We are halfway through our adoption training classes. In reality, the process is moving quickly, but in many ways it seems painfully slow.
As we approach this holiday season the largest part of our focus will be family. And there will be plenty of that to focus on! My brother and his wife have four children, while my sister and her husband have three of their own. Quentin and I have our three, his sister has a pair of girls and then all of our brothers and sisters who don’t have kids…it makes for a house full of aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents, moms and dads and friends and lots of fun. When we think about the children we are expecting, we so badly want them here. I don’t want them to have another holiday without their forever family! However perfect God’s timing is, it still pains me to imagine those who don’t know what it means to cry and have someone come to feed them and pick them up. There are over 400,000 children living in foster care in the United States and over 100,000 of them cannot return home because of neglect or abuse. These numbers are overwhelming. While I can’t take them all, I can hardly wait for the one or two that God has for us. This is the part that makes the waiting seem so long.
While we wait we are:
*Saving as much money as we can. We don’t know the ages or exact needs the children will have. Will we need bunk beds, or a bunk bed and a crib? Car seats? Clothes? So many unkowns….
*We are praying over and adjusting our schedule to accommodate small children.
*Finishing house projects that have been hanging over our heads. (I will have pictures of our progress soon.)
*Talking with friends and family to make sure we have a good support network in place.
“God setteth the solitary in families” Psalms 68:6