Thursday, April 6, 2017

Esther 4:14

Esther 4:14
"Who can say but that GOD has brought you into the palace for such a time as this?"

Five years ago, on March 28 to be exact, Jon and I started the process of international adoption for a child from Ethiopia. God has done amazing things for us in those five years. 
-The birth of our third biological daughter Ruth
-A home that feels like home
-The start of our mini farm
-A new church 
-Homeschooling our daughters (and beginning to connect with other homeschooling families in our area)

The years have been full of transitions for us. And we have been eager to share what God is now doing with our adoption. I have received questions of 'if' we are still adopting 😉  My friends, it has NEVER been in question. The only question in our minds has been when will God move? How long must we wait? And what on earth is He waiting for?! Haha! But He has waited for a time as this. His timing is perfect, even five years later.

When we started the process one of our concerns was the financial burden. We have had a pie fundraiser, by Calvary Bible church in Meredith NH. An online silent auction from our friends and family. We started a puzzle fundraiser. And also a 10,000 donation from Centerpoint Church in Annapolis MD. All the money that was given to us sat in a bank account for years. YEARS. God provides, even in advance.

This past October we finally got the call we have been waiting for! Our referral phone call😀 We were able to pay immediately the full adoption fee! It was exactly what we had in our account! Is God not amazing!? We have since been working on paperwork, praying, and emailing closely with our agency.  

We had asked for a boy or girl under the age of four, and were open to a child with 'special needs' specifically HIV+. ((We can make plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9)) 

We have accepted the referral of a beautiful little girl. She is healthy. She chubby. She perfect! We have seen her grow in pictures for the past 6 months and are so in love with her! We cannot wait to bring little 'S' home! 
***Until she is legally declared our daughter we are unable to share any personal info via social media ie pictures, name...***

Please pray for her as she waits.
Please pray for our hearts to prepare well. 
Please pray for paperwork to move along smoothly.