When we felt that we were being called to adoption, I will admit that we hesitated for a bit because we thought “how in the world will we ever afford this?”, “are we really ready to add a third child??”, “things are so predictable right now, do we really want to mess with that?”.
But we also wanted to be obedient and knew that our God would not leave us throughout the process. And there are things that are simply too cool not to share. So many things from the very beginning!
Most recently, we have made some seriously awesome connections!
As I type this, I am chatting with a new friend who lives in China! We were connected through a friend I go to church with….and my new friend is FULL of information about the city that Grace lives in because she used to live there! How cool is that? Even cooler is the fact that we may get to meet her and her husband while halfway across the world!
Months and months ago, we were informed of an amazing donation to our adoption. The donation was almost 1/3 of our total need! I was able to get this donors contact information and email her….trying my hardest to express our gratitude. This woman is an angel on earth. She is an adoptive mom herself and fell in love with our daughter but was not in the position to adopt her at that time. We committed to Grace and this sweet lady felt led to make a large donation for the little girl that she loves dearly. I am excited to be able to share the updated pictures with the donor and hope to one day be able to arrange a meeting! This woman put her own desires aside and blessed a family she does not know (US!!) simply because she loves a little orphan on the other side of the world (Grace!). I have been left speechless by this since the day we found out.
Adoptive families have a great support among eachother via social media. We can share our progress, and no matter how small it seems to the “outside world”, the adoption world celebrates! We share our heartache of the waiting process. We share tips and ask questions. Its like nothing I have ever seen. There is this family whom we connected with via Facebook after we saw that we were on a similar timeline. It started out as simple chatting….and has transpired into so much more.
This family is from just outside of Charlotte, NC! (3 hours from us!). They are adopting their first child! (Us too!). They have a 13 year old daughter who is going to China with them! (Us too!) They are traveling to Beijing first! (Us too!)
But the Lord provided down to the SMALLEST detail. We have different travel agents (but same adoption agency….which is how we connected). The 14 hour flight from America to China will be a long one, for sure. We will be bored, tired and anxious. But we will NOT be experiencing it by ourselves because our new friends from Charlotte are on the SAME plane as us……..yes, same plane! AND….to make it even more obvious (God knows I sometimes need things to be obvious for me to see it….) that we are supposed to be friends……… on a plane with 50 rows of seats….we are ON THE SAME ROW!!!!!!! How in the world does that happen?! Okay…so I KNOW how it happens but it is almost hard to believe!
So we will spend the first 5 days of our adoption trip with a family who we gets it. I can.not.wait!
We leave in 2 weeks. Our lives will forever be changed and I am so thankful that the Lord called our little family to this journey. The blessings we have experienced are nothing short of amazing.