Originally (before changing our minds to foster care), we had gotten on TARE's website and looked at teenage boys that were up for adoption. One really caught our attention. So when we changed our status from foster care to matched adoption in June 2010, we put our name in the hat for him. However, he had decided that he did not want to be adopted anymore and took his name off of the list. We knew that God just wanted us to take this leap of faith and that submitting our name for that boy was doing just that. It was at this point that we decided to tell our adoption case manager that we knew God was calling us to adopt a teenage boy, but we were going to leave the rest of the narrowing down part to her. She had our home study to read through and we were going to trust her to pick out the perfect child for us!
We got a call a few weeks later, on July 16, telling us she was putting our name in for a child and she was going to send us an email with more information. Just reading the email drew us closer to his story. We have been praying for him and God's will in his life and our life since that day. The month of September was a month full of prayer and patience. We know that God was just preparing our hearts and our lives for His perfect timing.
Three weeks ago, CPS, the foster parent and our adoption case manager held a selection hearing for this boy. We got a phone call the next day informing us that we were the selected family for him. Kelly went and picked up his case file and we began to read and pray over it. After reading everything, we have decided to move forward with him and have scheduled our selection hearing for this Friday. A selection hearing is when the child's foster parent, case manager, CPS representative, adoption attorneys, our adoption case manager and the two of us attend a meeting to ask lots of questions and seek what is best for the child. We will have 24 hours after that meeting to make a decision whether or not we want to move forward. WOW! Can you imagine having to decide whether or not you want a child! As Kelly put it, he just wishes they would give us one and say "Okay, take this one home...he now belongs to you." I mean, that's how it happens when you get pregnant...God is the one that really picked them out for you (matched them to you) anyway so why not do the same with adoption? LOL
Needless to say, we will be following God's guidance and direction as we seek his will. And as our agency (Covenant Kids) puts it at trainings "There is a no return policy on children." That makes me laugh every time!
Thanks for following our journey! We are now up to date and are excited about the super near future coming our way!