This 4 Moms post is different. It’s not the post that you expected. It is not a post that I could ever have imagined writing before Monday. This is a post that only God could orchestrate.
A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps. ~Proverbs 16:19
For the past several months our family has been preparing to adopt. During this time the Lord called us to participate in foster care through Safe Families for Children . (You may read about that calling and our experience with Safe Families here.)
Then a little over a month ago, things changed and we thought that the adoption door was closed.
My grandmother (92) is finally at the point where she should not be living on her own. After a couple of falls over the past year, she has been relegated to a wheel chair in a rehab facility for the past few months.
My grandmother is an amazing, godly women and is not your typical 90 something. Much of her uniqueness can be summed up by saying that she loves people.
She simply thrives on the busyness and the full-of-peopleness of our home.
Our family is currently in a place that is well-suited to providing for her care because we have several family members who are capable of helping out with her mobility and personal care. Additionally our decisions over the past years to be deliberately available for people mean that we don’t have a lifestyle of commitments that would make it impossible or difficult to be home with her.
So next month, my grandma will be moving to Knoxville to live with us. The current plan is to see how things go for two months and then to make a more permanent decision.
The kids are looking forward to more stories about when “Grammy” was a little girl (she’s a fabulous and funny story teller), more games of acey-deucey , and more read alouds. I’m looking forward to more time with my grandmother, a godly example of prayer, joy and contentment right in my own home and the amazing blessing of watching our children benefit from multiple generations under one roof.
But in the midst of this joy, there was a little part of me grieving the adoption that would probably never be.
And then, this week, the adoption door creaked open.
We’re not ready to share details, but suffice it to say that on Monday God brought an adoptable, sibling group of four into our lives!
The details are amazing and it will be miraculous if the children are actually placed in our home, but we are currently being considered as a forever family for this sibling group.
We appreciate your prayers for wisdom, for these children who desperately need the love of the One who will never leave nor forsake and above all that the name of Christ would be exalted.
The winner of the Worship of God Conference giveaway is Dana, congratulations!