We have had no problems conceiving our own biological children. Even after our miscarriage in January and dealing with all the complications of the molar pregnancy...we are cleared to conceive again if we choose.
This is an intensely personal question that is individual in nature.
For us, there were a number of reasons that led us to adopt.
Some of the reasons, I'll admit, are purely selfish...I don't particularly enjoy being pregnant and we have always known we'd have more than two children.
Some of the reason were influenced from my family experience and having grown up with such a strong connection to adoption.
The majority of the reasons were born out of our relationship to Jesus. After the miscarriage we dealt with a lot of emotions and truly had a broken heart. The Lord was our comforter and we experienced his presence in our life like we had never before. The Lord used this time of softness and vulnerability in our hearts to reveal some changes that needed to be made in our lives.
We read the Francis Chan book "Crazy Love" after this time and a single question really made an impact on us:
- What am I doing in my life RIGHT NOW that requires faith?
Where we had to trust?
“God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”- Francis Chan
We followed up this vulnerability to the Lord's calling with a summer missions trip to Haiti.
After working in several orphanages there and falling in love with such beauties as these...
The time was now.
Time for us to step out in faith on our own adoption journey.
After all, our call as Christians is to...
Defend the cause of the fatherless. Isaiah 1:17
To love an orphan: Is pure and faultless religion. James 1:27
To love an orphan: Reflects the heart of God. Deut 10:18
To love an orphan: Is our joyful response to the loving father who sought us when we were orphans. 1 John 4:19
To love an orphan: Is to love Jesus himself. Matthew 25:40