So back in February 2011 (only 5 months ago!) I met with a friend who had gone through the same type of adoption (adoption through the foster care system) to glean some insight. At the time, my intentions were just to get an idea of the process out of pure curiosity. That night this friend filled me in on her blessed experiences through adoption, as well as the uncertainties and risks involved in the delicate process. She also shared that she had just learned of a baby boy that was in need of a home immediately if only we were through the process and ready to adopt. This was encouraging news to hear as it is supposedly uncommon to hear of infants ready for adoption. That night I shared all about the information I had learned about the foster-adoption process with Drew which in turn initiated our deep discussion that caused us to open our hearts and begin the process.
Shortly after, Drew and I met with our caseworker and eagerly began the training classes at the beginning of March. Since day one we have been overwhelmed by the Lord's clear direction and timeliness for this blessed path. Through each step of the process as we completed the classes, our homestudy, the paperwork, etc. the Lord has continually affirmed our convictions for this direction through the support and encouragement of friends and family and through the peace of his precious Holy Spirit.
Looking back it's unbelievable to me to see that several times during the process, I would hear again and again about a baby boy in need of a home. Honestly, I didn't think much of it until my friend assured me that this was the same baby boy I had heard of from the beginning. We completed the process in May, 3 months after we started, and we were approved and officially waiting by the beginning of July. Exactly a week after we got the "congratulations, you're officially waiting" call on July 6th, we got another very special call. The call was for a precious baby boy. We met our son the following Wednesday, July 20th! To say we are overwhelmed by the Lord's goodness is an understatement. This precious child is truly a gift from God. We are humbled to be called to serve as his parents.