Yesterday I took the first step toward adopting a baby. Well, maybe I should say, I took the first step outside my own mind. I mailed a book I made about our family to a friend who is going to give it to her midwife who has referred pregnant women who want to give their baby up for adoption to people like us.
Interestingly enough, it was right at two years ago that Greg + I decided to adopt. We decided that channeling our energy, emotions and money into adoption was better than wondering if something like in-vetro fertilization would work. We haven't looked back. God has showed us again + again how his plan is so much better than ours. He has showed us that he has more than one way to make families.
We're thankful for our family. Cate -- who was born about seven months after we decided to adopt, less than five months after we first learned about her specific situation, and 15 weeks after we first met her birth mother -- has changed us in so many amazing ways. I have no doubt she was created to be in our family.
So we've been praying about our next baby. We have no timeline because we learned long ago how pointless that is. But we're waiting on God. Mailing the book to a friend of a friend was my way of getting started. It was my way of putting out there that we're ready to adopt again.
Last time my sister + brother-in-law told us about a baby. Just last night I was telling Cassie that I still owed them. We had told doctors + attorneys that we wanted to adopt, thinking they'd put us in touch with someone. Turns out the referral came at my family Christmas. Really, you can never predict how God will work.
We're at that putting-it-out-there stage now. So that's what I'm doing it: Putting it out there. We're hoping to adopt again, and we want people to know it just in case they know of a baby who needs a home. I have no doubt that God will be faithful to lead us to the baby he is creating for our family.