Tuesday, March 1, 2016

We are growing



It's true! Our family is growing again and we couldn't be more thrilled that the Lord has called us to adoption. If you know our family personally, you've known we have always wanted to adopt. The Lord has been so faithful throughout this process and we've been chomping at the bit to share more details. James 1:27 is a command from God to care for the orphans and widows and we are trying to be obedient to that call on our lives as Christians. "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27 doesn't make sense without recognizing that God adopted us into his family. He adopted us out of death and into His Kingdom of everlasting love and life, the greatest form of adoption there ever was. Worship in it's purest form is caring for orphans in the eyes of the Lord. Adoption shouldn't be our plan B if natural fertility doesn't work...we weren't God's plan B. Our Heavenly Father delights in our adoption of those orphans and widows. Adoption will not only allow us to grow our family but to display the gospel of Jesus Christ and our precious adoption into His family.

So you probably have a ton of questions about this process because as we are learning every single day, it is nothing like traditional biological pregnancy. We are so grateful that God has put people in our lives who have walked this path before and who are walking alongside of us because adoption is scary, foreign, unnatural, and such a broken process with the most beautiful outcome! I am working on a FAQ post for later this week where I will go into detail on where we are in the process, timelines, finances, etc. I should note that we have NOT been matched with a a birth mother yet. We can't wait to share our story with you and ask for you to pray with us through this process, I will be writing another post on specific ways you can pray for us and with us...just gotta find time to write my jumbled thoughts down.

Thank you for the love, we love you guys back!

13 comments:

Sarah said...

this is a dream of ours as well! when Isaiah and I met, I think "I want to adopt someday" was one of our first important sentences to each other! can't wait to watch you go through this blessed journey! congrats! I'm thrilled to follow along and learn more!

Health, Love & Fire said...

I am so excited to follow along with your journey. Being adopted myself, I have always wanted to adopt a child as well. I love that you said that adoption should not be anyone's plan B, because that speaks so much to my hear as someone who's life is truly formed around adoption! I'm really excited for your family and to follow along on such an exciting journey with you!

The Arizona Russums said...

I am so excited for you and eager to learn more. I am kind of hoping a bio baby #3 and an adopted baby will be close together for the Russums so I need to start figuring out the logistics. Love!

Andrea said...

This is amazing news! We adopted our son 2 1/2 years ago. Adoption is a true blessing! I can't wait to follow along your journey and of course if you have any questions about ours I would love to share those with you too!

Lindsay said...

I am a long time reader but not a regular "commenter". My husband and I have a beautiful son and hope to add another baby to our family one day. It has always been in our hearts to adopt. It has been a calling to us since we were dating. I am just wondering more details and look forward to reading along in your journey. xo

aubrey kinch said...

This makes me so excited, Ruthie! We too are researching it all right now and planning to get started on the process so I can't wait to follow along your journey.

God is good!

P!nky said...

So exciting sweet lady! I've known since I was in college that I wanted to adopt, Lord willing, so I'm excited to follow your journey!

Evelina said...

This is huge news! Congratulations!!

Kirsten Lee said...

Why is adoption so expensive?! Where does that money go to?! I would assume the agency is non profit and the birth mother doesn't get paid. Are you paying for her medical expenses? I have heard that it's tax deductible?

Kathleen said...

My husband and I adopted our daughter almost two years ago. (We refused to go through an agency) If God wanted us to be adoptive parents he would bring a baby to us. Through prayer and the grace of God we were led to our birth mom. Food for thought... I think you should do the same thing, all agency's do is solicit pregnant moms online and in the newspaper and your paying for their advertisements, marked up attorney fees etc. They make it seem like you need them... So not true... Since your online savvy you could easily find a mom who really wants a good family like yours for their baby and the total cost for the process is around 10k that is for the attorney, background checks, fingerprinting, court costs...etc... We went to all the prenatal doctors appointments and were at all the ultrasounds, it was an amazing experience. Good luck and congratulations!

Hannah Sneed - Life as a Baseball Bride said...

HOORAY!!! I am so thrilled for y'all and this new journey you are on! We also feel very called to adoption, but now is not the time yet. I am so excited to be following along as y'all go through the process!

Ashley said...

Thrilled for your family! My husband and I adopted our daughter almost 5 years ago and have an open relationship with her birthmom. It is such a blessing! I have blogged about our adoption journey here if you're interested in reading:
www.weareexpectingmiracles.blogspot.com
Oh, and I disagree with the comment about not using agencies. They are an incredible resource and there are plenty that are reputable (especially Christian agencies). I am a firm believer that the expectant mothers need the counseling they get through an agency as well.
Best wishes on your adoption journey and I look forward to seeing how God grows your family!

Unknown said...

"James 1:27 is a command from God to care for the orphans and widows and we are trying to be obedient to that call on our lives as Christians."

With an open adoption, from a living birth mom (and living birth father) the baby will not be an orphan.

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