As you know our initial adoption process came to a halt when we finally realized our youngest daughter had aspergers disorder. You can read about that here. We needed some time to process and figure out how to work together well as a family within autism. Yet adoption always remained on our heart. Knowing God would work it out in due time if it was part of His plan.
Then here recently at random times the girls started asking when we would adopt? They wanted us to start the process again. It was strange how it kept coming up. Again, we started praying about it. This has to be something the entire family is in agreement on for us.
Then busy, sweet, three year old Dakota crashed into our lives. A week ago we felt impressed by the Spirit to pray about bringing him into our home. He is not able to stay with his parents at this time. If someone did not step in he would be going into state custody. We stepped up in faith and now he will be with us. We are so excited to add him to our family. We already love him and see him as part of our family. It is crazy how full our hearts are of love for him. This is only possible because God fills us with His love, in turn we can pour out that same love. It is not quite adoption or fostering. It is something we never considered before, taking custody with the hopes of family reunification. The family has some work to do to be considered a safe place for him to stay.
Over the next two weeks he will be transitioning into our home. Then on the 26th legally and officially part of our family in the eyes of the court. For the past three months he has been at my friends home with two of his other brothers. You can read her post about that here.
In our unique situation we must take things one day at a time, pray for the families involved and trust God's plan. After all Christ promises us, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you" (John 14:18). It is for the sake of the gospel. It is grace. It is a new adventure that will be life changing for us all. It will make us more like Him.