an adoption update

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Did you know we were adopting? If you are a newer reader, you probably didn’t. I don’t talk about it here too often. Although I did discuss it on Valentine’s Day. There was the time I mentioned it when I wrote about hope and when I told you about the thing that made me cry. I have gotten quite a few inquiries lately asking for an update, so…here it is!
We have been in the adoption process for three and a half years now. Trying to adopt a little boy and a little girl from Uganda. When we began the adoption journey it was estimated to take approximately a year. After many late nights of filling out forms and gathering countless documents, we were finished. But then we moved to California. 

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And we were underway getting all of our paperwork changed when six months later we moved from California to Texas. Our adoption agency is amazing and got all our paperwork ready for Texas very quickly. A year ago we were so excited to be placed on the waiting list for our kids! Unlike other countries, you are not matched with a child until one of the last steps. But then all sorts of delays happened.

The waiting list slowly moved forward & we finally got to #4 in line! This past week we received an email that the babies home we are adopting from is halting all international adoptions. Bah. I totally cried. I mean, what mama wouldn’t?

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Despite the unforseen turn of events, I know that God is in control and has better timing than I do. It really isn’t anyone’s fault that this journey has had so many twists and turns. Our agency is amazing. Uganda has changed some things along the way, but they have done so in the best interest of the children and that is the most important thing in adoption. I cannot say enough how much I love the country of Uganda.

So, now what do we do that the home we are adopting from is pausing their international adoption program? That’s a great question. We basically have two options:

Option 1 – switch countries and adopt from Ghana instead.

Option 2 – pray and trust God to open up another home for us to get children from in Uganda

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I know that you are not all praying people. But for those who are, would you help us? See, after carrying this for 3.5 years, my heart is a bit tired. I’m so thankful that I am surrounded by people who are believing with us to bring our  kids home. Seriously couldn’t do it on my own.

These next two weeks will be very telling regarding which option we should choose. Would you pray:

1. That God would make clear the path we are to go? And move every unknown mountain that would stand in our way?

2. Pray that God would provide all the remaining finances we need for adoption.

3. Grace to keep pressing in even when it hurts.

This mama would sure appreciate it. I’ll keep you posted regarding what we end up doing. Fully expecting God to do some miracles in these next few months! And we all said….”amen”.

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28 responses to “an adoption update

  1. Cecilia

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I want to totally jump in and pray! It excites me when I meet others that have a heart and passion for orphans. I will never forget one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen was a child meeting their forever daddy and momma. Believing with you guys!

  2. Oddie

    Will be praying for sure. God will definitely make a way.

  3. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to pray for you.

  4. Gillian

    With you in prayer. For many years I cried before God like Hannah in the Old Testament. My arms are now full of 4 blessed sons and I pray that your dreams and prayers will come to pass, and soon.

  5. it’s funny you blogged about this today… i almost facebooked you yesterday to ask how the process was going. random, i know. i remember briefly talking about it with you two icons ago. we are adopting but still pretty early in the process. i’m sorry about all of the delays, i can imagine the difficulty. will be praying for the wisdom of God for y’all in this next decision and that God would open the way for your babies to come home.

  6. Kim

    Yes I will pray! Thanks for the update. 🙂 I’m a fairly new reader, but I have a passion for orphans for sure! We adopted our youngest from foster care, and now we are preparing to move our family to Ukraine in November to care for disabled orphans. So, yes, this is the stuff I love and I will pray! 🙂 This is so close to the Father’s heart. I have no doubt He will make the way clear for you as you say “yes” to Him.
    Believing with you for God’s best for your family! 🙂
    Kim

    • Kim, so nice to meet you! I wish we could get coffee and chat because I would love to hear about the work you are going to do in the Ukraine. How amazing! I lived in Russia for a while, so that part of the world is close to my heart. Thanks for believing with me for these two little ones!

  7. I just clicked over here from Inspired to Action, and will absolutely be praying! My husband and I adopted our daughters from Ethiopia. It was supposed to take 9 months and it took 2 years ..and we didn’t move twice 🙂 ! I can honestly say that was one of the hardest times in my life. Obviously you know that in the end it will be worth it (and it TOTALLY is!) but in the middle it is hard to see the light! God is so good, and really does work all things together for our good. The way I learned who He is, and how he moves during that time has been so critical in my relationship with him! Praying for your heart, your marriage and your little one, wherever they might be! Our good shepherd will lead you well!!!!!

  8. Mariah

    Praying with you… Both on the road to bringing your children home and the journey thereafter…

  9. I’m not even sure how I found your blog, but good luck to you! I know that the Lord will lead you in the direction you should go. My prayers are with you.

  10. Julie

    Just found your blog.. not sure how either… but praying for you, with you and others.

  11. Love your request and love saying yes. Praying.

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  13. Shelly Smith

    Joining you in prayer! I am a new reader, but both subjects, orphans AND Africa are close to my heart! I lived in Zambia for a time (missions) and I know there are many hurting children all around the world who need a safe, loving home and family! Are there any updates since this was first posted??

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