Yesterday, Nov. 2, was Orphan Sunday. Our Church is one that participates and had all sorts of tables set up to learn about different ways that we can help orphans. There were tables for foster care, a couple of adoption agencies (including the one we plan on using), ways to financially support, etc.
Did you know that if just 8% of Christians adopted, there would be no orphans? And that’s just Christians! That doesn’t count people that adopt that don’t consider themselves Christian.
As we were sitting, waiting for the sermon to start yesterday, a thought ran through my head. Why are we spending all this money to try and have our own children, when there are so many out there already that need a loving family? Now, I know adoption is not for everyone and I’m not trying to make anyone else feel bad about not choosing it. Everyone is different and everyone needs to do what’s best for them. However, J and I know it’s something that we can do. We know it’s something we’ve always wanted to do. We just didn’t plan on it being because we couldn’t have our own children.
I’m finally at peace with our decision. I feel like we finally have our answer for this stage in our life. We are still going in on Wednesday to speak with Dr. Ryan. We want to make sure we have all the facts in case finances allow us at some point to do more medical treatments. But at this point in time, we are happy and at peace to move forward with adoption. I sent an email to our adoption agency this morning asking that we be placed in the January lottery to be able to move forward with the process.
Now I can’t wait for January to get here. I hope upon hope that we are picked to get started. If we aren’t, I think we will begin the process of finishing up getting licensed to be foster parents so we can provide respite care on the weekends for other foster parents. Now all I need is for God to work out the financial aspects and the timing of it all with my daycare kids. I think in order for all of this to work out, I’m going to have to let go of 1 or 2, but I’m really hoping that God will work it all out and I will lose a couple because of their own circumstances at just the right time. I don’t WANT to lose any of them or have to let any of them go but because of ages and numbers and licensing, I will probably have to. This is the biggest thing I’m worried about right now and I just need to give it to God and trust that He will take care of it.