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Hope you all are enjoying your summer!
As many of you know we have begun the journey of growing our family through adoption. Unfortunately, we haven’t had the time to sit down individually and update all of you on the process, but your support is priceless to us and something that we value greatly.
Many of you have inquired as to why we are adopting, and many have even been surprised at our decision to adopt before having any biological children. Our desire to adopt has been something that the Lord placed on each of our hearts individually prior to meeting one another, and that common passion was a driving force in the early stages of our relationship. In honesty we were even surprised by the call that we felt to adopt for our first child, but are excited and eager to step through that open door!
For our first adoption, we are working with a Christian-based domestic agency located in Phoenix. Our initial home study and overall experience so far with this agency and specifically our caseworker has given us a peace that the Lord has us in the right place.
We understand that adoption is a personal calling, but our desire is to raise awareness to the enormous need; not only around the world, but also in our own back yard. We hope that through the documentation of our process you will not only better understand our personal calling, but also feel encouraged as followers of Christ to help those in need. We believe that adoption is a great representation of Christ’s adoption of us, and are excited to see God’s plan revealed to us throughout this journey.
As many of your know, obstacles abound throughout the adoption process. It is long and arduous and includes many unknowns. Part of the reason that we are writing this is to give you specific areas that you can be praying for us. First off, the timetable for bringing our child home can be anywhere from 4 months from now to 2 or 3 years. As you can imagine, that is a difficult waiting period and one that requires a great deal of faith. Another obstacle is that the birth parent(s) have 72 hours in the state of Arizona to change their mind (the baby would already be in our home). As you can imagine, that will be a tough 3-day period where trust and hope will be essential. Another obvious part of the equation is the financial challenges associated with adoption. We have taken a leap of faith that the Lord will provide the resources as we work hard and are good stewards of the gifts the Lord has given to us. We have already begun saving for the adoption but still have a long way to go as we anticipate it costing between 14-20 thousand dollars. Please pray that the Lord will provide the amount needed so we can complete the process.
We love you all so much & can’t wait to introduce you to our little one:) Feel free to follow our journey at our blog: http://ourlittlestoryjandb.blogspot.com/
Thank you for taking the time to read this, we look forward to growing our family with such a great group of loved ones! -
John & Britt
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Mommy & Daddy have been thinking about you a lot lately. We’ve been wondering where you are, what you’ll look like, and when we’ll get to meet you. We’re hoping it’s not too far away! You are going to have two mommies little one! Lucky you, not every baby gets two moms...just very special ones. Your birth mommy has a very difficult decision to make, one that she will think about for the rest of her life. She will be making the decision to give you to us, your mommy & daddy for life. Your birth mom loves you & that is why she will make this hard decision. She wanted you to have a life she couldn’t offer you, I will tell you more about this when you’re a little older. For now daddy & I will have to be patient & wait for God to bring you home to us. We are very excited to meet you sweetie. Mommy can’t seem to think about anything else lately. You will have siblings too baby, hopefully a few of them! God has called us to adopt you, YOU are our PLAN A. Please never forget that! You might have some questions for us when you get older & we want you to ask us whatever you want to. We love you & prayed for you long before you came into our lives...that’s what a lot mommy’s & daddy’s do, they dream about their babies long before they come into the world! It might sound a little silly to you but we loved you long before we met you, we just knew you would be perfectly ours.
I want to promise you something baby. Mommy & Daddy will always love you, support you and pray for you. We promise to teach you about the Lord & love one another forever. We have a dream for you too, we hope you will love the Lord & follow His call in your life. Mommy & Daddy are following God’s call & that’s why we’re adopting you. What a blessing you will be in our lives! I have always wanted to be a mommy, you’ve been on my mind for many years & I am anticipating bringing you home. We'll do lots of fun things together, daddy wants to teach you about sports & mommy will teach you about music & art.
With much love & anticipation,
A friend of ours got me this book last week. She raved about the author & thought I would like it, she was right! I started it yesterday at the pool & am almost done:) It's one of those books you don't want to finish because it's SO good. Not a chapter went by with out a few tears falling on the pages...I am usually not a crier when I read but this book truly moved me. It was so real & applicable to what John and I are going through right now.
Monday, June 14, 2010
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Response to question #1: Please describe Jesus Christ’s involvement in your life. Do you feel that Jesus has a central role in your life? If so, when did that begin to take place for you?
Since I accepted Jesus into my life 7 years ago I have been dramatically changed. The contentment & peace my relationship with the Lord brings me is beyond words and the central part of my being. The grace & mercy God has shown me is humbling and it is my hope to be a witness of the Lord’s truth to everyone in my life, especially our children. My basis of how to live life & treat others comes from the Bible. Scripture gives us clear & direct guidelines on our role here on earth during this lifetime. Though I fail at living the life He designed for us to live all the time I am completely amazed by His grace and ability to shape our sinful hearts & mold us into His servants. I pray that my heart will always be His to guide, my feet will always follow His call, and that my mind will never stop seeking Him and His will for our family.
Response to question #2: What do you want your children to understand about the message of Christianity?
I have been praying for our children since I became a believer myself. It is my hope that they not only know who the Lord is but make a personal choice to follow & seek Him. John and I plan to witness to our children through our personal relationships with the Lord, our relationship with one another, spending time reading scripture with our children, & teaching them the power of prayer in their daily life. Communication is not only key in a marriage but in any relationship, including that of our Savior. It is important that our children not just know the surface of what it means to be a believer of Jesus Christ but that they understand the importance of having a personal relationship with Him.