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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

So.

So it's about to get real up in here. Finally. It may take some time, but bear with me and I'll fill you in. This is the real deal about what's going on that I haven't been able to share with you until now.

I've been told multiple times to write all this down before I forget. So I'm writing and finally sharing it. God's been doing some amazing things in our lives and I hope I can do Him justice by sharing this with you.

You know how God's brought us to a place of no debt. That in and of itself was a long story and He deserves all praise and glory for that. It's amazing how, now that we're out of debt, He just continues to pour out more and more blessings upon us. I couldn't even fathom all that God's done and given to us, but the crazy thing is it hasn't just stopped! He keeps giving and giving and giving!

Now let me stop right here and clarify. I am NOT tooting our own horns and saying 'oh look how awesome we are that God's been so good to us!' What I AM saying is this: 'despite our screw-ups and despite all the crap we pull, God still loves us enough to give us these amazing blessings that we can then turn around and share with others.'

So back to the goings-on...

We got out of debt at the very beginning of April (early!) and CC FINALLY after waiting for almost two years, got his promotion with raise (May). Amazing!

My hours were mutually agreed upon to cut back (May) because I was pretty burned out. I thought I'd have to quit but God found a different solution. I couldn't be happier with this and it's going really well. The goal is to eventually work my regular 32 hour office workweek, and a little bit on Wednesday nights for rehearsals, BUT only one Sunday per month. This is a BIG deal when most of my job revolves around planning and preparation for Sunday morning services.

In the meantime, God's been leading us for quite a while in a direction that wasn't quite clear to us. Little by little He's been giving us baby steps to follow. We obey one thing and then He shows us another thing to do. This sounds confusing because I don't know how else to say this. Here goes...


The Lord has very clearly given us the heart for adoption and we are working our way through the process to bring home a baby!


I know, five hundred gazillion trillion questions probably just popped into your head, so I will try to answer them to the best of my ability. Feel free to ask more along the way.

The gist is this... all along this journey we've been praying He would lead the way clearly and close doors He doesn't want us to walk through. We've also especially been praying that He would keep Hubby and me in one accord, on the same page.

The most amazing thing to me so far actually is that God's answered these prayers and Hubby and I are very much and have been and continue to be always on the same page. By this I mean for example, that we went to an info meeting in April to learn more about the local county's foster-to-adopt program. We went in very excited about the possibility and BOTH came out feeling very much that that was not the path God has for us to start expanding our family.

We immediately started looking into other options and I only ever had one private adoption agency on my mind. The people there are fantastic and they come highly recommended. In fact, my dear friends helped found the agency back in the day!

I can't tell you how interesting it's been as we've journeyed along to slowly realize that we are literally surrounded by adoption: friends who were adopted, friends who have or are or did adopt, my 'virtual' blog friends who almost all seem to have a HUGE heart for adoption, friends with all kinds of parental issues, and on and on. CC calls it the 'new car syndrome:' You get a new car that you think isn't so popular and suddenly all you see on the road is the very car you bought. Not sure if that makes sense, but he explains it way better than I can.

Anyway, so all along He's been preparing us for this process (I mean really, who else do you know besides me that absolutely loves filling out forms? Yeah, I don't know anyone else either.)- financially (debt-free and saving), physically (we're in the best shape of our adult lives so far!), emotionally and mentally (giving us back capacity to be present at home- lighter workloads), and spiritually (He's leading the way and we're staying close to best hear Him).

So we've been following along as I've been saying and tentatively taking steps through open doors. Adoption is REALLY expensive and of course we don't have that much money just lying around. But we have this much money to fill out this application, and this much other money to do a home study, etcetera. Each of those qualifies as an open door, you see?

Feeling like SUCH grown-ups, what I haven't mentioned is yet another blessing God's done... CC's new(ish) job is going very well! That's right- an offer too good to pass up. Less stress, great pay, back to no management, in the field that he's greatly passionate about, doing what he loves. Seriously, an awesome opportunity.

All this to say, it's been an incredible ride and we're just getting started! I can't wait to share more of what all God's doing and this is just the beginning!

In the meantime, please join us in praying for all involved, especially the birthmother we do not know who will be making such a sacrifice. Pray she feels His love and comfort and peace through all of this. Pray that the Lord will continue to prepare us to be best equipped to raise this little person He'll be entrusting to us. And most of all, please pray that HE alone will be glorified through our journey.

5 comments:

Jan said...

I am so beyond excited for you both! You two are going to be amazing parents!!! Praying right along with you for God's perfect peace, for His continued guidance, for the birth mother and her decision, and for you both as you prepare your arms for a little one to love and call your own. So happy for you! Love you guys!

Meredith said...

Love this so, so much...more than I know how to say. You know how John and I feel about you and CC, and we just can't wait for another Hopper to love! Praying, praying, praying!!

{cuppakim} said...

so.
this is JUST so super exciting, susan!
i'm THRILLED about this announcement. i love adoption, and i am soooo excited for you guys to become a bigger family! how wonderful, in soooo soo many ways! thank you for sharing a little glimpse of what is going on over there! i hope you choose to share more about the journey as it comes along, and i can't wait to follow along. i bet scout is so excited to be a big sister :)

LauraC said...

I"m late to commenting due to the new job but SO SO SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS! And I can't wait to meet your little one when it happens!

hannah singer said...

OMG i didn't know!! praise jesus! praying for y'all and the hearts of all involved :)

xo