So honestly, I could probably write about this all year.
Don’t worry. I won’t. But it may take a couple weeks to share our whole story.
About three years ago when our second son was fifteen months old, I asked my husband, Joe, when he’d be ready for another baby. He really surprised me when he said,
“Have you ever considered adoption?”
To be honest, no, I never had. As far as I knew, only people who couldn’t have biological kids adopted. As of yet, we hadn’t faced that challenge.
Joe then asked me to read Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches by Russell Moore. He had a sample chapter on his Kindle, and as soon as I read that chapter, I knew I needed to read the whole book.
My two biggest takeaways from Moore’s book are as follows:
- The devil is waging a spiritual war on families. If he can destroy the perception that a child's father is someone who is stable, loving, and leading, he can destroy that child's ability to view God as such. Adoption combats that battle head on. Real, loving adoption gives children the opportunity to have a dad who chose them and would sacrifice anything for them.
- Adoption personifies the gospel. God chose us as His children. When a child was adopted in the Bible, that child was given the name and the inheritance of his father. As Christians, God has given us His name and His inheritance of eternity in Heaven.
Before too long, our hearts were in agreement that if we were going to consider adopting, we needed to start with the hundreds of kids in our own community who needed homes and fathers. We called Utah Foster Care and set up an appointment for a consultation.
We had no idea what we were doing.
But we knew we were doing the right thing.