It was April of 2010, that's where our journey began.
Brook and I were on staff at a church in California and we were attending a church leadership conference. Our first baby was only 3 weeks old, and it was our first major outing as a family. Little did we know at the time the impact that conference would have on our lives and the future of our family. I always knew growing up, I wanted to be a mom. I wanted a million babies and I wanted them from all over the world. I had a heart for Africa and after my first trip there, I was addicted. When Brook and I got married, this was no secret to him. He knew of my heart for orphans and desire for a big family. We never really talked much about adopting, I knew that God needed to call us to adopt as a family.
During that conference, I was in and out with the baby and missed a lot. Someone got up to share about adoption and orphan care and I needed to feed and change Jessi so I stepped out. I remember listening to the speaker from the lobby and challenging everyone to ask "What if". What if God has something more for them. What if God wanted them to open their home to foster care or adoption. What if they could make a difference somehow.
I was changing my 3 week old baby in the bathroom and saw a text message pop up on my phone from Brook. All it said was "What if we adopted?". And that was it. In that moment God made it very clear to him (I already knew!) that was the answer for our family. We actually stepped in to start the process at a couple of different times, but it was not the right time. It wasn't God's plan. We ended up having two more children of our own, and nearly 5 years later...we got the YES from God.
Our time is now! God is calling us to bring A CHILD into our FOREVER family!
We have officially started the adoption process, and we are looking forward to adding a sweet baby to our family sometime this year!! I've answered some detail questions here, but I wanted to share a bit more about our heart for adoption and why we chose this route for our family.
LOVE IS GREATER THAN BLOOD.
This is our family mission statement. We adore our biological children. Love them to pieces. But love? It's greater than blood, and we have been called to something GREATER. We believe as Christ followers, we are called to care for the orphans and the widows. The bible tells us to. There are 147 million orphans worldwide. I know this must break the heart of God, and it breaks mine. In the past 5 years as I've researched and studied the adoption process, my eyes have been opened to the need of orphan care in this world. While I want to care for all of them, I can only do so much. So, I can care for one right now. I can change the future for this one. For my child. God holds us responsible to the things he places on our hearts, and it's our calling to care for this child.
"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12
What is your "What if"? How can you step out of your comfort zone and give a child a forever home? Maybe you are called to adoption (awesome!!), or maybe you can help by financially helping a family bring home a child. Adoption is not easy and it is not cheap. You can read about our financial needs on our adoption page, they are not small. We need the help of friends, family, the CHURCH to come around us and help us through this journey.
Our precious, growing family!
We are absolutely THRILLED to be expecting baby #4!! Please keep us in your prayers as we step forward in faith!