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What are we waiting for?

July 21, 2011

This is the question Tim and I asked ourselves at the beginning of this year. You see, Tim and I have had a heart for adoption for a long time. At first, we said we were “open” to the idea of adopting, without really defining what that meant or how it would look in our family. Then, with a growing understanding of our adoption into the family of God and the call on all believers to care for orphans, we said we would definitely “adopt one day.” Again, without working out a definition and action points, this new conviction eventually fizzled out. Over the years, God has continued to bring our hearts and minds back to adoption, through various circumstances, such as people in our lives who are adopting or have adopted, as well as urgent needs that have arisen and cast adoption into our line of sight.

However, it was a conversation with my cousin that finally gave us the push we needed. Over the 2010 holidays, we were visiting with my cousin and her husband, who had just decided to pursue adoption. We were so thrilled for them and started quizzing them about the how/when/where/why of it all, when my sweet cousin just stopped and said, “What about you guys? Isn’t this something you have always talked about?” I don’t know exactly what I said, but it was some version of the we’re “open to it” and we’ll “adopt one day” lines we had always given, but this time it was different. As I heard the words coming out of my mouth, I finally realized they were meaningless. Adoption isn’t something that just happens “one day” if you are “open” to it. It is something that would require us to DO. SOMETHING. other than just talk about it.

My cousin’s simple question began countless conversations in our home: What would this look like? How would we go about it? On and on the questions went until we got to the bottom line: What are we waiting for? Adoption was something we had talked about for years. We were unified in our desire to adopt, and we agreed that the way God was calling our family to care for orphans was through adoption. So, what’s the hold up? When is that “one day” gonna come? When is the “we are open to adopting” going to become “we are in the process of adopting”?

Now, we decided. It’s going to happen right now. Otherwise, we knew we would slip back into the “open to it” and “one day” language that we had been using for years. It was time to stop talking about it and do it. Stay tuned.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 21, 2011 10:38 pm

    It’s well worth the journey. Enjoy it and let me know if yall need ANYTHING! For that matter, you’re not so far from us at all. Wanna make a road trip? I mean, it would be total adoption research, of course, not because we’d want to hang out with ya’ll and have fun together!!!

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