But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. - Isaiah 40:31
This is and has been one of my favorite Bible verses since high school. With Friday's meeting coming up very quickly (and with everything going on the past few weeks), waiting upon the LORD is definitely coming to life!
Last weekend we got to meet with both sets of our parents over lunch and explain the next few steps to them. Keep in mind that with this adoption, they will become grandparents for the FIRST time! So over lunch we talked about what they wanted to be called (grandparent names), how they would get to meet their future grandchild and what that would look like. Some funny comments that came out of this were "Wait a minute, you mean we've waited this long to become grandparents and you could be grandparents when you are in your 30's?" and "So we become grandparents and then in 5-10 years could be great-grandparents". They are completely supportive, but it has to be a very weird thing for them to have a teenage boy as their first grandchild instead of holding an infant in the hospital. The only reassurance we can offer them is that our actions are directed from the Lord!
Preparing for this process has been interestingly fun. In June we started attending a support group through Tapestry. It's made up of other families that have adopted older children and has been a great source of information and encouragement to us! Who knew there were other people that God has called to a journey similar to ours! We are also excited about going to their annual conference again this year. We're even bringing our parents along!
In addition, we have been blessed to have a few friends start their journey down a very similar road. It's been amazing to see God's hand working! In light of this, our church (First Baptist Irving) began to see the need to offer something for these families. Luckily, we have an incredible resource (Adrienne Sittig) who worked for Buckner Children's Home for many years. Adrienne started teaching a 5 week series during our church's bi-annual Equipping University classes. It has been awesome learning more and fellowshipping with others going down this path with us! We are also looking into starting a support group/respite care network within our church as others complete their certification and start to get placements. In addition, Embrace is working with our church to try and help reach the needs that are starting to present themselves. There is so much going on and yet it's all super exciting!
We could not ask for anything else than what our friends and family have done to support us through their friendship and prayers! We really do appreciate all of it! We'll keep you posted as Friday is coming soon (TOMORROW)!