...with a husband and 5 sons, I am truly outnumbered....stories and thoughts on life from a mom in a houseful of little men!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Off the Deep End

We've had some BIG developments with the adoption plans here in Boyland this week. (big breath)

We found out we've been chosen to parent a baby....a caucasion baby....due sometime in June.

Interestingly, this baby will probably look a lot like Tony and I....YES. We just discovered that God has blessed us with a new little person inside! This has been a very wild, unexpected turn of events for us. Some may say after sixteen years of marriage we'd have better control over these things...but really, it's not for us to control. We've always left the option open. This was perfectly orchestrated timing...though not by us.

We're really excited to be, God-willing, welcoming TWO new ones into our family in the near future...



...because we're still following through with our adoption plans...

We're still researching and planning to see more of what our adjusted time-table looks like. We'll be welcoming our little one by birth and settling in before we can follow-through with some of our adoption details. There are still many things that we'll, God-willing, continue with now, before our baby-by-birth arrives. You may ask, "Are we CRAZY?" Do you really need to ask?! We know, however, that this is God's plan for us. He is the dream-giver, and the One who put this into our hearts. We have a child waiting to be born, and a child waiting somewhere in the world for us to come to her. We don't want to miss out, and so, we've closed our eyes, taken a deep breath and jumped off the deep end. It's an invigorating, and sort of scary place to be!

Yesterday, the morning after we found out our big news, I opened up my Max Lucado devotional and here's what the Lord had to say to me:

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1

Jesus says the options are clear. On one side is the voice of safety. You can build a fire in the hearth, stay inside, and stay warm and dry for what you don't try, right? You can't fall if you don't take a stand, right? You can't lose your balance if you never climb, right? So don't try it. Take the safe route.

Or you can hear the voice of adventure--God's adventure. Instead of building a fire in the hearth, build a fire in your heart. Follow God's impulses. Adopt the child. Move overseas. Teach the class. Change careers. Run for office. Make a difference . Sure it isn't safe, but what is? --Max Lucado

We have one shot at this, People. One human life to live, and one legacy to leave. What is it that He is whispering in your heart? What chance is it He's asking you to take? Let's not miss out on a single adventure or blessing He has for us.

9 comments:

Hanna said...

I love it. Love it. Love it. Love it.

Jodi said...

Wow, Jess! Congratulations!

Jason and Stephanie said...

How crazy and exciting!!! Congratulations x1 right now (unless of course your have twins!!) and future congrats for baby #2! I will be praying for the right baby/mother situation and of course, for health and safety for you and your baby!!

Marti said...

I'm so excited for you guys!!

Ryan & Carly said...

Congrats Jess! I am inspired. :)

Pam said...

Wow. That's about all I can say!!! BIG news! Congratulations:)

amanda said...

I've been waiting for you in the deep end with some floaties. :) So happy to re-read this post again!

Jen said...

AWESOME!!!! The deep end is where you need floatation devices...especially when the number of children outnumber your arms :). My friend says, the more kids you have the more you die to self. This is true with my four and shall be for your 5 and then 6! I am so glad I read this before bed.
Love, Jen

mama said...

I dont think you're crazy!! Im excited for you. Good luck with the pregnancy AND the adoption!! :) (Gosh, guess I outta check your blog more often huh? :D )