Friday, October 2, 2009

Faithful Fridays - "Walking Through Opened Doors"

Well Joy beat me to this news already on her blog....but I have exciting news to share! Actually, our entire family is very excited.



After much thought, prayer, and discussion, we have decided to pursue adding to our family by adopting again. There are so many unknowns to us since it has been so many years since we adopted.....twenty to be exact. So many things have changed, included costs involved. For that reason, among others, this will definitely be a leap of faith for us. We will most definitely be trusting God to open doors for us if this is His will. Remember the Bible verse about faith and the mustard seed and the moving mountains? Well I'm sure there will be lots of mountains that will need to be moved along the way. :)



I even hesitated to mention this (at least for awhile) because of all the uncertainities, but then I felt like it was something I should share, no matter what happens. If this is to be, you will share right along with me those opened doors and know that it definitely is a "God thing". :) And by that, I mean comes to be only by God's will and answers to prayers. And if it is not to be, then maybe you could just share our disappointment. The main thing is that we are trusting God on this thing, whatever comes our way.

Because of our ages, the length of time that it is currently taking on international adoptions through China, and the fact that we could love a "special" child, we have decided to go through the waiting children program of China, which means we will be accepting a special needs child, which can mean many things. We are currently researching various medical conditions that we could and would be able to accept within our family. Alot of these children that are available for adoption have correctable medical conditions which I would consider minor special needs...things like cleft lip/palate, minor heart conditions, etc.....things that some people would pass over if they were looking for a healthy child. We are thinking in terms of adopting a child that is about 2-3 years old when they arrive home to us (boy or girl). Just to think that a child waits to be part of our forever family wells up so many emotions inside me because I know how God works all of that out! He can arrange for our child to be thousands of miles away....we just have to bring them home.



Again, we are just in the beginning stages, but I would covet your prayers that we have wisdom and that God would open doors and provide in every way if this be His will.

Whew...having said that in this post is such a relief. I've had so many emotions this week! And you have no idea how excited Joy is....she has wanted a brother or sister from China since she was very little and planned this whole thing for many years. Never underestimate the faith of a child!

By the way, if you have something to share for Faithful Fridays, please go over to Joy's blog, Doodlebug, and let her know in a comment, so we can all stop by!

Blessings to you all and thank you for stopping by and for all the sweet comments that you leave!

~ Tammy ~

34 comments:

Parsley said...

Wow that is such exciting news! I will pray with you that God will direct. A special needs child...that's quite a responsibility but I know God directs hearts and will give you all you'll need to accomplish His purpose.

At Home With Amy said...

May the Lord have his way in this Tammy. I'm not sure my husband and I could do something like this. God puts special people in this world and I believe you and Jason are definitely two of them.
Lots of Love & Prayers,
AMY

Janene said...

Tammy~You, your husband and your children are so very special.
What a wonderful family you have to share with someone special.
I pray that all goes smoothly.
Have a great weekend!

In His service, Anne said...

That is great Tammy!!! Prayers will be with you...What a wonderful blessing!

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

This is sooooooooo wonderful!
You are special people Tammy...your entire family...any child would be so blessed to be a part of your family and the circle of love within! GOD will see that it happens....I hope everything works out in a timely manner for you...
just remember everything happens in HIS time, so don't get discouraged (I tend to forget that myself, at times)
(((((((hugs))))))

Sharon said...

Prayers for you and your family.
You and yours are a very special family.
God's will be done.!!
Have a blessed weekend.

Mandy in Mayberry said...

Oh, Tammy I just gasped when I read this. I'm so excited for you all!

I know it will be a long and emotional process, but God will equip you with all that you need!

I'll keep you in my prayers!

Nancy M. said...

I think it's awesome! My cousin just received her letter of approval to adopt her second daughter from China. It is a very long process, but so worth it in the end. Their first daughter was around 2 when they got her, she wasn't really special needs, but she had a birthmark that covered half her face. She has had several plastic surgeries to minimize it. The girl they are adopting now is 12 and so beautiful. I wish you all the luck in the world! I'll be praying for y'all!

basketsnprims said...

What special people you are, Tammy and your attitude is perfect. Whatever is God's will will happen. I will keep this matter in my prayers. Have a great weekend.
Pam

lisa said...

(((HUGS))) In wanting to adopt a special needs child...My parents adopted my brother and I...We were both special needs children..I with a heart problem and my brother with a cleft lip/ palate..I had open heart surgery when I was 10, I still have a whole in my heart.. and my brother had many surgeries to correct his lip and palate...My brother and I had a wonderful life with our parents..I will be praying for you and that it moves quickly...God is in control...You made my day..Lisa

Sherri/Here Goes My Life said...

