Thursday, February 6, 2014

Slight Detour

We have recently been getting a lot of questions about where we are at in the adoption process and what is happening in Ethiopia. When Meg and I are asked we continually point to what seems to be our theme verse in life; Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We are and have been perfectly content enjoying the time and blessings we have currently in the moment, knowing that when that time for kids does come things will likely change drastically. 

A couple months back talks began in Ethiopia to discuss possible changes to outside adoption and whether or not they would continue to allow it. We have been on the waiting list for about a year and four months and if they decided to close outside adoption we would have to start over with a different country and likely be on the bottom of a new waiting list. We continued to pray and still seek to trust God for his plan knowing that it is good and always better than ours. Fortunately, a few weeks ago we got an update from our agency telling us that while Ethiopia is looking to keep as many orphans in the country, they are going to continue allowing outside adoption. This was definitely an answer to prayer, but God had even more and greater things in store for us that we were in the midst of. 

About 8 weeks ago God showed us once again that he is in control, has an amazing sense of humor and an unending love for us. From the beginning my dad has told us that while he was ecstatic about our adoption he was and would continue to pray for us to have our own kids first. Well apparently God listened, and we found out that Meg was pregnant. Yes, you read that correctly. Meg is pregnant!! Even while writing this it is hard not to smile and enjoy the miracle that is life, given by the one and only with the life giving power, Jesus Christ. As we sat in the Dr.’s office yesterday and watched our child stretch, turn and wave at us we almost couldn’t believe it. God is good in so many ways that we can’t even fathom but this is definitely a taste of his goodness. So we are on a new ride and Meg has a due date of August 14th. 

We know that the first question many of you probably will have is what are we going to do about the adoption. Well, I will have to let Meg give you all of the details but our plan is still to move forward with the adoption in God’s perfect timing. We don’t know when that will be but we have always wanted to adopt and feel that adoption is at the heart of God. Therefore, the desire remains strong in us. It could be as soon as 6 months after we have our own child or years later. Only God knows, and we have found that trusting His timing is the best and most exciting place to be. We are so thankful for all of your support and prayers over the past months and years. We are so excited about the future and thankful for the 6+ years of marriage that we have had to relax, strengthen our marriage and grow in our faith. Now we are now looking forward to the change a child will bring and new opportunities to grow and learn. 

Glory to God.