Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Beginning

Where did it all start? Well, it's all kind of a blur...here is how I remember it. About a year ago, out of the blue, Rick asked me if I had ever thought about adopting. I was speechless and for those of you that know me, that is a rarity. My heart was beating so fast because I never thought that adopting was something that he had considered. What made it so crazy is that I had also thought about adoption for a while but wasn't sure if Rick would think I was crazy. Rick stated that we have been blessed with so much and why not share our blessings and love with someone less fortunate. "What a wonderful man I married", I thought to myself. We had a few conversations about it and then didn't talk about it for a few months as we were busy moving to a new city, new jobs, Savannah in a new school, and building a new home.
After we got settled, Rick brought up the adoption topic again. We talked and prayed about it privately as we were not ready to tell family yet.
4 Months later... we were visiting my mom in MO and she asked if we knew anyone who would be interested in adopting a girl from Russia who needed a family. Rick and I looked at each other in disbelief. What a random question. We couldn't believe she was asking us when she didn't even know that we were considering adoption. WOW!
3 months later...Although we decided not to adopt from Russia, we did decided to move forward with the adoption process and finding an agency to work with. After doing a lot of research, we felt the Lord was leading us to adopt from Africa. After telling a few close family members of our decision, it turns out that most of them were not shocked at all and almost predicted what I was going to tell them before the word "adoption" even came out of my mouth.
Rick may have a different version to share, but this is how I remember it. Never the less, I'm beyond excited to add a family member, grow to the many blessings I already have and fullfill what I know is a calling from God. Thank you Jesus!


The Boyd Family (Rickey, Jess & Abby) said...

Thank you so much for sharing this blog with us. Honestly, I never imagined that getting to spend the rest of my life with Rickey would encompass so many other great people and such an amazing family. You, Savannah, and Rick have been a huge blessing to my life and I can't imagine it without you. We are so happy for you and excited for this journey. There is a lot of stress and work in the adoption process and I know God will reward you for your perserverance. I can't wait to hear the updates and please know that we are praying for this detailed process and everyone involved. We love you! ~Rickey, Jess & Abby

Anonymous said...

It is so great to hear from you and what exciting news! Congrats! This girl or boy couldn't ask for a better family! I can't wait to hear more! Thanks for sharing...Andrea, Jason, and Dawson Berg

Lisa W. said...

What a moving montage! The acapella song in the background was incredible.