I want to thank our dear friends who have shown such support and love for us since we announced that we're adopting this week and kicked off our fundraising. We've had someone donate babysitting, we've had donations for a future yard sale fundraiser, we've had a friend watch two of our boys while I took the other to the doctor (this benefited my sanity), we've had notes of heartfelt support, we had a friend take a stack of shirts to sell herself, and we've had friends go on their knees before our Father on behalf of our family. We even sold or reserved enough shirts in a few short days to cover the application fees and get us on our way to the next fees. We thank God for this support and encouragement.
While this week was the start of our fundraising, it also marked the beginning of our formal adoption process. Our phone conversations with the agency have been very encouraging, and we are working to get the necessary documents together to complete our application. We have decided to adopt from Ethiopia. We received an estimate of 18 months or more before we bring home our baby. (When the agency contact said these words, I teared up at the thought of arriving back in the US with our baby girl in my arms.) We know that little is certain in this process, or in our life for that matter, and we cling to the loving promises of our Father that He goes before us and is working all things for our good. There is nothing to come that He is not sovereign over or incapable of carrying us through.
To say this has been a whirlwind week would be an understatement. Our dear friends know the loss and heartbreak our family has experienced in the last 7 months. This week felt like the very opposite. Our Father gives, and He takes away. This week, He gave. Blessed be His name.