Thanks Peru…

A little more about our story,

On February 2, 2012 we got a call from our adoption agency telling us there is a sibling group available for adoption.  We were happy, excited, joyful and OVERWHELMED!! Because the next sentence the agency told us…’There are five of them”…Five! Are you kidding me?  All I can think of is: you are going to entrust five children to me!  When I hear mother of five I might instantly envision Superman dressed in heels and an apron.

I was afraid.

Then we were told their gender and ages.  Boy 6yrs, girl 5yrs, boy 4yrs, boy 3yrs, girl 1.5yrs.

God’s plans are greater than our plans.  Thank goodness.  We began “planning” our family through adoption by looking into adopting one child, a baby girl.  Then my husband went on a mission trip to Peru in the summer of 2011.

This mission trip was not on our radar.  We had not financially planned for an international mission trip but God had provided the time and the money (money we thought we had better use for).  Also most of the mission trip my husband would have to participate in acting out bible stories…my husband, the rocket scientist, does not act, he engineers, will hold cue cards but as for acting, not his thing!  This trip could have been just an uncomfortable experience for my husband but as with everything, God used this trip for His glory.  Through Peru my husband’s heart was softened towards South America, living the American dream became an after thought, our family began actively supporting this ministry and God was given control.  Two months later we applied for a sibling group of 2-4 from Colombia.

So I have to point out that we are getting a baby girl (our plan) AND her big sister and three big brothers (God’s plan).

Adoption is hard.  There is always the chance that it may not happen.  Bringing home five new members of our family will be difficult.  Becoming a mom will be exhausting.  But I am no longer afraid.  Cautious, prayerful, leaning heavily on God, seeking resources and help every step of the way-yes!

‘You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.’ ~Eleanor Roosevelt

At the dinnermesa,

Beth

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