September 6, 2009

Our Adoption Story

People often ask how we arrived at the decision to adopt, so I thought I'd share a little bit of our story. After trying for nearly 2 years to get pregnant, we found out that it wasn't going to happen. We took the next few months to pray about it before making a decision. We went as far as we felt comfortable going medically, then decided to pray & fast for direction in the month of April this year.

My prayer during that time was not to get pregnant, but that whatever God had planned for us would become the desire of my heart. Adoption was something we had always discussed, but we figured it would be after we had biological children. Regardless, God showed us both a lot during that time, and our relationship with Him grew incredibly strong. As we prayed for direction that month, we didn't share with each other how we were feeling led as we'd decided to wait until the end of the month to discuss it. The pastor of our old church used to say that before making any big life decision as a couple, it is wise to pray & journal about it separately for 30 days, then come back together and share because ideally, if you both heard from God, you will be on the same page and ready to move forward as a team rather than one person having to convince the other to get on board.

I will never forget when we sat down to talk at the end of the month...the excitement in both of our eyes & hearts was amazing. God had prepared us to start the journey of adoption, and I truly felt as excited as if I had just found out I was pregnant!

We originally were trying to decide between domestic and international adoption. My husband is part Brazilian, so we looked into adopting from there but quickly learned that wasn't going to be a possibility. So we decided it'd be best to adopt domestically this time. We then began the search for an agency, which was discouraging to say the least. It is criminal the way some agencies operate, with charges that are clearly taking advantage of the adoptive parents. I will be honest - there were times that I thought, "God, are you sure this is what you have for us?" because we did not feel settled at all about any of the agencies we'd been in contact with. Then one day, a friend told us about an amazing non-profit Christian agency. Within minutes I had called and spoke to the director, and we mailed our application the next week! The timing of coming in contact with this friend who knew of the agency was a total God thing. He has an amazing way of putting all the pieces together! We absolutely love our agency and are so thankful for the work they do. Their ministry to birthmothers is absolutely incredible. As they say, they are not finding babies for families, but finding families for babies.

This journey has been nothing short of amazing. My faith is stronger than ever, and I can't wait to see what God has in store for our future! :)

26 comments:

  1. That is so beautiful!! I had that very same feeling when we made the decision to adopt. I'm praying for you guys and hoping that your dream will come true very soon!

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  2. What a great moment to decide that together. As always - everything has a reason and a time.

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  3. Thanks for sharing that. Your story is very inspiring and just filled with Faith and Hope. I love it!

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  4. I love your story. Isn't it amazing how HE leads and prepares our hearts when we give it all to HIM. He has also opened our eyes to adoption the same way you said.
    Blessings friend,
    Amy

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  5. So wonderful to hear your story. I LOVED the part about praying and journaling for 30 days then getting together on it. My husband and I won't discuss it until we've both prayed - but I think if the situation can handle 30 days (i.e. not an emergency that needs answering now) - that should be the way to do it. AND I'm so happy that you were able to find a non profit Christian agency! What a blessing :o)

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  6. I'm praying for you and your sweet-baby-to-be!!

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  7. Thank you for sharing your story. Such an inspiration! I LOVE the advice that pastor gave you - sounds very biblical.

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  8. Oh my...teared up on that one! Thank you for sharing your story! I will continue praying for you guys on this amazing journey!

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  9. I am so excited for you guys! I can't wait to see what God has in store for you :)!

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  10. Your story is wonderful and your sunny disposition is just awsome! I cannot wait to hear more! :)

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  11. I enjoyed reading your post; faith is very much needed in this adoption journey we are on!

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  12. What a blessing that you found an agency so right! :)

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  13. I am so happy for you guys. This baby is going to be such a gift from God. I will continue to keep you in my prayers!

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  14. thats so neat that you two did that:) I couldnt agree more with you on agencies taking such advantage of people its absolutely unreal to say the least.

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  15. I loved reading this, thank you for sharing. I hurt for you that you are not able to have kids, I don't understand why some women can and others can. I especially don't understand why the ones get pregnant only to abort, I get so mad, so frustrated, cause it's girls like you that would love to be able to have that baby growing in them. Sarah, I pray for you and that the Lord richly blesses you through this, and I know that you will give Him the glory. One day, you will be a blessing to someone else when sharing your story. Blessings sweet friend!

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  16. What an incredible story! Thank you so much for sharing, and I can't wait to read the ending :-)

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  17. What a beautiful story! I love the advice your pastor gave you- I hadn't heard that before, but it's so true!

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  18. What a great story that you'll someday get to share with your child and a great way to show them that the Lord provides. Seriously needed to hear that uplifting story! Would you mind sharing the name of your agency? angiemartin30@gmail.com?

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  19. What a beautifully, well written piece! Good luck and hoping that you get some very good news very soon!

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  20. thank you for sharing your journey in such a heartfelt way with all of us.

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  21. What a wonderful, wonderful story. I am enjoying every chapter. This is one book I don't want to put down. . .can't wait to see the happy ending/sequel to next book. :)

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  22. What a great post! I truly enjoyed reading it. And I love what you shared about making decisions as a couple! What a great way to do it - I'll have to remember that in my own home! Praying you get your sweet baby soon!

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  23. That's a really beautiful story. It's amazing how much peace their is once we are led to adoption.

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  24. I will be praying that your baby will be on his/her way SOON!!

    We are an adoptive family, too! God is so good and so faithful. He will meet the desire of your heart and blow you away with his provision!!

    Trust!

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