Our family has been involved in foster care since 2009. LexiLou came when she was 7 weeks old in July of 2009. After a long roller coaster journey through the foster care system with her, we will finalized her adoption 11.21.11. Laney came home to us from the hospital when she was 1 week old in march of 2010. Even though our license was full, we recieved another call in Oct. 2011. Since the county was hurting for foster homes, they approved us for over capacity, and gave us a call. We now have a 6 month old baby boy! A few weeks after we took him we were contacted about taking Laney's full sibling, a 3 yr. old boy. He has been home since the end of Nov. 2011. Foster care has been full of surprises. We love fostering and find it one way to reach out to children in need, allowing the Lord to work through us.
Adoption is dear to my heart. The Bible states, "he predestined us to be adopted as his sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the one he loves" Ephesians 1:5-6. As a christian, it was never a question of "will I ever adopt?", it was "when will I adopt?" and "how many children will God allow me to adopt?" It has always been a desire of my heart, for as long as I can remember. James 1:27 says this, "Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you".
We have adopted twice before, in 2001, from russia, and in 2007, from China. I would still love to adopt internationally once more, but right now the Lord has made it clear that the foster/adopt needs in our community are huge, and we are right where we are supposed to be.
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