Friday, October 21, 2011

Plans?...What are those?

When it comes to blogging, I know I haven't been the most punctual the past couple of months. There are so many new developments; but one in particular I'd like to write about...

After much prayer and careful consideration, Ben and I are so excited to share with you about the next step in our journey. For those of you who didn't know, last year we became certified to adopt through the state. And we are now in the final stages of the licensing process to become foster parents as well!! The past few months has been filled with 5 inches of paperwork, fingerprinting, background checks, home visits, endless references, inspections...the list is endless. With just a few things left to do and a bedroom to get ready, we are just weeks away from the potential arrival of our first child. 

If I had to guess, I'm pretty confident I know what a lot of you are thinking right now, because its probably the same thought that I've played over and over in my mind..."Who can care and bond with a child for such a short time and potentially give the child back?" Believe me, I know it will not be easy. But what if we for just a second, decided not to be completely selfish and only think of ourselves and thought about the approximately 10,000 children a year that are removed from their homes because they experienced neglect or abuse at the hands of a family member? Now if that statistic doesn't make you say "wow", then you must have a heart of stone. Personally, I stopped thinking about what I had planned and wanted the day I sat in a cold and sterile doctors office listening to someone I only met twice, say we couldn't have children the way we had always planned on. 

Our primary goal is to love and care for every child that comes through our home. If the Lord decides to bless us with a child to adopt along the way, then that would be the greatest gift we could ever ask for. 

There is plenty more to come, as our life is about to get real interesting.