I’m sure this comes as no surprise, considering the fact that we haven’t really been keeping it a secret, but Nate and I have some news. Our family is getting bigger.
(But this time my belly won’t be.)
Nate and I are in the process of bringing home our next batch of kiddos, and this time we’re doing it through adoption. From Costa Rica!
We have known for about 5 years now that adoption was a part of our story, long before we ever started trying to have children biologically. We have always desired a mixed family of both biological and adopted children, and we are thrilled that after years of praying, we have finally felt God urging us to get started. So we have begun the process of bringing our child (but very possibly 2 siblings) home.
Even though we started the process months ago, we still have a long way to go, because Costa Rican adoption takes 2-3 years to complete. We probably won’t be finished until sometime in 2013. That’s a long time to be “paper pregnant.” And by starting now, we will hopefully be finished with the process before our 2 years of training in Costa Rica is over and we move to our permanent Latin American location.
You might be wondering, why now? Why jump into something now when you’re in the middle of support raising and moving to the field?
Well, the simple answer is this: We’ve been praying for the green light about adoption for about 5 years. We have been praying for the green light for missions for about 7 years. We never in a million years thought that God was going to say “go” to both of those at the same time. But He did. And when God says “go,” we do.
We know this is going to be hard. We know it is going to be stressful. We know that bringing in one or two more children (not babies) into our family will not be easy. We know that there’s a high likelyhood that learning spanish, adjusting to a new culture, helping our boys transition to Latin America, and bonding with one or two new children who speak a different language is going to send me to the crazy house.
But I don’t care. I trust God for those things. I trust that He is going to hold me through the hard parts. That if he calls us to do something hard, he will give us the grace to rest in Him through the process. And I trust Him when he says, “They are waiting on you. Go get them.”
So pray for us as we work to grow our family. Pray for our emotional journey. Pray for the boys to be “ready” when the time comes to be big brothers or little brothers or both…or however the birth order will be. And pray for the child(ren) that God has chosen for us to parent…because s/he is already out there somewhere, waiting.
And we’re ready to bring them home.