A couple days ago we got an email from an adoption coordinator at our church asking if we would consider changing our adoption plans and praying about a domestic adoption of an African-American infant from Alabama.
We were pretty taken aback, but we desired to be open to what God might have for us. Yesterday, we were quickly put in touch with the adoption folks in Alabama and were told the details of the case. It was very unusual that they were having a difficult time finding a family for a healthy infant with a great background, but many involved in the case were praying that God would bring just the right family. We seemed to be a great match but we would need to have all of the money by the time of placement (thousands of dollars in a very short time period) and we needed to tell the adoption coordinator in AL within 24 hours if we would be able to cover the cost.
We prayed that God would make it clear whether He wanted us to move forward by either closing doors (having another family interested, not being able to come up with the money in this short period, or both of us not feeling a peace about it) or that He would obviously provide. The limited story is that in this short span of time God provided in amazing ways through his people and it looks like we’ll have a new baby girl added to our family in about two weeks! Kim and I plan to fly out there to pick her up sometime during the first week in December.
She was born on Oct. 27th and at the time of this writing we have not given her a name. Right now she is in the foster care system in AL. We got a chance to talk to her foster mother yesterday and she said baby girl is doing very well.
What about our plans for international adoption from Bulgaria? Great question. This has been a bit agonizing for us to come to terms with, but the short of it is that by faith we are moving forward with this opportunity, but don’t feel like we have decisively closed the door to international adoption in the future. Who knows, perhaps we’ll be a family of five in a few years! There are needs for adoption in almost every corner of the world and we believe we are following God’s leading with this amazing opportunity.
Let us know if you have any other questions. We are very excited for this new addition to our family!