Someone told us from the very beginning “you should start a blog to share your story”. In theory, it sounded like a great idea, but my response, “We’re just ordinary people.” Then we realized, we may have an extraordinary story to tell. So here we are, ordinary people, starting a blog about our story, hoping our lives become extraordinary.
We haven’t always known we would adopt. It’s something that we had considered a possibility, but we never knew where God would lead us. From a very young age, I have had a conviction about adopting. I thought all of my children would be adopted, until God surprised us with Emma.
For Corey, the conviction came from personal experience. You see, his mom was adopted. He grew up with extended family. He had his mom’s adoptive family to call his own, as well as her biological family. He has great appreciation for his grandparents and the things they did for his mom, and in turn for him. It is the greatest gift to be able to follow in their footsteps.
Four years have come and gone since Emma joined our family, and we find ourselves longing to grow our family. She is such a gift to us, but we feel such importance for her to share the bond with someone that can only be found in a sibling. Once we knew it was time, we began to pray. We prayed for guidance and answers. Should we adopt? After much prayer, we felt the answer was pretty clear once we heard the risks of me becoming pregnant again. Now let me be clear, they aren’t great risks, but they are risks that are unnecessary when we already have such a desire to adopt.
In early October, we began to pursue growing our family. Since then, we have already accomplished so much! We have begun our home study and chosen the adoption agency we hope to adopt through. For me, the toughest part has been the judgment. Not the judgment from others about our decision to adopt, that has been nothing short of amazing! But there is so much judgment required in order for us to be “approved” as ideal parents. For the home study, five of our closest friends and family are asked to tell all about us. Our case worker comes into our home to ask what it was like growing up and how we choose to raise Emma. Our adoption agency also requires references vouch for our parental abilities. We know we are good parents, but it is a little odd knowing that with adoption, we have to prove to others how great we are. We have faith that approval will come soon, and we will move on to our next obstacle. We cannot wait for our next obstacle, and then soon after, possibly the most challenging obstacle of all- being parents of TWO (or three, according to Emma).
We just want to thank everyone for your continued prayers and Love❤