Here is a brief summary of our journey, and I hope to provide future posts detailing how the Lord has led us to adopt:
Since October 2009, the discussion of international adoption became an increasingly frequent topic of conversation between us. We had no reason to believe that we could not have biological children, but witnessing the beauty of adoption firsthand at our church served as a consistent reminder of the millions of parentless children across the world. By October 2010, we were aware of the devastating lives of many children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and we prayerfully considered adopting 2 infants from the Congo. So the journey began...in October 2010, we applied to Adoption Assistance in order to begin our homestudies. Then, the Lord surprised us...
In December 2010, we discovered that I was pregnant! What a wonderful and unexpected blessing this has been! Baby Tennant is due in mid-August 2011. We still remain committed to our decision to adopt, and we are thrilled at the prospect of raising multiple children close in age. At this point we are preparing for the dossier, and we hope to be awaiting the referral of our child within months.
Seizing the opportunity to "defend the cause of the fatherless" and "plead the case for the orphan," (Isaiah 1:17), we are filled with praise.
Eager to send this adoption application off, here is Paul waving at our little one across the world!
And Casper had to join in on the excitement:
And we can't forget Emma Dog! She's already learning to be gentle as she prepares to meet her newest friends.
And here is our precious baby that God is knitting together. At just 12 weeks and 2 inches long, Baby Tennant is sucking his/her thumb. Looks like Baby Tennant is going to be right handed just like Mommy!