor and we can’t wait to see how our story unfolds.
With that said—we have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes! I have started a photography business and have been using all of the profits to benefit our adoption. We have also started a fundraising page and have been blown away by the friends and family that have generously and selflessly given out of the kindness of their hearts. A garage sale is also in the works, as well as the puzzle fundraiser that you guys already saw.
On the adoption process side, we are officially almost done with the homestudy! We had our first two visits and the final will be next week. Once our social worker writes up our paperwork we will officially be “waiting”. How exciting! The craziest thing about this whole process is wanting to be prepared, but not wanting to get too prepared too early because you never really know how long the wait could be. Our social worker told us the average for Bethany is 18 months… so it could be a while! We obviously are hoping that it’s not, but know with 100% certainty that the Lord’s timing is best.