Kadiri has a brother!!
Yep, we were shocked! Remember from a previous post that we wanted an only child, so we chose him? Well, God had other plans! Our agency didn't give us the correct information, so last week, when a new friend, Carrie, (cool story to share soon) called the orphanage on our behalf to inquire about Kadiri, she found out about the brother. Carrie then called us and said that the Director wanted to know if we wanted to adopt Kadiri, or Kadiri and his little brother!!
Oh. my. OH MY!!
Let me go back a few days:
April 17 (Sunday)
I posted this on facebook:
dear friends: we would be grateful if you would pray with us over the next couple of days for wisdom and a clear sign of direction from God concerning our adoption. (we know God has called us to adopt, and believe it is a particular child, but we have been at a standstill for quite sometime and are asking God's clarity and direction in our current situation). thank you ♥
Minutes after that, my friend Jenny "introduced" me to a friend of hers on facebook. I met Heidi Weimer and fell in love with her story and ministry. Her blog is called "We have room" (gets ya right there, doesn't it??) and they have 11 children, more than half of which are adopted! You can find it here .
After reading it, God pierced my heart with the idea of adopting another child. I felt this was very strange as we didn't even have this adoption completed.
The next day was Monday (April 18), and it so "happened" that I had a Dr's appointment 2 1/2 hours away. (check up with my specialist from my auto-immune disease) Chad was going with me, so we had a lot of time to talk. I started telling him about Heidi and her family. He listened, then looked at me and said, "Are you trying to tell me something?" I was looking straight ahead and said, "Well, just that I think it might be cool to adopt another child someday that is also from Ghana." As I said that, I looked at him out of the corner of my eye to gauge his reaction. He smiled and said, "Okay, I could see that someday." And so, I tucked that away, not realizing the issue would resurface in three days with a decision to be made!!
On Thursday (April 21), when we heard the news, we spent a few hours in shock, but yet knowing that God had ordained the days previous.
One of the things that struck me on Heidi's site, were these words: "My life is not my own." Every time I came up with my own excuses as to why this wouldn't work, God popped that phrase in my mind. I knew this was the prayer He wanted me to seek Him on:
Lord, if I truly say I am Your follower, if I truly believe that you are Sovereign God, then I need to release my plans to you. I need to release my control. To release what "makes sense" to me. If my heart is truly Yours, then so is my life. If my life is truly yours, then, I need to live like my life is not my own. So, Lord, I want your will.
After prayers, discussion and a little freaking out ;) we made the decision to pursue both. So, soon, we will have two more added to our four. Kadiri (age 11) and his brother Ata, who is 6!
Am I nervous? Scared? Excited? Overwhelmed? At peace? Yes! Do I know how this will all work out? No. We don't even have a vehicle that we can all fit in! We live in a 3 bedroom, bath and a half that we need to sell and find a home that will fit our family better. Finances? Do I serve a God of the IMPOSSIBLE??? YES! A resounding yes! I am not expecting it to be easy, but I do know that God will be there, and has already prepared the way.
Will you follow along and watch as God works the impossible? Will you join us in praying home our boys? Oh, I started crying as I'm writing this. What an honor. What an honor to be a mom to two precious boys who long to belong.
here we go... ( big smile)