She. picked. US!!
Sorry! I couldn't wait any longer. No witty-delayed beginning to this post.
Just days before the anniversary of our original homestudy approval we received the call we have been dreaming about for the last year and a half...
And she said "Hi! I wanted to call and congratulate you. My parents and I have picked you guys."
That's it! Two tiny sentences that will change our lives forever.
But I should probably start from the beginning:
(Note: to protect our precious friend/potential birthmother and respect her privacy I won't be able to give you too many specific details about her. I look forward to the day that I can!)
Ok so onto the story.
Last March Niles and I practically inhaled a book given to us about a birthmother and her journey to and through adoption. After reading the book (in less than 1 day!) we both felt like contacting the author to thank her for her story. She kindly responded and we began corresponding occasionally- especially around the time we met our first (potential) birthmother "L".
Then on October 26th I received a message from her saying she had been contacted by a "friend of a friend" who knew of a young girl that was looking to place her baby... Then the message read: "Are you still looking to adopt?"
With my heart beating 100mph I thanked her and responded with "Absolutely!" and sent along my contact information.
It seemed like such a long shot... a friend of a friend of a friend... but we said yes- of course! I sent messages out to all the prayer warriors in my life and asked them to pray for this young girl and for everyone in her life. That day I remember being so excite that I was excited. It had been so long since I had felt that way about our adoption journey...
Two weeks later we heard back that the young girl was having a GIRL and that she would be contacting potential families in the near future to place her baby. YAY! A Girl!
November 20th I heard from my friend (the author) that the young girl would be interviewing families after the holidays... only to get a call a few hours later saying "she might call you today!" And call she did! I heard "K's" voice for the first time that evening just moments after sitting down to dinner. We chatted for a bit getting to know each other. She shared with me how her pregnancy was going, how school was going and a desire to get to know my family better. After a 5-10 minute conversation we agreed that I would send her our adoption portfolio... then I hung up and exhaled. Phew!
We reviewed all our portfolio, we wrote her a letter, we prayed and we sent it off the next day.
And since that day we've waited. and we've prayed. and we've waited and prayed some more.
Then, on Monday evening, December 10th, sweet K called us...
Niles had just arrived home so I was able to step outside when my phone told me who was calling. Just seconds into the call she said the beautiful words "I want to congratulate you. My parents and I chose you guys." I was in complete SHOCK. I was expecting to hear that they had more questions for us or that they needed to clarify a few things... but this was amazing! By God's grace I didn't faint. By God's grace I was able to maintain my composure and share with her how happy her decision made us... then I had the complete pleasure to come back inside to tell the love of my life that we were going to have a baby girl! We had been picked!
Many of you reading this post have prayed with us for K and her family- and we are ever so grateful. I can only imagine the difficult and overwhelming task it would be to #1 choose to place your child for adoption and #2 to choose a family. I am so grateful for her parent's help, for the wise counsel of my author friend and for the prayers that were lifted up for all those involved. Please know that your prayers have been both powerful and effective!
We are seriously over the moon excited!
Many more details to follow... but for now we are happy to announce that we cautiously optimistic that our Ruthie will be joining our family some time around March 3rd, 2013!
To GOD alone be all glory, honor and praise!
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17