A few days ago, we received the call from our Bethany Christian Services case worker that a birth mom in Raleigh has chosen our family to adopt her baby girl ... and she's due before the end of the month!
The call came a week after Karyn and I had a painful discussion about the process, one that left us sincerely wondering if our season for adopting was over. Following that conversation, we both made a decision to entrust (yet again and still) the outcome to the Lord. That prayer had two parts to it. First, to renew our availability to Him and his purposes. And second, to communicate our willingness to let go of our dream if it really isn't his will for us.
Then the phone call came. "A young, African-American woman has looked through all of our profile books and has chosen your family. If you are still willing to adopt, then I believe this little girl is the one."
Karyn and I were practically speechless. Is this really happening? Is this call really different from all of the other calls we've received, all of the other children we were asked to consider only to have the birth mom or the agency choose another family? Should we let our hearts get excited again? Are we up for risking it one more time? Are our other children ready? Are we ready?
All of those questions -- with all of their accompanying doubts and fears -- faded away immediately as we returned to our original prayer: "Here we are, Lord, send us."
And so, here we are.
Here we are saying yes to this opportunity. Here we are saying yes to this next adventure of faith. Here we are saying yes to adding a brand new baby girl who will look nothing like the rest of us on the outside to our family. And here we are saying, "Yes, we most certainly need your help."
Therefore, would you prayerfully consider partnering with us to make our twenty-year prayer a reality? The nature of this process has kept us from asking for your help sooner; specifically, we haven't wanted to seek support for an adoption that we weren't sure was going to happen. As a result, time is of the essence, and we need to present Bethany Christian Services with a check for $21,500 the day we bring our sixth child and our third daughter home -- seven days after she is born.
Words cannot express what your investment will mean to Karyn, Quinn, Xander, Kayne, Kore, Kai, and me; to the incredibly courageous birth mom; and ultimately to the newest member of the Wallace Family. We do trust, however, that if you are still reading this story then you have a really good idea how grateful we are.
May the Lord bless you abundantly for your generosity and faithfulness. And may his kingdom come and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
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