Adoption FAQ #4: Now that you’re pregnant, why are you STILL adopting?

There is no doubt in my mind. God told us to adopt. We listened and answered this calling. Then, and only then, did we get pregnant.

Yes, I feel like God waited for us to follow His calling before He blessed us with another pregnancy. Sorta like when He asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac and at the last second he provided a replacement. Only different. Clear as mud, right? Trust me, it makes sense in my head.

I don’t boast to know the thoughts or ways of God. Far from it. Most days the more I think I learn, the less I understand. But I know this…

His calling for us to adopt did not change just because I got pregnant. No, we’re still called.

And let’s get hypothetical for a moment, shall we….

If I had been able to get pregnant easily, I probably would have kept having babies one after another. Our “someday we’d like to adopt” attitude would still probably be in the “someday” category. Who knows if we’d ever actually get around to adopting if we could pop out babies easily. Our struggles with fertility brought adoption to the forefront. I believe God used our struggle with fertility to bring us to the point where we were ready to say “YES” to adoption.

Because He lavished His grace on us, He blessed us with a pregnancy after we said “Yes.” Now, does that mean everyone should say “yes” to adoption in hopes of getting pregnant…NO! Does that mean everyone who says “yes” to adoption will get pregnant…NO! Remember, His ways are not our ways and I totally don’t get it.

We also believe that this pregnancy is all part of God’s timing to get us to the exact place on the list to be matched up with the Ethiopian child He has already chosen for us. Who knows…our Ethiopian baby may not even be conceived yet! How’s that for some blow your mind thoughts?

We may sound crazy to some to be adopting and pregnant, but I don’t care. I’m crazy in love with Jesus and I’ll follow him to Africa and back with a baby in tow because he told me to.

Comments

  1. “I’m crazy in love with Jesus and I’ll follow him to Africa and back with a baby in tow because he told me to.” —-love that, girl!

  2. Love the last sentence. Crazy in love with Jesus makes us do crazy things. Love it!

  3. Sounds to me like your obedience is being rewarded. You’re getting two new little blessings and I couldn’t be happier for you! Well…. I guess I could. If you could be completely well and over the morning sickness I would be happier about that, but what could be better tahn two babies? A blessing is a blessing wether it comes from Ethiopia or from your womb. They are both YOURS – and I couldn’t be happier about you having them.

    Okay…. I make no sense! Hopefully, you kind of sort of understand what I am saying.

  4. Beautiful! When we found out our youngest has autism people asked if we were going to stop the adoption process. Of course not! It is so true that one God leads you to make that decision, in your mind the adopted child is already part of your family, just like he/she were growing in your womb. Changing your mind isn’t really an option! Praying for you! <3

  5. This post was encouraging to me. I’m a daughter, sister, wife, Christian, and Family Home Daycare Provider. My husband and I have been married since 1995 and desire to be parents (hence, one of the reasons I have a daycare–to appease the desire to be a mom). We are hoping to adopt soon! I’m thinking about starting up a blog to feature ALL of our adoption profile (photo album), homeschool/daycare ideas I come across and other things I find interesting. I was wondering, how did you set up the Donate To Our Adoption button?
    Thanks,
    Stacey
    http://www.courageouschoice.com/album.php?id=6534
    http://www.adoptionspacebook.com/view_photos.html?id=7150

    • Hi Stacey! So glad you found this encouraging. I set up the donate button through Paypal. When we are finished with our homestudy, we will be working with an adoption fund that will help us accept donations that are tax-deductible. I thought the paypal button was worth a try though :)

  6. Eileen Jennings says:

    When we make the choice to follow our Lord and His whisperings in our heart, we will be thought of as crazy. In this day when the remnant seems to be growing smaller, God will demand a great deal out of them. Like you mentioned, Abraham and the test God placed before him. Many times, we are tested to prove our faith. This life on earth is about proving us, not God, because He already did that with creation and the cross. In the years of walking with Christ, the stories being told from those who desire to please God alone has astonished on lookers and always will. Like in the account of Pilgrim’s Progress, we keep walking towards our eternal reward keeping our eyes on it. The blessings here are just a bonus to help us remember His grace. We make request of God not because of our righteousness but because of His grace. God bless you and yours and keep walking the narrow path.
    Mrs. J.

  7. I just love this post! My husband have 3 biological children and are being called to adoption. Not everyone in our midst understands our desire to follow after God in this task, but we know what we know…and that is that God wants to expand our family through adoption. Thanks for sharing your heart…it made my heart smile today.

    • So glad it meant something to you Heather! God will honor your “radical obedience” to His calling. Thanks for taking the time to comment and share your heart with me today…that makes me smile!

  8. What agency are you using? We got pregnant in the process of adopting and had to wait and start all over again.

    • We’re using Bethany Christian Services. They have a local office in our town which we love. It saves us on having to mail things and we can pop in whenever we have a question. They’ve been really great about our pregnancy. They couldn’t be happier for us! Their policy is that we have to wait until the baby is atleast 6 months old before we can introduce a new member into the family. With the timing of everything, most likely we won’t run into a problem. We can pause if we need to to meet this requirement.

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