Friday, November 5, 2010

Another Post About Waiting

Today, I was at the mall with Jaxon. We were waiting in line at Chick-fil-A, and Jax was admiring the baby in line ahead of us, because as I have mentioned before the boy LOVES babies. Seriously, they are right up there with Toy Story and suckers. So, the mom of the baby asks Jax if he has any brothers or sisters. I told her that he had a big brother, to which she replied to Jax, "Oh, so you are the baby of the family?" He looked right at her and said, "No, our baby lives in Africa." Of course she looked very puzzled and I jumped in to explain about our adoption. The lady and her mom were so sweet and had lots of questions.

One question that I seem to be answering a lot is, "When will she come home?" "Is it soon?" My standard answer is that it will be a while. First, we need to get on the waitlist and then we will wait 12-18 months for a referral. By the way, the social worker who is doing our home study, said she may be ready to send our home study to AGCI next week. I am really praying that happens! Anyway, I am still having a hard time with the inevitable wait time.

When we were trying to get pregnant the first time, it took us longer than we hoped and I started to think about adoption. We decided to become foster parents while we waited on God to answer our prayer for a child. It made perfect sense to us. We were waiting for children. There were children waiting for homes and families to love them, so we just did it. It happened so quickly and it was exactly what we were supposed to do. I have no doubt about that.

In the beginning of 2010, we felt the burden for children in need of families, again. We decided to pursue adoption. We didn't know where to start and we began to pray for God to lead us. I will be honest I wanted to choose the most quick and painless way to adopt a child. I mean, really, who says "please God lead us to our child the hardest, longest, most difficult way possible?" Um, not me! Well, I have found that things are not going to be quite as quick and painless as I would like. I know it could be much worse, and I am not complaining. I have found that this time God wants us to wait. He wants us to wait for the child he has chosen for our family. It hurts my heart to think that a year from now I will still be longing to hold my daughter. It is hard for me to think about waiting so long, when I know there are children all over the world who need homes now. I don't really understand it, but I know we are doing exactly what we are supposed to do.

One of the most important things I have learned through all of this is to just be obedient, whether God calls us to not wait another minute to do something, or if He asks us to wait for years on something that our heart desires. He will give us what we need, no matter what it is He is calling us to. He is teaching me so much and blowing me away with His blessings, and we haven't even technically began our wait.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


  1. I am with you wholeheartedly. We're waiting, and waiting, too. I know God has so much to teach me through this, but a lot of times I'm so distracted to hear! Praying for you during this time!!

  2. How sweet... love the Chick-fil-A story.

    It will be awhile. It's hard for people to understand the process- and the timeline. That's our #1 question too.

    So exciting about the homestudy. WooHoo... awesome. How are the dossier doc coming?

  3. Love it when our children open doors for us to talk about adoption. :) Love that scripture!!! Good focus!

  4. Meredith...That is crazy. Saw your comment on my post and hopped over here to read yours! Yesterday I was home for lunch and in tears writing that. I am sure many of us struggle with the wait. I will continue as well to keep you all in my prayers. I KNOW that the Lord is faithful and will see us through.