Tuesday, November 15, 2011

{Growing Our Family -- Again}

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For the past ten years I have sat back and watched God do some amazing things in my life.  I can't say that there has been any one thing that was a fireworks, bright lights and heavenly choir singing moment -- but rather it's been the crazy way God has orchestrated the details in my life -- in our families life, to begin to tell this amazing story of grace, hope, restoration and joy.  This season of our life is no exception -- He has totally done it again.

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As most of you know we have been looking to grow our family through adoption -- another amazing child to call our own and to have a place in our home and hearts.  Yesterday we received a call that our match has been found and we will be able to meet him -- a beautiful two year old little boy -- early next week after we visit DHS and talk with the worker. So excited!  Of course we still can say no if we were to feel like it's not right -- but I don't think that will happen.  When I got the call I wanted to just explode with joy.  But there is way more to this story -- it is mind blowing just how this little boy came into the picture.

Back in the early spring, on a lazy Saturday morning, Adam, the girls and I were sitting in the living room watching the morning news.  The weekly Wednesday's Child feature came on, which is a program that features stories on children waiting for adoption.  This beautiful amazing little boy was featured and my heart melted in that I know your mine, how can I bring you home type way.  But, Angela was just placed with us.  The time was not right.  We needed time learning how to be this type of family -- time to enjoy each other and time for our love to grow and bond.  This little boy never left my mind.  I thought about him so frequently since that first moment I saw him.  

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After Angela's adoption was finalized Adam and I stared to throw around the idea of bringing another child home into our family.  We knew we wanted to, we just were not sure when.  It was after Adam and I both listened to a sermon at church about chasing after the destiny you know God has for you - getting out of the boat -- taking the first step and allowing God to do the rest -- we finally made decision to open our case back up and try to find a match.

We inquired about this little boy but to our disappointment we were told he was already matched with another family and that we were just too late.  Ugh.  My heart sank so deep, but also was trying to be happy that this little boy had found a home. 

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A few months later Adam and I attended an adoption conference for both families and workers to gain credits towards our adoption certification -- great conference but again, crazy stuff happened there.  It was time for lunch and Adam and I didn't really know anyone there to sit with.  We got in the back of the line and after we got our food we sat down at a table with only two women. After eating a rather silent lunch one of the women asked us if we were a family or if we were agency workers.  We told her that we were an adoptive family and told her a little of our story. Then she replied -- I think I know you -- I've read all about your story.  It was the little boy's recruiter.  Amazing.  We exchanged a few words and we expressed our happiness for him that he found a family but also our disappointment.  The conference went on and we went our separate ways.

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We continued on and looked at a few different kids but nothing really was going through.  Nothing that really felt totally, completely right.  As I was looking though adoption databases I noticed that this little boy was still listed for adoption. I knew that this happens a lot as even Angela was listed for a bit after she was with us.  I inquired once to our worker who confirmed what I was thinking already -- he just wasn't taken off yet. But then yesterday happened.

Yesterday I just couldn't get this little boy out of my head.  I searched online for the email address of that  recruiter we happened to sit with at the adoption conference.  I just wanted to ask one more time, and if the answer was still no I promised myself that I would let it go.  She replied within a few hours and confirmed once again that this little boy was not available.  Ugh. I called Adam and vented my frustration.  He agreed and shared my disappointment.

Then it happened.

Not five minutes later our adoption social worked called me.  She asked if I was sitting down. She told me the family fell through and they would like to match us with this little boy.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I told her that I was just in contact with his recruiter and she was unaware that this contact had occurred just a few hours earlier -- in fact it was DHS that contacted her not the recruiter.  Wow -- just wow.  

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I am still in total happy shock.  We go to DHS in Philadelphia this coming Tuesday to chat and if we feel comfortable we then will head over and meet our little boy for the first time.  So exciting!  Madison was head over heels when we told her.  She too has been particularly attached to this little boy and even after we told her that he was matched with another family, his name has frequently come out of her mouth.  So excited to begin the process of bringing him home

We will save all the details for after we meet, just to make sure everything goes through.  So excited to share this next page in our story with you all! Enjoy the photos of Angela -- so alert and looking!  Poor Madison is hard to catch on film these days -- she's a big school girl now!

19 comments:

Lisa Marie said...

THIS IS SOOO EXCITING!!! especially cause well- God so planned it out perfectly, didn't He!?? WOW awesome!! :) We are so excited for you and your family! can't wait to meet/hear/see your newest addition! :) We're looking forward to seeing you all next weekend too (I hope!) Love and Prayers!! - the walks

Molly said...

Amazing! God is so good. I love to read about His miracles in your lives.

Kelly said...

So excited for you!!! Can't wait to hear more about your new little guy. God is so faithful to us. Thrills me to read about His many blessings on your sweet family.

ShaunaQ said...

Talk about Divinity! He was meant to be yours! Powerful stuff.

-M said...

Talk about God working! I get so excited to read your updates; can't wait to hear about your Little Man

abbey said...

I'm excited for you. So I totally looked up the waiting kids list for your state and if its the same kiddo ---I've looked his profile up multiple times over the past year and kept thinking how great a kid he seemed to be. His name is also one letter different from my now adopted little guy so I guess I always just thought he needed a great home (Dont all kids though?!?) I hope things go swimmingly smoothly for your family.

Carolyn said...

SOOOO excited for y'all!!! Praying and eagerly waiting to hear all about your new son. Can't wait to "meet" him. God bless you all.
In His great and mighty love,
Carolyn O'Cain

Kyla said...

Wow! That is really amazing. I hope everything goes really smoothly.

Missy said...

So excited for you. Cant wait to hear all about him! He was so meant to be in the loving arms of your family x

Kirsten Yarnall said...

God is so faithful and so amazing. He is the master of all of our lives and I wouldn't want anyone else in control!! I cna't wiaat to hear more about and meet your soon-to-be new little boy!!!

Lucy and Ethel said...

What an uplifting post - just in time for Thanksgiving! Can't wait to learn more about your new little guy and see pictures with your two beautiful girls. Yep, God is good, and he knows an incredible family when He sees one :)

'Lucy'

Molly said...

This is so exciting! Congratulations!

Unknown said...

As an adoptive parent, I can feel your joy myself! So excited to see where this leads you. So anxious to see another example of how God places children in families. Amazing!

Amanda said...

This just brings tears to my eyes! So happy for you!!

Shan said...

I love when God shows out!!! I can't wait to read all about your meeting with your special little boy! Love the pictures of Angela she is a beautiful little girl and her smile lights up my computer!!!
Praying blessings on you and your family from Mississippi!!

LIfe A Bit Sweeter (Michelle) said...

speechless and full of happy tears.

Anonymous said...

So very excited to hear about your new addition!!!!

marie clare said...

So AMAZING, God definitely has his hand in this. Good luck at the first meeting, Im sure you will ROCK IT!!!

RELH said...

Amazing!