Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Will You Come Along?

As you know, I've been hoping for another baby for some time now. Two years ago I thought we'd be on track with an adoption agency to bring a new life into our family. I'd researched every local agency, charting their success statistics, costs, etc., praying all the while to be led to the right one for us. When the final choice was made, I was confronted with a setback. We never did meet with that agency. About six months later was another setback, and then another. At least that's what I thought these were....hindrances, to fulfilling my desire for another child, to growing our family.

It didn't take long for me to realize that our setbacks were really graces in disguise. Thankfully Faith and experience showed me early on that if it were my Father's will that we should have another baby, it would be accomplished. Therefore I knew that those imediments to our adoption proceeding were actually gifts, from Him - to prevent me from selfishness, to teach me obedience, even to love obedience, and most surprisingly to grow our family (in a more important way than in number).

One day in the hopefully near future I'll write more about all this. I think sometimes it serves us well to reveal our situations in the midst of experiencing them, and other times it is better to hold off until the end when we have a fuller grasp on what was to be learned. For now, I just want to share that we have indeed begun the official adoption process. We're taking lots of pictures, filling out paperwork, getting our fingerprint clearances and home study done. I'm writing our "Dear Birthmother" letter this week, and as soon as it is finished I'll post it here. At first I wasn't sure I should publish the details of this new adoption venture, but I figure anything I really want to keep private I still can, while sharing some of the excitement and hope with you. So I hope in the next few months or so, you'll be willing to go through this with us. I can't promise a perfectly smooth ride, nor even a baby in our arms at the end, but I can promise God will accomplish everything for us we need.

43 comments:

Joey said...

Your family will be in our prayers.

Jamie said...

This is so exciting! I will keep you in my prayers!

Ryane said...

Praying for your family. We are also in the midst of an adoption~ ours from Ethiopia.

Will pray that your paperchase goes smoothly.

Ryane

Nina said...

One look at your words and family will certainly endear you to a birth mother. There is a saying "once begun, half done" and so I pray that your journey is smooth and "half done."

Anonymous said...

SO EXCITED for you!!
Praise God!

What blessed news, thank you for sharing this with us!

Emily
xxx

Julie said...

I would love to come along... I'm thrilled for you and your family! I've shared with you before that we feel adoption on our hearts-- but I'm not certain what God is calling us to do. I'm looking forward to all that you are willing to share!

Charlotte (Matilda) said...

Thank you for letting us follow along with you on this journey. I love how you described your setbacks as gifts from God that kept you from selfishness and taught you obedience. That speaks to me at depths I have kept hidden. Thank you!

mellon said...

oh! i'm so excited for you! prayers!

Aniki said...

Oh, I am so exited for you. You and your precious family will be in our prayers. - Nikki

Maygy said...

Thank you for sharing -- the exciting news of starting the process as well as your experience with setbacks and seeing them in a new light. I loved the line "if it were my Father's will that we should have another baby, it will be accomplished" - I definitely needed to be reminded of that, as our family is currently going through the adoption process to bring another little one into our home, and it is exciting and joyous and at times hard to wait. Can't wait to follow along with you - and you will all be in our prayers!!

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

I will love to read anything you choose to share about your adoption process. My husband and I are interested in adoption - it is something that I think God has placed in my heart, but we're not quite sure about the "when" and the "how". Thank you for sharing your journey, and I pray that God will give you a beautiful new family member in His good time.

Cheryl M. said...

Oh yes, I would love to come along! Many, many prayers for the journey! :)

Cay G. said...

Praying for you.

I am humbled (and grateful) that you are allowing us to tag along w/ you on this spiritual, holy pilgrimage.

God bless!

Grace in my Heart said...

May God bless you as you begin this exciting process!

I love your positive outlook and complete and total trust in God's will. My husband and I are currently waiting for our baby to come to us through adoption. Since you've been through the process already, any tips you can think of along the way and would like to share, would be appreciated! I tell all my friends about your blog because you are my "adoption inspiration!" :) You have my prayers!

Anonymous said...

Kristin,

Thank you for sharing your adoption journey through your beautiful blog! I've been a reader for a very long time. As an adoption mother of two, I have found your adoption stories and insights to be such a source of comfort and inspiration. I'm thrilled to read that your third adoption process is underway and look forward all the details you are willing to share!

Wishing you a blessed journey and offering prayers for a smooth and quick process!

Summer

Lucy said...

We will be praying for you and your little one to be. My own heart goes thumping every time I think about adopting our own thrid baby!

Meredith said...

How very truly exciting Kristen, will be praying for you all! Many blessings,

Marisa said...

Thank you for inviting us to join you in prayer...how exciting!

Ruth said...

Your family will be in my prayers.

Blair said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful journey with us. It's an honor to be a part of it.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kristen-
Thank you for sharing something so personal. I really enjoy your blog and your honesty and humility. As a barren woman, you give me hope in the adoption process--and your insight is invaluable.
Lots of prayers-

Mrs. Mike said...

Kristen--I always find your blog so full of inspiration and today's post does not disappoint. Your faith and the grace with which you meet obstacles is remarkable. Be assured of our prayers for you as you begin this process!

Ellie said...

I'll be following along for sure, and keeping all of you in my prayers. Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us.

Mary Ellen Barrett said...

How exciting. We will be praying that all goes smoothly and your family will be blessed with a new one very soon.

I'm so happy you are sharing your journey.

Erika said...

Kristen,

You are amazing. Your family will certainly be in my prayers.

Mary said...

Kristen...please know that you and your family will be in our prayers over the next few months. May God here us ALL!!

Angela said...

Praying for all of you!

Paula in MN said...

I'll be praying!

Birdie said...

Thank you for letting us pray for your family and for sharing the journey. It's very exciting!

Love2Learn Mom said...

Oh, that's wonderful! We'll be praying!!!

Beth said...

This is very exciting!! I will keep you guys in my prayers. have you seen our latest addition yet? :)

Jeannine said...

I am thrilled for you and your family. I will be praying for you!

Momof2boyz said...

You are an amazing mom, and you will be in my prayers as you undertake this new adoption!

Momof2boyz
P.S I liked what you said about growing your family in other ways. As our children grow, they need us in different ways. When my boys were babies, they were certainly adorable, but I never imagined how much joy they would bring in subsequent years!

katherine said...

You're in our prayers.

Kristen said...

I can't believe it hadn't occurred to me that sharing our experience here would bring on more prayer, but how could I not know? Thank you all, from the depths of my heart!

Carmen said...

Kristen, I'm on board with you. Every time I think of you, I'll say a prayer for your adoption process.

Right Said Red said...

Many prayers Kristen!

Theresa said...

I am so very excited to be able to follow along with you on your journey! Thank you for sharing it with us!

coffeemom said...

Hold on to the excitement. As you know, the process is such a rollercoaster that i'm a believer in sharing and celebrating the good loops and asking for prayer in the down...it's hard to go it solo and we are all here. Praying for this new exciting step! Congratulations! M

KC said...

I'll be praying for you all.

Lerin said...

I will definitely add you to my prayer intentions!!! :) May God's will for your family be done.

Michelle said...

hugs and prayers

Jennifer @ Conversion Diary said...

I am so excited for you! You will be in our prayers.