Sitting on our beach chairs on Raya Island in Thailand a few months ago, Joel and I made a decision that is going to one day change our lives. After months and months of talking about it, Joel and I decided that we are going to welcome a child (or children) into our family through adoption.
It's going to be a long and slow process (I hear anywhere between 2 to 10 years), but we have now made the next step- we have started to save for our child(ren). It will cost us anywhere between $20,000-30,000 to welcome a child into our home.While reviewing our budget recently we decided that our shared dream of going to America next year was no longer the dream that we wanted to save for. Instead we realised that we would both rather be saving for adoption. This is both exciting and absolutely terrifying. Adoption is slowly becoming reality, not just some pipeline dream. I also never thought I would see the day that I would rather a child than Disneyworld- I suppose this is all part of growing up, hey?
Joel and I don't know how this is all going to look. Our motivations are to love like Jesus loved. Jesus loved the outsider. He loved the forgotten. He loved wholeheartedly. We want a child- our child- to feel the same love that we feel from our Creator and Saviour. God willing, we will be blessed with both biological children and adopted children. But, at the end of the day, we know that God's plans are greater than ours. Let His will be done.
I can't help but get excited about this all. But amidst all of this, I know that God continues to teach me patience. So for now, I will sit, wait, pray and save, save, save.