Planting the Seed

Published on 05.20.12

To be honest, I'm still not sure how we got here. This was never in the plans when Ashley and I got married - it wasn't even on our radar. I mean, geez, we have four kids of our own. Are we crazy?

Probably, yes.

About two years ago a guy from an adoption organization spoke at our church and something stirred inside of me. I didn't even know what was going on at the time, but God was planting a seed.

You see, at this point, we only had three kids and we kept going back and forth on whether to have any more. Ashley had already had three C-sections and any doctor will tell you it gets more dangerous the more you have. Plus, pregnancy is just hard on her physically.

We had decided we were done but then we would feel like we were being selfish and then flip flop over and over... and over. But there was something else going on, too.

I'll never forget the night Ashley came into my office while I was working and dropped the bomb, "I think we're supposed to have another kid, and then adopt." It wasn't a bomb because it wasn't out of the blue - I knew it too and we had both been fighting it for months.

Looking back, I guess it was more of a relief that it was finally out in the open. Needless to say, Ada was born the next year and now here we are, finally feeling like things are less crazy and ready to start the adoption process.

Oh sure, we could wait another year or come up with a bunch of excuses as to why we're not ready yet. But there's no time to waste. There are kids that need a stable, loving home now. So let's do this.

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