Monday, April 7, 2008

Got Some 'Splaining To Do!

I feel the need to explain my last post. I forget that some of you who read my blog don't know my family history.

About 3 years ago, I was a happy mom with 3 beautiful children when a very good friend of mine decided to start doing foster care. I shuddered at the thought of it. I was happy for her, as I knew she longed to have more children, but there was NO WAY fostering/adopting was something I would be interested in. I have learned to NEVER say 'NO WAY' when you are a follower of Christ.

My girlfriend took in a 13 year old girl named Amber. Amber and my eldest daughter, Sam, became pretty good friends and started spending quite a bit of time together. My girlfriend, Lori, had planned to adopt Amber and I was thrilled...thinking how cool that Sam would have such a great friend be a part of her life permanently. After a few months, Lori began to feel that adopting a teenager was not God's plan for them and that they wanted to have more biological children. By then, I was already way attached to Amber and could not stand the thought of her going to another family. Before I even knew what was happening, my mouth began to utter the words....I WANT HER! After a year of fostering her we finalized the adoption in November 2006.

When I speak of wanting a 'baby' or other children....I am speaking of adoption. I believe it is something God has been revealing to me for the past couple of years. I am eager to share more with you, but I think I will wait until tomorrow as this post is long enough:)

10 comments:

Lori said...

Oh, how cool is this? Maybe we will be "pregnant" together?!?! I am so excited for you! It amazes me how God works one strand at a time! Praise be to God!

Tanya said...

I know God does not lay things on our heart and then close the door. I am so excitted that you feel lead to adopt a small child that needs a loving home. God bless you and I will pray for your family. Love Tanya

Susan said...

I loved this post because it let us see a part of you that a lot of us don't know about. It shows us all how God orchestrates everything in our life if we just let him. I think the story about Amber is awesome and you listened when God prompted you. I don't even know if this makes any sense but I know what I am trying to say.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Heather - thank you for this post. It tells a wonderful story of someone who wants to serve Jesus. Mama and I were very active in foster care from 1965 thru 1980 - 32 children, all boys!

CDCVersion said...

Thanks, Heather, for reading my mind. I don't know you at all...am just a newcomer to blogging (thank you for taking the Israel Journey with me), and I didn't know what to comment when I read your last blog about wanting a baby. I do hope you share more about your life and who you are and where you are at in life for those of us just coming on board. I'm not sure about blogging etiquette...how "personal" to get. I didn't see an email listed for you, or I might have emailed and asked some questions....I am a questions kind of person. But I will wait and see what I learn as I keep reading your blogs.

Anonymous said...

I love you my wonderful daughter and have seen all the love you have to give a child the last several months as babies are all around us. My arms also long for a small child, there is still much love to give a child in this old women. I Love You to the Moon, Mom

Heather said...

Why do you insist on making me cry, Mother????? ;)

I love you and am very aware of how much love you have inside of you. Where do you think I get it?

To the moon and back....

Feathering My Nest said...

What a wonderful loving story. I'm so glad to know this part of your life.

My only concern would be the difficulty of raising more children without a dad. I have a lot of stress when my husband goes on business trips and I have to do it all alone. If you don't feel that stress and are managing just great then I should not have concern.

It is wonderful that you gave a loving home to a sweet girl who had not much hope for a home. God bless you. Kathi

melmac said...

I'm loving all your commets on our blogs Heather. Myriam said "awwww". We will definitely rearch your fam in Austria. I do believe I'm hooked. Love you!

Robin said...

How neat, beautiful, incredible about your adoption of Amber! Wow!