Monday, January 31, 2011

The Beginning

Our adoption story began like so many other families.  We wanted to expand our family and we felt God telling us we were going to expand through adoption.  When we first started the adoption process we picked a country and then an agency.  After that we did what most people will do and looked at the price tag.  The very big price tag (it was hard to see much but the price at this point).  This occurred for us at the end of 2007.  We set down for a budget meeting as we do every year to plan for the year to come.  I wasn't aware until after we looked at the numbers just how much of an underdog we were in this race.  We were a single income family of three living in the midsouth.  After the budget meeting I remember looking at Chad and saying, "so if we continue to live the way we live on the income we have, it will take 10 years to be able to afford this adoption."  This was a hard pill to swallow.  I was certain that God was calling our family to adoption and new we must do anything to do it.  At this point so many questions and concerns began to enter my thoughts.  I am sure that many of you who have had some experience in the adoption process have felt this heavy burden.  Why would God call us to do something that seemed so out of reach?
Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race that marked out for us"
My daily prayer became for God to show us the way.  I wanted it to be clear that this was the past for us and that God was going to show us how to stay on this path.  I did not think I was going to have a "burning bush" moment or that miraculously a large some of money was going to appear in our bank account during the night.  I do believe God still performs these  so called "burning bush" moments but then what would I learn.  Chad and I often have to learn things the hard way (I guess Nolen's apple didn't fall too far from the tree).  I began to learn how to cut things from our budget that I could control.  Such as groceries, household products, and cable television.  Instead of instant money God used this opportunity to teach me about stewardship.  He began to show me ways to stretch that dollar.  
My first way that I stretch our dollar will be coming on Wednesday.  Yes, I make my own Laundry Detergent.

A picture of our family at this time in our life.


  1. I just discovered your blog, and enjoyed reading your posts! My husband and I adopted twin boys from Astrakhan in 2007. Astrakhan kids are beautiful, aren't they? Your little boys is adorable! We had a really difficult court experience - has to go to court 5 times. Its a very long story, though we still would love to go back to Astrakhan! Anyway, thank you for your post about finances. God calls us to walk in faith. Adoption is certainly a journey of faith!
    Blessings to you!

  2. My family would also love to go back to Astrakhan. We found out that after the incident last year when the little boy was sent back that Astrakhan is no longer participating in international adoptions.