Sunday, December 2, 2012

Starting the adoption process...

Thanks for all of your encouraging words and for your prayers! I wanted to go back in time a bit so you will know where we've come from and where we're going in the adoption process.

A little father back in time - on our honeymoon 5 years ago!
Hampton and I had talked about adoption even before we were married. It was always on the table, always an option for growing our family, and we considered it as almost definite in our future as parents. When we gave birth to our sweet twin girls two years ago, adoption came to the forefront of our minds again.

I started researching more online and reading tons of blogs by adoptive families and adoption advocates. Hampton and I discussed timing and logistics and options and convictions and passions . . . and we prayed and felt a peace about going ahead with the adoption at this time.

After more research into various agencies and options, we decided that we wanted to adopt a baby within the US. This is designated as Domestic Infant Adoption. On May 19 of this year, we sent in a preliminary application online. We kept everything very quiet in the beginning and decided to wait to tell anyone until we were sure about the agency and the process.

On June 29, I sent in a few more bits of paperwork (a recurring theme, be forewarned), and I started keeping a personal journal about the process. I wanted to share a few of my thoughts from June with you all:

Today, I mailed the rest of our preliminary paperwork to Bethany Christian Services. It was weird to think about that envelope being opened and our testimonies being read by some random adoption agent in Jackson. Hopefully, it will get there tomorrow and the agency will get it Monday. The postal worker asked me what was in the envelope (to determine how important it was, haha) and I almost told him the whole story of my life. Instead, I just said simply, "paperwork" and shrugged. LIKE IT WAS NO BIGGIE. HAHA.

I remember my thoughts running wild that day, how I was so nervous about sending my life-in-paperwork to this agency and how I wanted to shout from the rooftops what we were doing. And I remember not wanting to have to WAIT for the agency to get our paperwork and get back to us. But wait we did (another recurring theme) . . .

Waiting and paperwork. Many would describe adoption in those terms, and rightfully so. Of course, it's so much more.

As I shared yesterday, earthly adoption is but a glimpse of the amazing eternal adoption we receive as followers of Christ. Praise God that He chooses to adopt us into His family! He chooses YOU.

I'm so looking forward to sharing more of our story with you in the coming days and I'm so glad I have you all to pray for us and wait with us. We are blessed.

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