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!