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I am so happy being married and living with my best friend. We adopted our first child, Ari, in 2011 through a domestic adoption and our second, Jude, in 2014.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thankful for the Struggle

A few weeks ago I made a quick statement about the difficulties of adoption on Twitter, but decided it was probably something I could write a whole blog post on, so I am!

Infertility and adoption are both very difficult things to go through. Neither one are for the faint of heart. They require mental strength, willpower, determination, and a whole lot of patience. It can be so frustrating to try and pursue something when you have no idea what exactly you are pursuing or when/how it will come about.

Now, I'm not saying I'm good at any of these things. I'm probably one of the most impatient people to go through the adoption process. But yet, God has lead me to adoption and I believe with all of my heart that this is where He wants me to be.

That means that God believes me, the hubs, and our marriage are all strong enough to endure these things. I may not be excellent at it, but I am doing it because of the faith that He has in me. What an incredibly humbling experience.

When I was in middle school, I remember watching a biography video on Rich Mullins. One thing that stood out to me was when they talked about how his nephew was born with a birth defect. His sister, naturally, went through the "Why me?" stage, but Rich's response was so amazing to me. He simply told her that God thought so much of her, that He gave her a baby that would need the extra amount of love He knew she could provide. That idea has always stuck with me.

What may seem to be a tragedy or difficult struggle to us, may really be a compliment from God. He is so proud of His children and I believe He wants to show us off. He wants others to know what we're capable of and what we can do through Him.

May God's name be praised through our blessing and compliment of infertility and adoption.


Karen Van Sickle said...

Thanks for sharing....

Danna 'Nelson' Townsdin said...

I'm so proud of you both!

Shannon said...

What a testimony. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I just wanted you do know you are on my list and I'm praying for you and your adoption journey!