Art I received at Allume in 2013 from The Ruby Pearl
As far as I’m concerned, The Boy is now Our Son.
I know I prayed to know–to really know–that he was ours, but I’m still surprised at how right it all feels. We walked into the meeting where I was literally eyeing the trash cans in case I puked. I was so nervous about what we might hear.
We saw his picture before the meeting started. I pulled them out and while I can’t describe him or show him to you, I will only say that I knew. I’ve been feeling like this is really it for several days–that this was the real deal. In fact, I sobbed last night as God gave me a glimpse into a much larger story he’s been writing. Something about seeing his picture, though, was the final stamp. I truly didn’t even need to hear his story to move forward. However, the meeting went very well. They read us his background summary, answered questions and then handed us all of his records to take him and study. I wish I could tell you details, but I will say I’m looking forward to showering him with love and attention.
I can tell you only that he is 8 years old.
And even with that small amount of information, I need to do some math for you and give you a peek into some things that God has been doing.
Do you know what was happening 8 years ago in our family? We were in the midst of my emotional affair. Our marriage was the worst it’s been. I just know Satan was trying to tear our family apart not only to ruin all of us, but also to stop this rescue. Coincidentally, at the same time this boy came into this world.
Two threads began. One birth of life and one attempted birth of death began.
And did you know, when we began considering adoption 3 years later, we were wanting a 3 year old? And do you know that he would have been 3 at the same time?
I have no doubts that it wasn’t just that God “let us have him” so that our timelines would “match” but that God specifically set that desire in our hearts so 5 years down the line, he could bless us with our son.
The celebration of his life rescued and our marriage redeemed.
Two threads tied together forever.
God is so stinkin’ awesome. I cannot even stand it.
As for next steps, we are thinking that Scott and I will meet with him at a park for an hour next week. From there, we schedule home visits and then hope to have him settled before school starts in August.
So many of you have reached out to tell us you’re praying for us and we so appreciate it. Clearly, God is near. Please continue praying that our path forward is cleared and that our hearts continue to be joined together as a family.
I walked into that meeting today ready to be sick and walked out doing a happy dance at the elevators.
And so it was..that she, having waited long and endured patiently realized and obtained what God had promised. Hebrews 6:15