A few days ago, I updated you all with our big adoption news - we've been matched with twins. And I've been so grateful for the response. So I just want to say thank you and how much this means to us as a family.
I've had some people question why we tell when we've been matched so early on...or why we even say anything at all. They think we're seeking attention or praise or that we're possibly setting ourselves up for a big letdown if it falls through. The first couldn't be farther from the truth; and the second, well, yes, that is possible, but it's still so worth it to tell as many people as we can. And why is that?
Because of the prayers.
You see, we saw the incredible power of prayer when we adopted our son in 2012:
As soon as we began the adoption process for the first time in 2010, we began praying for all our future birthmothers and children (because we hoped to adopted more than once). And we asked everyone we knew to pray for us, our birthmothers, and babies. We knew this was so important, but little did we know how important it would truly be...
When we met our son's loving and courageous birthmother, she knocked our socks off with this amazing story. She said (something like this):
"When I first found out I was pregnant, I was scared and had no clue what to do. I was so depressed and felt so alone. Then, I found XYZ agency. Next, I saw your profile and knew you were the family. And I just knew people had been praying for me because I felt at peace, and I knew I was making the right decision."
We both were struck speechless by her words. We (and many of our friends and family) had been praying for her for 2 years...well before we knew her. And she felt those prayers. She knew we had been praying for her. They truly helped her.
Every time I even think about her words, I get goosebumps. Yes, I know God listens to our prayers and answers them. But to hear and see our prayers working right before our very eyes? It just blows me away to even think about it. And then to think about all of the prayers we say for others that we don't see how they're answered. Wow.
So that's why I talk about our adoptions a lot...and every time I do, I ask for prayers...
Prayers for the agency for wisdom and guidance in their counseling.
Prayers for the birthmother for peace, strength, and guidance.
Prayers for the babies for whatever is best for them and for their health.
Prayers for my family for peace and strength and that we trust in God's will.
You don't realize how powerful your prayers are. They really, truly help us. More than you know. So thank you, my dear friends, for praying for all of us! You don't know how much it means to us!
Merry Christmas and may you have a wonderful time celebrating with your family!
1/29/15 Update: This match with the twins has fallen through. Please continue to keep us all in prayer - your prayers are appreciated and mean so much to us. Thank you! -Jess