When Cory and I decided in December to officially tell everyone that we would be adopting our next child, we knew we would be questioned. Most people say, "Don't you have a little girl of your own?", or "Can you not have children?". We then explain to them that yes, we do have a little girl, and yes we can still have children. Then they get this funny look on their faces and ask "Why on earth are you going to spend all that money and adopt?". So then here's what we tell them:
We are doing this because we feel that it is God's will for us. There have been several times already that we have thought, "really...why us...why now?". But we just have to chill out, and remember that this is Gods will, it is His timing, His money. We are fundraising to fund the adoption. Most people say, "man, it is going to take forever to get that much money." Well we aren't sure God's timing for us on the whole funding issue, but we do know that He will provide and it will come when He has planned. That could be in a year or that could be in a month.
We also tell them that there are 147 million orphans in the world, and we feel our son is one of them. We quote scripture that talks about orphans. We tell them that our God is awesome and He has adopted all of us and that we are made in His image. Then we ask them to pray for us on our journey. Some people still don't understand why, and that's okay. Some of them even get mad or angry because they say that we shouldn't be spending that much money on adoption when we can have our own. They say we should leave those children for the people who can't have kids...really all 147 million of them? I know that not everyone is going to be understanding and open to adoption, but I pray that God continues to send people into our lives who do understand.
I thank God that we have so many great people in our lives and that they are very supportive of our decision. Well most of the time :). Thanks to everyone who is reading this who is supportive!
"Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God our Father means caring for orpans..." James 1:27