Today, July 24, 2012 the dream that God planted in our hearts finally became a reality.
We are a family of 8.
This is a miracle in more ways than one.
When we started the adoption process in February 2011, our social worker asked us how many children we were willing to adopt. My answer was one. Scott said four. I told him (and the social worker) that I had to be realistic and think about just how much I could handle. Absolutely no way could I handle four more children!
Well, here we are with four more children! God is funny like that, isn’t He? He spent the last year and a half working in our family and preparing our hearts to accept all four of these new blessings.
When we first heard about sibling number four, we were told that we had maybe a 50% chance of being able to adopt her. We strongly felt that God was calling us to keep these siblings together and that He would provide a way. We started planning for our new family of 8. We registered for our blog “Our Great 8” with the hope in our hearts that God would make it a reality.
Every step of the way we were told about how “impossible” this would be. The courts couldn’t promise anything. Our agency had never had a situation like this before. Her paperwork would take almost a year to complete.
But God proved Himself over and over again. And here we are, a family full of hope and promises.
Does this mean it is all going to be easy? No! Does this mean that I am not scared at what the future might hold? No! Honestly, sometimes I feel like crying when I look at the years ahead of me and I start to worry. How am I going to do this? How am I going to be the mother that these children need? How am I going to be patient and kind and wise when I am so far out of my comfort zone? And honestly, sometimes I feel like crying when I look at the miracles God has already done in our family. When I think about the fact that Abigail could have spent the rest of her life in a tin shack with food only once a day. When I think about how Naomi and Micah and Levi could have been separated from their sister forever. When I realize how these children’s hearts will be affected for eternity.
Really, we are just beginning our journey. But if there is one truth I know, it is that God loves us and wants only the best for us.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Our family’s future is full of hope. This is what God has promised. This is what I believe.