Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? -Matthew 6:26

As we walk through this adventure called life, we remind ourselves that we are all precious children of our Father-- those of us who have walked a little further down the road striving to guide those who have been entrusted to our care for a time. Here is our journey down this path.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Out of Africa

I've said before, when I haven't blogged in a while, I feel like I need to have some big news to start again.  Well, I didn't wait on purpose, life has been really busy....but this definitely fits the bill!!!

Have you ever watched something happen in your own life that left your head spinning?  Seeing doors open so wide that you feel you have no choice but to walk through them....and to just keep walking?  Felt like God was making something so clear...but that it still took faith to see how it would work out in the end?

That is where we are....in the head spinning, one foot in front of the other, stepping out in faith, a little scared, but more in awe and wonder at what God is doing!

And excited!!!

Excited to say we are growing our family!

There is a little boy in Africa who will soon be a Drake!  :)

We have been feeling for a while that we may be called to adopt again and had talked several times about beginning the process.  We had contacted a local social worker to ask if we could begin a home study.  We had also begun to make some changes to make it more realistic to have 5 kiddos--including a really tough decision that includes some changes in the kids' schools.  It's hard to change something like this that we love and something that is all we have known, but we are embracing this as another step of faith and we--and the kids--are excited about it.  We made these decisions thinking we would slowly proceed through the process of paperwork, saving/raising money, and then begin to look at specific children.  We weren't even sure exactly which country we were moving toward.

Then, out of the blue, as if he were reaching out to us, through some crazy circumstances, a precious little man fell into our laps.  He is perfect.  And, Lord willing, he is ours.

So....I contacted the social worker again and asked just how FAST she could do a home study!!

So, we are trying to speed through paperwork here on our end because he is paperwork ready!!  As soon as we can get our dossier there, we can move forward.  We have no idea what that means as far as when we will travel, but thinking it is going to continue to make our heads spin.

As I said, doors we thought would be closed have been flying open...him being in a country that is a possibility for us as far as the details of travel, the agency allowing us to look at him even though we didn't have any paperwork, a medical issue that turned out to be a non-issue, the agency being willing to wait on some of the fees since this happened so quickly, and us feeling like God is choosing to lead us forward on this amazing, exciting path......there is still a long, steep road of paperwork, finances and time ahead of us, but we are moving forward one step at a time, trusting that God will provide all that we need in his timing.

It really seems--through God--this little boy almost found us.  When we saw his picture the first time, our hearts melted.  And he just gets cuter and more precious with each updated picture they send!

More to come as we move forward.  Now back to more paperwork!!