Friday night was the last day of VBS and something was a little different. Maybe it was the fact that Emma had told everyone in Abby's class that we're adopting, but one of the volunteers that's there every year said that she had also adopted from China. She gave us her contact info and asked us to contact her so that she can get us hooked up with the church's adoption support group and so that the church can help us fundraise. Apparently the church has a heart for adoptions and wants to help in any way possible. That meant the world to me. To have people along this journey that can support us through friendship is priceless. This is an emotional journey that can at times take a lot out of you mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Since we've announced our adoption we've had an overwhelming amount of support, except from our family members. My dad, my cousin, and my aunt are the only family members that congratulated us and been an encouragement. Everyone else has acted as if we're committing some sort of selfish act and seems disappointed in our decision to adopt a child that was abandoned and provide him with a loving home. But I have to remind myself that the people that are not supportive are those that have chosen to not be active participants in our lives, and that although I respect their opinions, I do not need to allow the opinions of others to change whether I obey God.
Although I know that the only thing that matters is that we follow God's guidance in all of this, I still woke up on Sunday morning feeling down by some of the comments I received from family members (some I haven't seen in over 20 years and have never met my kids) over the weekend. I got everyone ready for church and even though we were 10 minutes late walking into a new church, we did it without any issues lol. We decided to visit the church where the girls attend VBS. Emma stayed in the special needs class to hang out with Abby (I love that she wants to be with her), and Lincoln went to the nursery to hang with the other babies.
Matt and I finally made it to the sanctuary and got our seats. The church had a guest speaker and I can't say enough for the amazing word that God gave this man. It was everything I needed to hear. After the service was over we walked out to get the kids and head off to lunch. As we were loading everyone into the car (the 30 minute ordeal that happens when we load and unload lol) one of the kids from Abby's class started talking to Matt from inside his parents car, which sparked a conversation between Matt and the child's parents. Once all the kids were in the car I walked over and we all got to talking. Come to find out, their son Landon (Abby's been in class with him for 3 years) has hydrocephalus and get this...they're also adopting from China and are working with the same adoption agency. They have four biological children and also have the struggles that come with having a special needs child. It was just so absolutely encouraging to meet a family that is in the same shoes medically and is also pursuing adoption. It just confirmed in my heart that it does not matter whether the naysayers accept this as God's will for our lives, because ultimately the only thing that matters is whether we're listening to God, following His lead, and when it comes down to it God knows our hearts. I'm so excited for this new friendship and traveling the adoption and special needs road with our new friends. I can't wait to see God's will unfold in all our lives.
I do want to make sure that I take this time to thank those of you that have been a source of encouragement, we truly appreciate your kind words and prayers. We also want to thank those that have donated to our puzzle fundraiser. We have a $500 fee coming up that we have to send in and the money raised so far is being put towards that. From the bottom of our hearts we're truly thankful for every prayer, loving words, thoughts, and donations.
Thank you so much!!!!!
He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.