Sunday, May 30, 2010

the journey has begun

(KS) I wake up every morning thinking about the day ahead, and what the Lord has for me... and yet at the forefront of my mind is all of the details and grueling work that is ahead of us in order to bring home our child from Africa. It is so easy for me to become discouraged, especially regarding the financial aspect of this whole process, yet I know deep in my heart that this is an opportunity to not only trust my Father for His provision, but to see His blessings unfold right before my eyes.

I never thought about adoption, really, until about 6 months ago when Jeff asked me if I'd be willing to consider it. I didn't even hesitate. "absolutely! let's do it" I'm sure he wasn't really surprised... I do tend to "fly by the seat of my pants". Yet, he, on the other hand is much more cautious and precise...thinking clearly through each decision before acting. I KNEW that God must have touched Jeff's heart to give him this desire for adoption. Our kids are THRILLED! Cbear is already praying for a baby sister, and has her room (mentally) rearranged to hold a crib!

...but back to the grueling paper work and stress of the financial end... I am coming to learn as I talk to many women who are either going through this process right now, or have adopted in the past, along with some AMAZING books that I've read, that THIS process of adoption, couldn't be closer to the heart of God. It is the very core of who He is. WE are His adopted children, as Russell Moore points out in his book, Adopted For Life.

If this is God's heart to care for "the least of these", then I need to trust that He is going to supply our every need along this journey. Not just financially, but spiritually, I can see that this is growing me closer to my Savior, daily.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

are you prepared?

(JS) We're only a couple weeks into the adoption process and we're already seeing warning signs. The first one came in the form of an email we received yesterday.
"we just want to be sure your family is prepared to take on the expenses of the adoption process which can come up rather quickly."
We certainly appreciate the gentle reminder.

First, let me start by saying that every adoption packet that we received prior to going on this journey indicated the inordinate amount of money it takes to adopt a child from another country. We're fully aware of how much it costs. And you know what? We're still here.

Oh, and you know what else? Adopting was not my idea. It was part of His plan. So, do we have that money now? Nope. Will we?

Did Micheal Jordan know how to play basketball?

Friday, May 28, 2010

our journey started with my four words...

(JS) Congratulations, you've found your way to our blog. No small feat to be sure. I want to thank you for visiting and take a moment to explain our story.

If you're like me, you came out of college starting to assemble your life's task list. As a matter of fact, your list may have looked something like this;
  1. Find a job (a decent one w/good pay)
  2. Find a spouse (may be combined with #1)
  3. Get married
  4. Buy a house (a fixer upper will work)
  5. Have children (2 or 3 are good numbers)
  6. Add a pet (verdict is still out on this one)
  7. Retire
  8. Travel (destination: overseas)
A pretty simple and straight forward list. As I began to check off each item, I moved on to the next. In my head, there was no going backwards. But, after Katie (the spouse I found while working on item #2) and I accomplished item #5 three times (resulting in MJ, JBoy, & CBear) that seemed like a good place to stop. Until Katie said she wanted another little Seevers running around (item #4).

"But you don't understand...I have my list, we don't add or rearrange items. I'm done with #5. Let's move to #6." (Which, truth be told, I still wasn't crazy about.)

That's when He hit me. With a giant 2x4. (Who is the "He", you're asking? You can learn more about Him here.) So I opened my heart to a fourth. And LBobber is a crazy-awesome addition to our fam...

But during those early conversations with Katie, I said four words that I believed in my heart would never come true. That "I would rather adopt", than have another baby. Well, those words have echoed in my head since the day I spoke them more than 2 years ago.

So...? We're adopting. My life's checklist is getting rearranged. And you know what? I wouldn't change it for anything.