You can find all of the responses on Instagram at #knittogetherbyadoption. You can find all of my responses on my Instagram @kristelaine. Today I will be sharing 7 quick takes of my posts from the month, which take you through our adoption journey!
See also my blog post on Davion.
We've done the usual stuff, like setting up a room, buying fire extinguishers, and getting the cats their rabies shots. But we recently started a new phase of preparation, reading! The teen we are hoping to adopt loves to read science fiction and so we are entering her world a bit by reading her favorite books!
See also my "What We're Reading Wednesday" post on the books!
3. Quote a Friend
This is Matthew West. technically, he's not my friend, but I'm pretty sure we'd be friends if we ever met ;-) He has an awesome song called Do Something. it's about how we are God's hands on earth. When we see bad things around us it's not enough just to ask God to help. We need to be that help. maybe everyone isn't suited to adopt or foster, but everyone is suited to do something to help with the orphan crisis in our world. "if not us, then who?"
See also this post, which includes the song.
4. Co-parenting combined with Hard, But Worth It
Today we had a wonderful day with our hopefully-soon-to-be daughter and her foster mom. The day went great and her foster mom is great, but it's still so hard to leave at the end of the day! It's hard to trust another person with your child. Even if it's a child you have just met. For as caring and as competent as foster mom is, she is still not me. She doesn't necessarily respond in the same way that I would. But I have to trust her. And I'm thankful that her love for my daughter is so evident.
Prayer has been an integral part of our adoption journey. First there were prayers as we discerned that this was indeed a call on our lives right now. Then it was over a year of praying that the state would complete our home study and approve us. During the waiting it was tempting to lose faith. I got the @theadoptshoppe necklace pictured during this time and wear it regularly as a reminder that God is faithful. Even when things seem insurmountable, God is faithful to his promises. And now every night we can pray for our soon-to-be daughter by name and thank the Lord for his faithfulness.
"Blessed is she who believes that the Lord will fulfill His promises to her." Luke 1:45
This is my God-daughter. I met her 10 years ago when I was her 9th grade science teacher. She and I bonded right away and I'm so thankful for all she has taught me about overcoming hardship and unconditional love. She gives me courage to embark on this adoption journey.
7. It's About...
It's about family :-)
Linking up with Kelly!