So it has been just over 2 weeks since we sent out our first adoption letter to our family and friends. This first letter basically was to make everyone aware that Jason and I intend to pursue adoption. In this letter we had stated we planned to research foster care and domestic waiting children. However since writing that letter we have felt God moving on hearts and just saying “Be open…. anything is possible through me.” I wont lie the cost of international adoption is extremely intimidating but God is bigger then us and we want to keep that in mind. That being said, we HAVE NOT decided on any one program. But when we attend our meeting we plan to go in with open hearts and minds and are going to allow God to direct us wherever he sees fit.
September 8th…… it has felt like this day will never come! I have been trying to appropriately filter what information I take in from sources on the internet about adoption however that has been EXTREMELY difficult. My mind does seem overwhelmed with possibilities and places we could potentially adopt from. But as far as international goes we have focused on Africa. It’s one of the few places that has countries where we’d meet the requirements to adopt. Africa has always been a place I dreamt to adopt from. Why wouldn’t it be ya know? The people are kind and beautiful with some living in extreme poverty. We would love to bring our child home from Africa if that’s the Lord’s plan. Lot’s to pray about 🙂
I also have started reading The Connected Child and am really learning so much from this book. I would even recommend parents reading this who haven’t adopted. Especially if you feel like you are at the end of your rope with your child. It is so good and has so many creative ways to communicate with your child and vice versa and it emphasizes respect both from children and parents. Since it is geared toward children with emotional impairments and attachment disorders they do not use any kind of corporal punishment and discourage the “spare the rod” techniques. (For your healthy biological children I’d venture to say a spanking here and there is not gonna kill them, haha.) But I have been able to use a lot of their advice with the girls and seen positive results. So it’s been great! Not sure what will be next on my reading list but if any one knows a good book on adoption I’d love to hear about it! 🙂
Continue to pray for each step our family takes. Pray we would find the right agency to work with if it’s not Bethany. Pray we would find the right adoption program. We want only to be used by Him for His glory.