Thursday, December 29, 2011

Our Adoption History

This is my first attempt at a blog, and technology is not my gift (to say the least)!  My heart is in the right place though, so maybe it will work!  Way back in August 2009, Chris and I decided we wanted to adopt an orphan.  Our son, Cavan, was 1 1/2 at the time.  We had been through many heartbreaks prior to his birth, including two miscarriages.  The desire for our family to grow was a deep seeded longing in our hearts, but Cavan's pregnancy had been difficult.  We felt that God was steering our hearts and our focus to adoption, in particular the adoption of a child that had no one, an orphan. 

We chose Bethany Christian Services of West Tennessee as our agency and began paperwork to adopt a child from Bulgaria.  Bulgaria was reopening their country to international adoption after several years of limited, if any, adoptions to foreigners.  The prospect of receiving a healthy child within a couple of years appeared likely.  Our dossier was completed and logged in with the country of Bulgaria during the summer of 2010.  The wait began...

Interestingly enough, in the same summer of 2010, I discovered that I was pregant with our sweet little Kian who is currently 10-months old!  Surprise, surprise!  I just LOVE surprises! (Sidenote: That absolutely does NOT mean that I wish for surprise birthday parties or anything, especially since I will be turning 40 in....well, 11 or so years!)  My pregnancy with Kian was a bit easier, and he arrived healthy on February 3, 2011!

Throughout my pregnancy with Kian, people often asked us if we were still going to adopt. I can honestly say that we never once discussed not continuing our adoption plans.  Cavan is now three, Kian is 10-months-old, and there is certainly room for more kiddos around here!

I will blog more soon and continue our story.  A heart-full of gratitude is extended to you for your prayers for us as we near the climax of our adoption journey.  However, my prayer is that God will use my words to inspire another family to adopt an orphan.  In His word he tells us, "A religion that is pure and stainless according to God the Father is this: to take care of orphans and widows who are suffering, and to keep oneself unstained by the world (International Standard Version, 2008).  We are seeking your help through prayers.  However, please share our blog with others that you know.  For our ultimate prayer in this journey is not only to bring our little girl home, but to bring other children home as well.  According to http://www.worldorphans.org/index.php, there are 163,000,000 orphans world-wide.  Children are orphaned due to parental deaths, serious health conditions, birth defects, extreme poverty, social laws, etc.  Their future is bleak.  Please join me in praying, asking God what we can do to help.