Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to adopt a little boy, well, three to be exact but let’s just take it one at a time. I believe that everyone who wishes to be a parent should be one, no matter their age, sex, or marital status… What really matters is whether they can provide a loving home or not.
I understand that it may be hard for some to see a single missionary living in Thailand adopting as a good idea, but for years I’ve prayed and prepared myself for such a time as this. Over the past 10 years I’ve prayed asking God for the green light to adopt, and in September of 2016, God finally said, “Yes! And his name will be Justice.”
It was in that moment I became his mom and he became my son. I don’t know who “he” is yet, I haven’t been matched but I have spent every day since praying for him, wondering about him, and preparing for him.
I have prayed that wherever he is, his needs are being met. I’ve prayed that his angels are watching over him to keep him safe and out of harm’s way. I have prayed so many things for my son but one thing is for sure: I have never stopped praying for him and I never will.
I have wondered what he looks like and how old he will be when he comes home. I have wondered what makes him laugh and what that laugh might sound like. My mind has imagined and wondered so many things but there is something that I don’t ever have to imagine and that’s my unconditional love for him.
I have been preparing for him as well – using this time of “waiting” wisely. I have been preparing my mind, heart, and our home. Reading books, oh so, so many books, blogs, watching videos and asking fellow parents a million questions. I’ve been preparing my heart as it grows and grows with love for my son every day. And I’ve been preparing our home. Setting up his room has been so fun. I hope he likes it! When I think about him sleeping in his bed and playing cars in his room, it gives me so much joy!
This season of waiting has been and will be long. It has stretched my faith. I have fallen more and more in love with Jesus through this process and I can’t wait to teach Justice all about my best friend!
So now it’s just a waiting game. Well, not a game. Games are fun, waiting isn’t.
This is an inter-country adoption, therefore there is no agency that I get to work with. I do all the paperwork myself, working directly with the Department of Children and Youth and the Child Adoption Center in Bangkok. Funds raised will go towards all adoption related expenses (flights to and from Bangkok, Embassy fees, paperwork processing fees – so far $3,500 but more to come), setting up our home for his arrival (home study requirements – so far $1,200, but more to come), his school tuition for 1 year ($8,000+ other fees) and anything left over will go toward a safe, reliable vehicle (which will be around $15,000 itself).
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Here are some Scriptures I’m standing on…
Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”
Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord.”
1 Samuel 1:27 “For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”