From the beginning of this journey of thinking about adoption the question that Mark and I kept asking ourselves was “If not us, then who?”
If we aren’t willing to open our home to the orphan can we expect our unbelieving neighbors to do it?
What about those in Christ’s church who don’t want to be inconvenienced with more than 1.7 children, are they the ones who will sacrifice for the little ones who need someone?
God had made this so clear to us. Despite my misgivings, He had called us to care for these two children and with that call, He would give us everything that we needed to accomplish this task.
As it turned out, our time with those two foster kids (they stayed with us for the month of May) was, apart from the lice fiasco, wonderfully blessed. Those two little ones were sweet and affectionate. They even sat through our 1 1/2 hour family integrated worship service each Sunday like little pros (Interestingly, all 4 of the foster kids that we’ve had so far have done better than I ever expected sitting with our family during church services).
They opened up to Amber (16) and me right away
and by the end of the week they were chummy with everyone (except the little girl was very shy of my husband, Mark).
But by the end of their visit she ran to give him hugs when he got home from work just like the rest of them.
They fit in beautifully with our family and we had lots of jumping on the trampoline,
wading in the creek,
and just hanging out together.
Not all of our placements have been this easy (we’ve had 4 children since May), but we know that this is where God has called our family at this time and are grateful for His guidance and blessing to our family.
Our heart is still for adoption, but for this day and this time, we are grateful for the children, mothers, fathers and families that God has brought into our life and for the opportunity to serve Him by serving them.
“Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.” ~Mark 9:37
We’ve been thankful for the Safe Families organization for providing the structure and fitting us with the needs so that our family has been able to provide homes for children whose families are in crisis.