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Monday, December 7, 2009

We're Adopting!

We are excited to announce that we are adopting! For quite a while now, we have talked about adding to our family through adoption. At times we thought we would have another biological child first, but a few months ago that changed.

Around the middle of August, God really started working in my heart that our next child should join our family through adoption. I started quietly researching agencies, and after lots of prayer, and a few weeks, I brought it up to Chris. He listened to everything I had to say and began to pray about it himself.

In the meantime, we went ahead and requested information from various agencies, talked about different countries, and participated in various webinars to get more information.

We finally decided that we wanted to adopt from Ethiopia and we narrowed it down to two agencies.

And then ... we waited. We kept praying about it waiting for specific guidance.

One morning Chris was listening to the radio and they were discussing a new show on TV. They asked the question if you could flash forward six months from now what would the perfect scenario be? Chris realized that for himself and our family that included a son or daughter from Ethiopia.

A few days later we officially decided on Gladney as our agency and requested an application. Since then we have been busy filling out forms!

We are so excited to start this process. We will be requesting a child of either gender between the ages of 0 and 18 months (and we are open to siblings if they become available). We feel like God has really prepared our hearts and our family to begin this process. We know there will be ups and downs, but eventually our child will be with us.

Please be in prayer for us, and for our child (who is probably already born, and could be nearing his or her first birthday!) We are looking forward to this lifechanging journey!

9 comments:

Micah Huebner said...

That's awesome! Happy for you guys!

Anonymous said...

We are so excited that your family is going to be expanding because that means our family is expanding too! we love you and we will be prayaing for our nephew or niece!

Love,
Aunt Beck-Beck

Leslie O said...

Congrats and hang on for the ride of your life! I am so excited for you, proud of you and can't wait to see what God has in store for you. Please know that Dick and I will be praying for you every step of the way.

Vanessa said...

Yay! So excited for you guys! We are pumped to be able to be a part of the journey with you guys!

Nikki said...

A huge congrats :)

Nikki
www.madebynikki.blogspot.com

The Mathews Family said...

Hope that you have a super speedy paper chase and hit wait list soon!

Christine

Alison said...

Nancy...

I got the biggest smile on my face when I read that your ADOPTING! That is wonderful. My sis has adopted two children domestically and another friend just returned from Ethopia with her son. I look forward to praying for you and Chris through this journey. I know Josh is working on Lilli's pics and they are soo sweet. He is has been covered up with school, but I can't wait to tell him about this! Congratulations and YES I for sure want a shirt. I will send you an email!

alison

Lindsey said...

YEAH!!! Welcome to the Gladney group!

Rahel said...

Welcome and major congratulations!