"You mean you want another kid?" This question was posed to my husband recently when the conversation was turned to our adoption process.
"Yes," dear hubby assured him.
But thinking of our other six children, the concerned fellow responded, "But is that legal?"
Of course, I understand that not everyone has the same perspective we do, so I thought I would share just a smidgen of our story and how God has brought us down this road.
I have not always wanted to adopt. In fact, I never considered it until after our first child was born. It was after viewing a popular talk show's episode on the plight of Romanian orphans that I began to feel God prick at my heart.
The Lord was so generous and continued to bless us with biological children. Even after our fourth child was born, I remember looking into Chinese adoptions online. I remember being re-inspired by Steven Curtis Chapman. Yet, when I saw the cost of international adoption, I was so overwhelmed and discouraged. I remember thinking, "This is such a wonderful idea, but it must be for other people. (People with money. . .;0) People who do not have children."
God began to change my thinking, though. My husband went on his first international mission trip in 2005 to the country of Nicaragua. He was changed forever.
He persuaded me to return with him on another trip. For the first time, I saw real poverty, first-hand. I was overwhelmed, confused, sad, yet blessed beyond all measure.
And for the first time, I held real orphans in my arms.
For the first time, they were no longer faces on the tv screen.
They were as real as you and I. They each had a story. They each needed a loving family.
I was broken. I returned to the US, seeing everything differently, for the first time.
The orphans there opened my eyes to a world of children who need a family.
It slowly began to sink in. There are 147 million orphans all around this world.
My husband and I finally realized that there are way too many orphans for us to think we have enough children.