Avery Faith Ha-rin
5 months old
5 months old
So you may be wondering how on earth we received this referral so quickly? Well, in short, God. Here’s how it went: Mark and I have long been discussing a second adoption. We both felt led to adopt two children. We knew this before we even brought Addison home. We toyed with the idea of adopting form foster care, and over time felt drawn to go back to Korea. So we did. I prayed Saturday, April 2 that God wouldn’t make us wait like last time. As you probably remember, it took two years to complete Addison’s adoption. It was horrible. I begged God to not make us wait…shamelessly begged. I did tell God that I would wait if that was His plan, and I would wait better, and bring Him glory, but in my heart I really didn’t want to. Sunday, April 3rd we sent in our on-line application to the Waiting Child Program (WCP) at Holt. (Waiting child just means the children have some medical condition, minor-major depending on what you’re open to) We were so excited. We then called Holt Tuesday, April 5th to chat about timelines etc… What we were told was VERY discouraging. We were told they weren’t seeing very many girls, and based on our medical checklist, we would at least wait a year or more…and many never be matched. We were upset and felt like that door had just slammed shut in our face. We just “sat on” that information, trying to figure out which way to turn; back to foster care, no adoption at all
…and the Thursday I received an email from the WCP asking if we would look at the file of a baby girl that matched our profile!!! I was stunned!! Actually, I think that is a understatement. Mark was shocked, and completely “freaking out!” We reviewed the file, showed it to two doctors and after much discussion and prayer, we accepted the match!
What’s even more beautiful than this God-given surprise, is that Drew had been praying and had even fasted about our adoption. Guess what his prayer was? –that we wouldn’t have to wait. Now, God didn’t owe us a quick adoption. We don’t’ deserve his graciousness and excessive blessings, but I’m thrilled to be the recipient of them and I just can’t do anything but worship Him, because He knows my name, has saved my soul, and has been abundantly good to us. “Apart from Him I have no good thing.” -Psalm 16:2