Adoption runs deeply in both Chris’s and my families. Various friends and family members either were adopted or did adopt. Because of this and because of our desire to care for children through the blessing of adoption, we always assumed we would adopt one day. We had no idea when “one day” would come, but I subconsciously assumed it wouldn’t come for quite some time.
After losing Basil, I started to wonder if my assumption was wrong.
Two (and then three) miscarriages in less than a year turned everything upside down. We had wrongly assumed that adoption wouldn’t have a place in our early years as a family simply because we thought we’d have our hands and days full of biological blessings.
I started reading and learning so much, and I started seriously following Reece’s Rainbow in July after losing Basil in June. It has brought me so much joy to watch from afar the sons and daughters who are finding their way home. Praying over these children has been a blessing to me.
It’s easy from the outside looking in to think that we’re hoping to adopt because of our miscarriages. But, honestly, that feels so incomplete to me. First of all, adoption is something, as I mentioned, that has always been near and dear to our hearts. Secondly, adoption is important to our theology. As followers of Christ, we have been adopted into God’s family forevermore. And finally, adoption is just a separate decision for us than that of conceiving a biological child. Quite simply, there are children who need a family; and we are a family with more love to give. Adoption is not a back-up plan for us.
So where does that leave us now? We’re waiting. We’re waiting for God to throw open the door and pave the way for us. There are a few large logistical doors that time alone will open, but we’re prayerfully and humbly hoping to begin the adoption process in 2013.
We hope you’ll be along for the journey.
Have you ever considered adoption? Does adoption tell a story in your life? Leave a comment!