Hi Tammy, I don't know if you have resources of people that have adopted from China, which I am sure you do,but my BIL and SIL have adopted a lil girl from CHina. If you go to my blog and under My blogs of interest and read timeforella blogspot you can read there story. She is so adorable and precious. I will def say some prayers for you and your family. May God bless you and your family with this precious gift.Sherri

mommynoodles said...

Awww,I will def.say a prayer for you and your family! This is something I always wanted to do as well.And special needs children hold a special place in my heart ever since I worked w/ them! Love them!! "GOD" has this all under control!!Many "BLESSINGS"!!
Natalie,

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

How wonderful. All children need love and they will definitely have it in your home. There is a song "God Will Make A Way When There Seems To Be No Way". I just know in my heart you will get your child.

You and your husband are very special people and have so much love to give

Love & Prayers
Maxine

Anonymous said...

Tammy
What a special family your all are. I already congratulated Joy when she posted. I have added your family to my prayer journal. I can't wait for God to "move those mountains". It's always so inspiring to see Him move.

Blessings,
Rhonda

Anonymous said...

Tammy, you and Jason would make such wonderful parents for this "special" child!! God hears all of your prayers, and he knows both of your hearts... What a wonderful blessing this would be for the special child and for all of your family..

I will keep you and Jason and family in my prayers..

Love & Blessings,
~Lynn/OKC

arkie said...

Wow! How great! May God bless your family!

Blessed Beyond said...

Oh Tammy!!! I am so excited and happy for your family! I pray that God open all the doors and bring your child home much sooner than you would expect! What a true blessings! And I so love how you said not to underestimate a Child's faith! What a awesome testiment to you and your kids, that Joy has always wanted to adopt another sibling! That is wonderful to hear! Elissa kept telling us she was getting a baby for us before we ever knew Lil Kaylee was to be.
Hugs and Blessings,

Carmen C. said...

Tammy, that is wonderful, exciting news! I think your family would be the PERFECT one to adopt, good luck with everything:)

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh my goodness- that is so wonderful Tammy! I hope and pray everything will work out!

Claudia said...

I will be praying for you and your family. God is wonderful and faithful, only He can move mountains for us.

Wendi said...

Tammy,

I am so excited that you have made the decision to go forward with this. I have been praying for you since we first "talked" about the possibility of you adding to your family.

I will certainly be there to cheer for you along this journey. I have been there and understand what an emotional rollercoaster this can be.

Yeah!! I am so happy for all of you!

Elle Bee said...

TAMMY!!! This is such wonderful news! It even brings tears to my eyes! Right now there is a child somewhere in China who is praying you will find him or her. Soon you will, and what a blessing that will be for all!
I saw this on Joy's blog a few days ago, and knew you'd post about it in your own time.
Hooray for growing families!!
Blessings on you & this awesome journey you are embarking on.
Love, Elle

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What an awesome thing! I hope and pray the Lord will have just the right child waiting for you!!

Lindsey said...

Congrats!!!!! I cant believe I didnt know about it! I have a blog now too so please check it out its nowhere near as good as yours but I am learning!! Im so happy for you guys love you!

Lindsey said...

Oh my blog is lindseywhiteaker.blogspot.com

Karen said...

This is very exciting, Tammy. I'm looking forward to hearing about how this process is done. I will be keeping you guys in my prayers. Hugs~ Karen

Marcia said...

Tammy this is great news. I'll be praying for you. A friend of ours adopted a child from China a few years ago. She was said to have spina bifida (sp?) and shouldn't even be walking. She is about 5 now and has been running since she could walk (at about 1 year) with no sign of problems although she is still said to have the disease. God will work out all the details, what wonderful hearts your family has!
Blessings,
Marcia

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...

Mommy to be of three...

That's what I'm going to have to start calling you! :) I hope it goes quickly and that we will be here for recital. We need to pray about the whole thing! I'm so excited!

8! Love you!
Love, Joy =D

Michele said...

Oh Tammy ~ what wonderful news! I'm so excited for you and the whole family! I will definitely be praying that some little child will be lucky enough to come and live with you.

Big hugs,
Michele

Raggedy Angel said...

Tammy, Any child would be so blessed to have you as a mother!
I see you finally got your room spray after the post office took it on a wild ride. (i hope you saw that with the tracking number) Beth

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Oh Tammy what wonderful news. That child will be so lucky to join your forever family.

Mary

Cathy Cobblestone said...

Oh my Tammy - how exciting. May God give you the wisdom, strength and courage you need as you begin your adoption journey. I admire you and your family for your loving decision - whatever happens - God is in control and He will bless you. Prayers and best wishes, Cathy

Shelley said...

Such wonderful and exciting news Tammy! Your family has a big heart and this child will be very lucky! Blessings to all of you!!

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Tammy, I am so happy for you and your family, not to mention the new child. How wonderful for all of you!
Sending you prayers for everything to go smoothly for this adoption.
God bless you all!