Lots to share from our adoption journey as of late…
Our last home visit was July 30. We talked all about our marriage and parenting style and wrapped up loose ends from our previous two visits. When our social workers left, we felt “weird.” We’d been looking forward to finishing our home visits for weeks and then just like that we were “done,” BUT we didn’t feel any sense of finality. This is something we’ve both been learning on this adoption journey…there are A LOT of steps and stages in adoption. The completion of each one should be celebrated, but then there is also the realization that you immediately find yourself in the midst of the next part (for us that’s waiting for our home study to be written and approved). Adoption isn’t a one-time event but rather a lifetime journey. So hence we’re learning is to be content with where our journey’s at…yes, preparing for the future but living with peace and joy in the moment.
The day after our home visit we packed and headed up to St Louis to spend four days with our dear friends Mitch and Katie and their kiddos Clara and Matthew. Katie shared our story with a number of her friends in St Louis and asked them to donate items for a garage sale. And 10+ individuals and families responded ever so generously! Seriously, Clayton and I were BLOWN away when we peeked into the garage. [If by chance you are reading this and donated items, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We are seriously so humbled and filled with gratitude that people who barely know us or who’ve never even met us would partner with our adoption journey. What a HUGE blessing and encouragement!!]
God GREATLY blessed our garage sale. We made $754 AND have several items that we’ve been selling online since the sale so that number will only grow.
While in St. Louis we also had our all-day adoption training with Bethany. The highlight for us was hearing from a panel of birth moms and one birth father. One of our primary reasons for pursuing a domestic newborn adoption (as opposed to adopting out of foster care or internationally) is because we have a heart and desire to develop a strong, healthy relationship with our birth mom. (We plan to share more on this in a future post). Hearing these courageous individuals tell their stories was both inspiring and challenging as God’s been stirring us to deepen our prayers for our little one’ birth family.
I would like to send an enormous thank you to Mitch and Katie for their generosity, servanthood, hospitality, encouragement, and most of all their friendship. We feel so stinkin’ spoiled that they LOVED us so well this past week…even in the midst of our whole family getting sick while at their house and Zoe having a major meltdown [due to ear infection] while they were watching her during our training. God-centered friendships are truly one of the sweetest gifts in life.
We’ll have lots to update again soon. This week has been our baseball camp, and we can’t wait to share all about it. Also in the next post, we’ll give an overall update of where we are with our adoption fundraising as many have been asking.
On a complete side note…things are getting a bit CRAZY and very EXCITING around our house right now. CMU starts next Tuesday and several of our students are already back. We are ready to jump back into ministry with our students but also can’t believe that summer’s over. Please pray for us as we continue to seek out God’s direction for this school year. Also pray for us entering back into full-time ministry while in the midst of our adoption. We know it’s going to be challenging and very busy but are also excited for the opportunity to trust God with each of these components and to see Him work as only He does.