Our first adopted child joined us as the fourth child in our family. When we told our parents/siblings we were adopting, there were questions and doubts. Many had a story of someone who had adopted a child who ruined their life, was a “black seed”….(oh my word)……and we had to stand firm and with conviction tell our family that our decision to adopt came from a call from the Lord and a long season of prayer and discussion……..
We are not born with a gentle and quiet spirit. Our parents don’t give it to us. We can’t take a class, wear a patch, or resolve ourselves to have one. Perhaps more frustrating than this, it isn’t something we can give our children.
The other day, I was working on my daughter’s hair, marveling at her ability to sit still and tolerate the pulling and tugging without screaming, melting down and fighting me. I was thinking back to how well she tolerated change in plans over the weekend when we were travelling and in a hotel…..and when the answer was “no” there was only a pouty face for a minute and then an ability to accept that “no” and move on. Whoa.
I’m tired, I’m worn
My heart is heavy
From the work it takes
To keep on breathing
I’ve made mistakes
I’ve let my hope fail
My soul feels crushed
By the weight of this world
And I know that You can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left
Adoption from Both Sides
Listening to the story and voice and heart of others is an essential part of building authentic relationships. Join Amy Monroe (adoptive mom) and Carissa Woodwyk (adult adoptee) as they share their experiences and insights related to the adoption journey – from two different angles, with two different perspectives – both voices important, both stories needed.
Robert & Amy Reynolds family
Children: Kellen (5), Caleb (5), Norah (3) and Owen (3)
Church: Sojourn Church, Boise, Idaho
We officially started our second adoption journey in June 2015 after much prayer and discussion. Our oldest son was adopted domestically as a newborn. We did not feel financially “ready” to adopt again at all, but we definitely felt that God was leading us to start the process, and that He would provide a way. We had a lot of support from friends and family, but the cost was still overwhelming at times. But God proved faithful, as always, and we were able to travel just a year later, in June 2016, to bring home our sweet son from China. The grant we received from Katelyn’s Fund was such a blessing! It was a relief to have some of the financial burden lifted so we could focus more on our family and meeting Owen’s immediate medical needs when we arrived home. Owen is a happy, sweet, active little guy, and he fits right into our family. We celebrated his 3rd birthday just a few days after coming home. We are still all adjusting to our new normal, but we will never regret saying “Yes” to God’s call to care for orphans, and to Owen in particular. He is a joy and a light in our lives! Thank you, Katelyn’s Fund, for helping us to bring him home!