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Monday, September 1, 2008

Ghana

Yes, it's true. We are submitting an application to AAI with the intent of bringing home a child from Ghana. This is an absolute, total step in faith for us on many levels, but I know in my heart that God isn't just going to meet us in this place ... he's already gone ahead of us, and is just waiting for us to catch up.

For anyone who is asking themselves why a family of six living on one income in a 3 bedroom townhouse would pursue such a crazy, expensive thing, let me explain:

You Know You're An Adoptive Parent When . . .

1. The fact that there are 143 million children without a parent to kiss them goodnight has made you lose sleep.

2. You realize DNA has nothing to do with love and family.

3. You can't watch Adoption Stories on TLC without sobbing.

4. The fact that, if 7% of Christians adopted 1 child there would be no orphans in the world, is convicting to you.

5. You spend free time surfing blogs about families who have experienced the blessing of adoption.

6. It drives you crazy when people ask you about adopted child's 'real' parents.

7. You had no idea how you would afford to adopt but stepped out in faith anyway, knowing where God calls you He will provide.

8. You have ever taken an airplane ride half-way around the world with a child you just met.

9. You believe God's heart is for adoption.

10. You realize that welcoming a child into your heart and family is one of the most important legacies you could ever leave on this earth.

11. You know what the word 'Dossier' means, and you can actually pronounce it!

12. You have welcomed a social worker into the most private parts of your life.

13. You have ever been 'pregnant' with your adoptive child longer than it takes an elephant to give birth. (2 years!)

14. You shudder when people say your child is so lucky that you adopted them, knowing full well you are the blessed one to have him or her in your life.

-Author unknown

5 comments:

Liz said...

amen, and congragulations! i pray we will be at that point one day :)

Luke said...

I don't match up with all of those points, but I'm absolutely an adoptive parent. The paperwork is "almost" done (ha!).

May this process be smooth and covered in the grace of God.

~Luke

The Small Scribbler said...

I am here via the Sonlight blog. The statistic about if seven percent of Christians were to adopt stopped me in my tracks. Thank you for sharing this.

Kate

Paula said...

Whaaaaat???? I haven't been surfing blogs recently and totally missed this post!!! AND I JUST TALKED TO YOU YESTERDAY...! Wow! I'm SO excited for you!!! I can't wait to see how this story unfolds and will definitely be praying for you! ;o)

FULL OF JOY said...

Okay, I won't comment on EVERY post!:)

We haven't adopted, yet. I keep looking into countries, and getting stopped by their regulations. Ghana, I will need to check out that one! I have 2 new nephews from Rwanda, this post is wonderful. I will pass it on to my brother.