On May 15th, 2016, we made the decision, as a family of four, to walk through the door of opening our hearts and our homes to another soul. When we started the journey, we really had no clue where it would take us, how long it would take us, and to who it would take us (we still don’t know that).
We didn’t know the challenges it would involve; we didn’t know the frustrations that would come; and we certainly didn’t know that it would lead us to a door of more and more unknowns.
All we knew is we were opening the door of our hearts and walking through a possibility.
At t he time, we weren’t sure if the door would lead us down a path of a private adoption with a private agency, adoption with a big-name organization, or fostering through our local, county agency.
One step in front of the other. One prayer after the other. One call after the other. One prompting after another. One conversation after the other. Walking, walking, walking; we have continued to put one foot in front of the other, leaning on our Savior and trusting Him for every step of the way.
Some steps have been clear and some have been not-so-clear. Some steps have been easy and some have been hard. Some have been fun and some have been scary. Some have been fast and some have been slow. Some have been in a straight line and some not-so-much.
Suffice to say, it’s been a journey filled with lots of steps…with only more to come.
On May 15th, 2016 we walked through a door. And today, almost exactly a year later, we walk through another. On May 17th, 2017, we can officially say, “We have been dual-licensed to foster and/or adopt!”
We have no clue what is behind this new door, or where this path will or will not lead, but here’s a few things I know and choose to believe.
Every child is worth the paperwork.
Every child is worth the hours.
Every child is worth the sacrifice.
Every child is worth the money.
Every child is worth the appointments, the meetings, and the emails.
Every child is worth the changes.
Every child is worth the renovations.
Every child is worth the questions.
Every child is worth the awkward conversations.
Every child is worth the exhaustion.
Every child is worth the tears.
Every child is worth the fears.
Every child is worth the wait.
Every child is worth the walk.
Every child is worth every single one of those steps.
Because every child (biological, fostered, or adopted) is worthy of being loved, protected, and nurtured by hearts that are willingly open to be broken and changed along the way.
Every child, every step.
To God be the glory, great things He has done… and great things we believe He will continue to do.