Monday, February 27, 2012

A Good Story Continued

During one of my dark times, I was praying and very matter-of-fact like said, Lord. At least give me a good story.

My phone rang around 1pm, today. The conversation started like this, "Rebekah, it's [our adoption caseworker]. Are you ready to bring another little boy into your home?"

Pause.

I think I know what she's saying, but I've learned not to assume.

You guys were chosen. You're Little Boy's family!

The questions, tears, and excitement flew out of my mouth faster than they made sense. I was a ball of crazy energy, trying to listen, dream, and think - all at the same time.  In the middle of the conversation, I happened to look down and noticed the date.

It's the 27th.

I was never a symbolic number girl, but....remember Ty's story? The 27th was an important milestone in our domestic adoption journey because it marked the first day we turned in our application (4/27), the day we were officially dropped in the waiting pool (8/27), and the nine-months-to-the-date day we got the call from Rebekah (1/27).

It's more than a number. It's the day God has chosen, thus far, to radically change our lives.

I am going to be abnormally guarded in the information I share for right now, until the adoption is final, but I have to type a few details, so that we can share in God's goodness together!

Little Boy is 2 1/2 years old (two months younger than Ty) and has lived his entire life in the foster care system. Due to no fault of his own, he has been in 6 foster homes (two of which he was removed from by CPS) and had two disrupted adoptions. His current foster family was considering adoption, but notified the court on Friday that their final answer is no.

The family that adopted two of Little Boy's siblings never responded to the court's inquiries.

I have no idea if we were the only family that submitted their assessment to the state or not, I only know that I have been praying for this kid since November and, selfishly, begging God for him once I got wind of the situation two weeks ago.

There are many things I hate about the way this Little Boy has been forced to survive, but I love the words of Chris Tomlin:
He will wipe away your tears and return the wasted years
This is our God
A father to the orphan, a healer to the broken
This is our God
God will heal the brokenness...through the perfect fitting family he's created us to be.

It is not a mistake that God created Ty with an inborn sensitivity for tenderness.
Little Boy needs it.
It is not a mistake that God called Ben and I to adoption through foster care. 
Little Boy needs us.

It is not a mistake that God used me in constructing a start-up agency early last year, where relationships were forged.

It is not a mistake that God closed the door of application to every agency in Michigan.

It is not a mistake that God granted favor via one of the above mentioned forged relationships to get special permission from her supervisor to complete a home study for us on her own time.

It is not a mistake that God led me to the state site when he did to realize that Little Boy was still in the system after I had been led to believe that a family had been found.

It is not a mistake that our license to foster was mailed by the state last week and received today.

Little Boy's placement within our family is not a mistake.

Because we have an approved assessment for adoption -
Because we have an approved license for foster care -
Because we have eager, willing hearts -

Little Boy will be coming home soon. Very, very soon.

46 comments:

  1. WOW, just...wow. This is awesome!! Much better news than I anticipated hearing today. I am so very happy for all of you, I know this is the beginning of something really awesome for your little family of FOUR! Congrats, friend!!

    Melba

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  2. How exciting! I LOVE your heart for adoption and foster care..I share that same heart. Praise God for your new son!

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  3. What awesome news! I am super happy for your family!

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  4. That is just amazing! I can't wait to hear more details about him. You guys will be amazing parents for him.

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  5. This is such a dream come true. I'm just in awe. God is so so good!!!!! I love u all so much!

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  6. I believe in numbers....our oldest son Silas was born 7 years to the day of when my husband and I had accepted Christ as our Savior....what a testimony God gives us when we follow his plan. Adoption is so awesome and prayers are that Little Boy will transition into you home with a trusting and calm heart.

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  7. WHEEEEEEEEEEWWWWW HEWWWWWW!! Praising our God!!

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  8. So so excited for you! Im praying for you all!

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  9. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Very happy for you and your new little boy.

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  11. It is so much more than a "good" story. It is an EXTRAORDINARY story. God has moved the mountains again to bring another little boy into you home. I love that the Lord is concerned with the small details in our lives. Reading Chris Tomlin's words, I was brought back to a time when I was praying those exact words over you. That was many years ago. I love that I am seeing the power of our God walked out in your family today. Congrats!

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  12. Takes me back to my own story with my precious boy! I'm so happy for you!!

