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.