[verse reference=”James 1:27″]Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.[/verse]
There’s a longing that’s been inside of me since about high school. In fact, I remember sitting in the gym bleachers and saying it to my friends out loud for the first time. “I want to adopt someday.” The words surprised even me because I hadn’t always felt that way. It was as if the Lord physically reached out and placed the desire on the shelf of my soul, and suddenly, there it sat.
Since that time, I’ve gotten married and given birth to two amazing, God-sent little girls. In many ways, our family looks and feels complete. Yet there remains a slight uneasiness in me and a hunch that our story is not yet finished. Over the years, my husband and I have talked many times about adoption. He gets excited talking about the possibility, just like me. He is a wonderful father and has always had a gift for reaching out to underprivileged and overlooked kids. I know he would make a great adoptive dad.
However, I noticed that most of the time when we talked about adopting, it was me who brought it up. I’ve read and heard enough to know this is something for which both parents need to be 110 percent all in. And I certainly didn’t want to be pushing him toward something he didn’t really desire. So I told myself that I would stop bringing it up and pray about it instead. If adoption was a desire of his heart, he would bring it up on his own.
I was surprised and thrilled last week when he told me he’d been doing some thinking and “looking online at adoption websites.” I thanked God for the confirmation that we really were on the same page.
I don’t feel that this is the time for us to begin the adoption process. And my husband doesn’t either. There are several factors in our lives that we need to work through first. But I’m hopeful that the day will come when God says, “Now.” Indeed, I’ll be over the moon.
In the meantime, I’ll continue what I’ve been doing. I’ll study up on the ins and outs, ups and downs of adoption. I’ll read articles and blogs. I’ll pray that God guides us through each step and choice in life. And I’ll keep giving my heart and soul to the two precious daughters He has entrusted to us already, trusting that He knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
Kelcie Huffstickler has a B.S. in Journalism from Arkansas State University and has written for a number of family publications and websites. She and her high-school-sweetheart hubby have been married for seven years and parents for four. They have two daughters, Eden and Selah, and sometimes feel like they’re swimming upstream in the toddler years. Kelcie’s husband is a firefighter, and she works part-time as a high school abstinence education instructor. Despite feeling overwhelmed by this stage of life, Kelcie is committed to intentional parenting and passing a heritage of faith to her children. She enjoys living among family in the safety of a small town and writes about it on her blog This Beautiful Inheritance.
Kelcie Says: “Hi y’all, I’m Kelcie. I’m a small town, southern girl through and through! My hubby, two girls, and I live a simple life with more family in a two mile radius than you thought possible! On most days, you can find me playing Cinderella, making “cheese sandwiches,” and pretending not to see the worst hiders ever in a game of hide-and-seek. We also enjoy popping in on my parents who live three blocks away and rounding up cousins for a play-date. During those rare moments of Mommy Time, I enjoy cups of coffee, writing, and a little Dr. Phil. I’m a far-from-perfect Mama but thankful for God’s Grace that covers me anyway.”