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  13. So So So exciting!! I'm thrilled at the work God has done in your lives, and the life of this little boy!

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  14. I agree with Meeghan that your story is God's Extraordinary story that He has worked out all of the details in not just your life, but in Ty's, Ben's and Little Boy's lives as well as any other children that come into your life! God Bless Each and Every One of you!

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  15. Rebekah, this is such wonderful news. I'm so happy for your and your family. It's amazing to see how God works in the lives of His beloved children, and the crazy part is how he does this in ways that we would have never imagined. I truly admire you, your faith and trust in God. I know I've said this before, but you're such an inspiration and role model. Congratulations on such great news! Karen

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  16. Congratulations! What a fantastic story! I can't wait to hear about Ty and his big brother adventures! I'm sure he will do a great job! What a special day for your family and I am so happy that Little Boy gets to be a part of such love. Thank you for sharing the news with us!

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  17. Absolutely perfect. God just knows, huh? HUGE CONGRATS to your new family of FOUR. Your story and stirred our hearts towards Fost/Adopt. Can't wait to hear of all your new adventures!!!

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  18. YAY!!!!! I can't wait to hear more! I am so very happy for your family and for Little Boy...I work with little boys and girls like him every day, who just need a home. We sit in our offices and DREAM of families like yours for the children we serve. THANK YOU! And CONGRATS!!!!

    On a side note, you are going to be very, very busy, lol! Mine are 6 months apart and it is quite the job - you tell me how it goes with 2 year olds so I will know what to expect, lol!

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  19. I'm so happy for you and your family! I follow your blog, checking every day for an update. I've been praying for you, and for Little Boy. Can't wait to watch his story unfold as he becomes part of your family. Congrats, hon.

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  20. having two boys the same age.... wow!! Talk about having twins!!! so fantastic!!! just so freakin fantastic!!!!

    cindie
    http://thismammasheart.wordpress.com

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  21. That's really great news for you guys! I was hoping that he would find his way to you!! Very very happy for you -- enjoy celebrating!

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  22. Welcome to the family, little boy! :)

    Our second child, who just came home from foster care, is 6 months younger than our first and it really works out FABULOUSLY!

    Congratulations!

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  23. YAY!!!! That doesn't quite begin to describe it, but I am so happy for you! God's stories are so amazing when you're looking back on them! Prayers coming your way.

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  24. As an adoptive mother for 3 cps children, this news makes my heart sing!!!!

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  25. How exciting for all 4 of you!!! Will be praying for a smooth transition for Little Boy, Big Brother, Mom and Dad!

    Kim M

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  26. I am so so so excited for you all!!! TWO sweet little boys now...what a blessing!

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  27. Congratulations!!! So happy for you guys and most of all SO happy for that precious little boy who is about to know real, unconditional, pure love in a wonderful way. Can't wait to hear more updates as they progress and sending thoughts and love to your family and hope that the transition is a smooth one for everyone!

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  28. So exciting!! Now I have to go back and read all the details! Praise God!

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  29. Oh my goodness I just started crying for you in my office! So happy for you all!!

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  30. Yay! Your home is going to be so full of toddler excitement! I am so happy for you.

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  31. I just got the goosebumps and cried tears of joy for you and your new addition. I'm so happy you get to bring him home SOON! Can't wait to hear all about him and the dynamics in your family in the future. He was meant to be in your family and God brought him to you! Sooo very happy for all of you, but especially for him. He no longer has to be shifted from home to home. How amazing that Ty will have a brother... a playmate for life!!!

    God is good!

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  32. I'm so excited and happy for you!!! There's almost no one that I'd be happier to hear it from - you are wonderful, and I'm so happy to hear it.

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  33. This is such good news, for Little Boy and for your family! A family of four! How wonderful.

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  34. I am in tears reading this!!! So incredibly happy for you and your new son!

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  35. Congratulations!!! How exciting for you and your family and how special for Little Boy to have found his forever family! Praying for you as you embark on your journey as a mommy to TWO amazing little guys!

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  36. So excited for you guys and the journey God has you - and little boy - on!

    Lisa in San Diego

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  37. Congratulations! God's perfect plan and His perfect timing. So happy for your family! Can't wait to follow the rest of your good story.

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  38. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!

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  39. It's always amazing to look at all the small details that bring our families together.

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