"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Our Decision to Adopt

I have known my whole life that God was calling me adopt a child internationally. I did not know when or where this calling would take me, but I had no doubts that it was His desire for my life. My dad (who is a pastor) and mom accepted a one year missionary position in Kenya while I was in high school. That year changed my life in so many ways, one of which was that it created in me a burning passion and heart for the orphans in Africa. When I met my husband several years later, I was amazed to learn that he too had always felt a calling to adopt a child. After we were married, we decided to have two biological children and then adopt our third child, thereby completing our family. (Even as I write this, I can just hear that old saying that if you want to make God laugh, just make plans!!) We were surprised to learn after having our two biological children that a third biological child was on the way! This was nowhere in the plans we had made for ourselves, but like everything else we'd been through, we knew to trust God fully with His will for us. When our youngest daughter was about 6 months old, we nervously began to revisit our adoption calling. We knew God was still calling us to adopt, but we were unsure of how we would manage four children. For almost a year, we prayed for His guidance in our decision. We shared our struggle with our closest family members and friends from our small group who all agreed to surround us in prayers through this decision-making process. In October of 2009, we felt so strongly that the timing was right and that we needed to trust Him fully as we agreed to follow His calling. We were completely convicted, and we sent in our application to adopt a child from Ethiopia, just north of where I lived all those years ago in Kenya.

The adoption agency we've chosen to work with, America World Adoption, is a fully-committed Christian organization. We are so excited to have found an agency who shares our belief that adoption is a gift from God and a beautiful picture of the way God loves us and "adopts" each one of us into His family.


  1. Laura,
    Wow! So awesome...I can't wait to meet the fourth little person in your family! If we can be of any help babysitting, food, whatever you need, along the way, please, PLEASE don't hesitate to ask!! Jenn Wagar

  2. VERY CUTE!!! I am getting anxious!! Love the bible verse! I needed to read that today...Can't wait for our boys to play together!!!

  3. Your picture on the top of your blog is one of the pictures you took the day we met! I'm glad I get to follow your journey.


  4. Our prayers are with your family as God prepares you for the journey to adopt your precious son. Emma, Ellie and Erin will be the most perfect big sisters any little brother could ask for. Thanks for starting the blog for so we can be praying on a daily basis for your baby. Praise the Lord that you and Charlie have hearts large enough to love another child of God.

    Donna and Terry