I cannot believe that it has been ONE year since we decided to adopt from Ethiopia. Last year on this day, I was a wreck!!! I cried all day because I just knew God had opened my heart to adoption AND opened my heart to ANY child and plan that He had for us....not just the plan that I THOUGHT I wanted. On this day, Russ picked me up to drive to Okolona for a Ghana mission meeting. It was on that ride that I start crying and telling him that I am ready and OPEN for the child God has for us. We decided that we did want a multi-racial family and that was part of the plan. We debated between a domestic (US) adoption or an Ethiopian adoption.
It was at this point that I think we could have gone either way and I think either way would have been great!!! But, I had been reading many Ethiopian blogs and even read the book "There is no me without you." (which I highly recommend!!!!). It was like the blur of the past year finally made sense. The fact that I had thrown away an Ethiopian adoption packet the year before...because we were "not doing that" made this decision even better. My heart had been closed off because of fear. Fear of the process, what being a multi-racial family would look like, how our family and friends would react, etc. But, on this day, all of those things didn't seem to matter. I finally knew what my heart wanted...and it wanted WHATEVER child GOd had for us to parent. AH, the freedom I felt on that day!!!
We chose Ethiopia and in Russ' words "there was no turning back." Many questioned why not the United States and truthfully, I feel like we will probably adopt from the US at some point. All I can say is that I believe this little girl from Ethiopia was planned long before time to be OUR little girl. God does not just see the US when He views the world and He calls for us to care for others in our neighborhoods, cities, states, country, and even the world.
We went that night and prayed with some close friends of ours. Having knew that we wanted a girl and that we would name her Lucy...it was that night that I found Lucy Lane's coming home video. What perfect timing. I had never seen her blog and how "convenient" for me to see it right after we had made the decision when I was freaking out a little.
We have been on the waitlist for almost 7 months. She was so real to us last August but even more so today.
During this period of waiting, know that you are loved. Your daddy and I cannot wait until the day that we get to see your little face. While on paper, the decision was only made one year ago....you have been in our hearts for many years. While waiting is hard...I trust in God's timing and plan. I hope you feel so loved today....by us but ultimately by our great Father.