Have you heard that November is National Adoption Month?
My Facebook feed is FULL of reminders, and for that, I'm thankful.
I'm going to try to do something adoption-related on this blog each day of November. Shouldn't be too hard since most of my life is consumed with adoption these days anyway. :)
To start, I'll share with you that our story was shared with a very special community--the Alumni of Focus on the Family's semester long leadership program. I am a proud Spring 2003 graduate of the program, then known as "Focus on the Family Institute", and many special friends were made that semester. MANY special friends from that season have been part of our fundraising so far, and we are eternally grateful for that.
You can read our story here. (Highlights below)
Tricia's StoryAdopting has been something I've wanted to do ever since I attended the Institute in 2003. After knowing several families with adoption in their stories, it also always seemed like such a practical way to live out the Gospel. When we got married in 2007, adoption was something that Matthew and I knew we would do 'someday' when the Lord led us.
After a year of marriage, we were living in Thailand teaching at a Christian school for Thai children, and the idea of adoption strongly gripped my heart, but Matthew wanted to grow our family the 'old-fashioned way' first. After two more years without a child the 'old-fashioned way', and many prayers and discussions, we finally decided to pursue adoption.
In September 2010, our adoption journey began. It took over a year and a half to get home-study approval due to some health-related issues and our messy finances. Now, two years later, we are home-study approved and waiting for the child that God has chosen for our family.
How have you seen God at work through your adoption journey?The adoption community is like no other. With all the variations—international, domestic, foster-care, family and special needs adoptions—adopting creates a wonderful opportunity to learn about how God is at work being a "Father to the fatherless" (Psalm 68:5).
There are countless blogs, organizations, orphanages and families who have felt God's call to "look after orphans" (James 1:27). It has been eye-opening. We have been humbled by God's financial provision but also heartbroken and overwhelmed by all of the need that exists. We know ours is just one story of the millions God is writing. It's so much bigger than us.
Also, you can learn about two other Alumni who are passionate about adoption, Thea Ramirez and Katie Overstreet.