4:00pm Atlanta time. September 17, 2013. We matched with our new son. This is the little boy that I have blogged about previously that is the most recent situation and he is almost identical to David in every way. It's crazy. That will have to be another post all together. He is 6. He has been in an orphanage since the age of 3. His parental rights were terminated long ago so we will not have a legal risk involved. But, today I wanted to write about our news: We Matched!!! And we are celebrating that. And asking for prayer as we have a few more steps in getting this boy home!
WOW! Whoa.... and Holy Cow!!!!
it has taken me, us, and our kids some time to even begin to process
this amazing thing. Please give me grace in waiting to share because you
literally go from one day with nothing to the next day with a 6 year
old moving in within weeks. It is a lot to take in.
see, I got the call in the middle of my event planning job in Las
Vegas. Of course I did. I go out of town all of ONCE a year. And that's
when I get the phone call. Can you imagine getting that phone call, not
being with your HUSBAND, and being completely ACROSS the freaking
I could not even process. I screamed into
the phone with excitement at my DFACS worker. Cried. And ran down the
hall like a maniac. Its Vegas. No one gave me a second look even. And
then I thought, Oh my gosh I have to call Tim. Like, yes. Tim. He needs
to know this.
I call him. We are in shock. Freaking
out. Excited. Nervous. And realize we have no idea what to do next. Do I
fly home right then? Is he coming tomorrow? What do we do now? We had
focused so much on getting everything done. All our ducks in a row. To
have the hope of even matching one day. We had NO IDEA what even
happened after you actually matched. We flipped.
calming down, then talking in depth with DFACS, we quickly talked
through our next steps and I did not fly home as our new son wasn't
being dropped off that night.
I had to wait from
Tuesday ALL the way to Saturday to just be with Tim. And just be
together with our news. It sure was a good homecoming. It felt like I
came home to a new life. New hope. An answered prayer. Joy. The Lord. My
sweet husband, partner, and best friend. God had done this for us.
told our kids the next morning at breakfast. In typical 7 year old and
almost 5 year old fashion, they begin hooping and hollering and broke
into a wrestling match in the floor, like puppies.
celebrated Davids birthday that night with family and Daves buddies and
were able to share our news with them. We had a meeting with DEFACS the
next week and reviewed all his paperwork. We had planned a trip to
Disney World a while back that was perfect timing to go on and settle in
with our news. Our next meeting (and final meeting) will be next
Thursday. Now, we begin setting up a move in timeline, which will happen
hopefully sometime this month and ask any more questions we have. Would
you pray for the next few steps in moving this sweet boy into our home?
is a funny thing. I feel as though you waiver back in forth from being
100% excited and then 100% terrified. You have NO IDEA what the child is
like you have matched with!! AAHHH!
And with our new son, he is
6... almost 7. Like a real person. And we have no idea what he is like.
You don't meet the child until right before you begin moving him in and
WAY after you have committed to them. It doesn't matter though because
the kid you meet will not be the kid you end up bringing home. We know
he is going to change so much from being in a permanent home.
Blew our minds.
Adoption is crazy. And like a war zone.
God's sovereignty plays a role, right? We ultimately believe God does
the family matching. So, do you just blindly walk into any situation?
What about your current children? What if it isnt a good match?
if something goes wrong? What if it doesn't? What if this was the road
your family was meant to go down? What if fear is the only thing that
kept you from it? Does it matter if you meet the child? Because the
child will not be the same child in a year after being with a permanent
family? Can you really know EVERYTHING about a child anyway? Can you
predict what this child will be like in your family? Can you predict
anything in your own life anyway? What if this child completely de-rails
your family? What if one of your own biological kids ends up doing that
anyway? What if your family becomes closer, stronger, more united,
equipped to embrace others, and happier.... even happier?
lastly, if part of Gods' heart is orphans in distress.... then might we
get to be apart of something much, much bigger than us? The answer to
that is Yes.
All I can tell you is that we have Great Hope. Great, great HOPE.
And all I am asking is for the people around us to share in this great hope.
We are trusting in Him who works all things together for the good of those who love Him.
We need support and prayers.
We need people who will speak life and speak hope.
We know about the fears.
We have come to a crossroads with the Lord about it.
believe with our whole hearts, this child is ours. Meant to be. The
Lord has just given us that. I have said it before, but we love a child
we have never met. How? We have 2 kids we loved before they were ever
born into this world. Prayed for. Wanted. Fought for. Fought very, very
hard for. We feel the same about this 6 year old precious, precious boy.
We are his people.
You don't get a lot of information when you adopt. Maybe a paragraph. Blurb. Maybe nothing.
It is blind faith.
You will always have more questions that you have answers for. That is the truth.
But, we serve a God who is Almighty. All knowing. And Always with Us.
We are matched. MATCHED.
And we are All In.
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