Sunday, October 25, 2015

Unfolding {Part 1}

     I'm back! I've got a few posts up my sleeve to update you all about what's been going on in our neck of the thanks for sticking around...or coming back...or maybe you're reading for the 1st time! In that case, welcome!
     Whether or not you've followed along in our journey thus far, you may be able to tell that the name of our blog was inspired by the song Glorious Unfolding by Steven Curtis Chapman. And for the last year...God has revealed just that...HIS glorious unfolding for our family. This summer was one of epic proportions in our adoption process. We finally closed in on the FINAL task of our giant home study to-do list and we were incredibly eager to begin our physical home study. There seemed to be a LIGHT at the end of our {first} tunnel.
     But God. He had different plans. His story was only beginning...and so in August...He wrote a brand new chapter into our family's story. On August 4th, Eric and I found out that we were going to be expecting at the end of March. Expecting?! Even at 17 weeks and growing, I can't quite type this news without tearing up because this was a phase I thought we had said goodbye to in our lives. While I've got a whole post planned on the feelings that preceded and followed our YES on August 4th, I wanted to pop in and let you know that God has allowed HIS story to unfold in our lives. In March, we will welcome home baby #3 and shortly after, we will hopefully be able to match with our little one across the ocean in CHINA!
     China, you ask? Yes! Due to South Korea's strict birth order policy, we were going to have to put our adoption process on hold for quite a while. In fact, our agency AND South Korea require that there is a 12 month difference between our youngest biological child and our adopted child. Well if you remember from my earlier posts, you typically match with a child in the South Korea program at 6 months old...which means our agency would require us to wait until our March baby was 18 months old before we could begin our home study and match process. Waiting this long would mean there'd be another 18 months of waiting beyond that... Naturally, I just presumed I'd be 40 by the time this was all said and done. Ha! Ok, not really. BUT! I was truly wrestling with the idea of putting our international adoption on hold. I didn't believe that God would allow infertility to be a part of our story for such a long time if He wanted us to just stop. Again, I've got a post dedicated to this part of our story too...but in short, we're excited to move on with a different agency and a different country program...and bring home our little one from China.
     I can't wait to share with you all the details of how God is unfolding our story as a growing family. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for and supported us on this amazing journey. To God be the glory! Amen!