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Friday, September 26, 2008

a heart for adoption


i remember when we lived in guatemala, not sure how old i was, but i begged my parents to adopt a little guatemalan baby.  i was the only child craving a playmate, i guess.  even if it woulda been more than 10 years younger than me!  through the years, even though i never got the adopted little bro or sis, i still planned on adopting a baby from somewhere when i could.  

it was always important to me that whoever i married was willing to adopt, even if they didn't have that need or desire that i had.  ben and i agreed from the get-go that if something were to ever happen that we couldn't have children on our own, then we would adopt, and probably no matter what, we would adopt from another country when we felt like the time was right.  

adoption, as everyone knows, is a difficult process.  but somehow, since i've been praying and researching, the process doesn't seem so difficult.  (granted, i know it could be VERY long!)  the dream just doesn't seem impossible anymore.  know what i mean?  and that makes me SO excited.  it also makes me really excited that ben is so supportive and excited about us adopting.  i think if he had his pick, we would get a child from russia, but i have been wanting one from china, so we will see what happens.  

china has an age limit on their adoptions, and both spouses have to be at least 30.  russia's age limit is 25.  so, we haven't even filled out an application for the agency we want to use, but i am SO excited about our future.  i have never been so "into" something before, and had such a very deep desire and longing for something.  i have heard several mothers (mothers that apparently have the same longing as me) say that they didn't feel complete until they had their adopted child.  people say that adopting is a perfect example of God's love for us... we are orphans without Him.  how awesome that He also provides SUCH a love, bond, and connection between mother (or family) and child, even without blood relation.

a lot of people have been asking me if we are trying to adopt from looking at my facebook page.  so right now, the answer is no, but hopefully in a few years, the answer will be YES!

"for He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  in love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will- to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves." -ephesians 1:4-6 (niv)

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