About a month ago, actually it was May 16th, the day before our 3 year anniversary, I asked all of my friends on twitter to pray for Tyler and I. We had a very important meeting. This meeting was going to help us decide which direction we were taking our lives. This meeting was about adoption. More importantly about the foster and adoption program in our state.
We have been praying and discussing for a long time about adoption. We have always planned to adopt. It was talked about before we were engaged. I've wanted to adopt since before we were even dating. Tyler is adopted and he has also always had the "tug" to do the same. But in the last year, specifically the last few months, the "tug" was no longer something we could ignore. I literally cry every single time I hear or read about an adoption. Every. Single. Time. I knew this was God telling me something. We had quite a few other "signs" during this time that confirmed that we were headed in the right direction. Then fostering was laid on our hearts. I don't know when, how or why, but it was definite. And all of a sudden.
I told a few friends what our meeting was about. I wanted specific prayers from a few close friends, but didn't want everyone to know in case we went in a different direction. I guess I didn't want to let people down. If that makes any sense? During our meeting I heard SO much that confirmed what we thought we knew. So much told us we were heading down the path the Lord had led us on. I stepped out during one of the breaks we had to text one of the girls who knew the whole story. I'm so glad I did because there is so much from that day I don't remember. I said "Just heard 'foster children need Jesus in skin.' and it brought me to tears. Most definitely in the right place for us. I want nothing more than to love a child in need and show them all of Jesus' love!" I am crying just reliving that moment and those words. It struck a chord and made us seriously consider fostering along with adoption. More proof that God had out of nowhere placed fostering on our hearts.
That whole long story to say... We have officially started the process to foster and (hopefully!) adopt children in need in our area. There are so many children who need someone to love them. They need a place to call home. We want to be that home.
Thank you all for your sweet prayers for our family, they are much appreciated and would love it if you would continue to pray for us. This is a long and emotional journey we've just begun.
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:5