We've finally handed in the last of the paperwork (for now) and we are currently waiting on a phone call from the state. We've taken the classes, had the physicals, had 3 different people look at our home and now we just wait for the last, state walk-through. Then we are ready to have children come into our home.
We are going to be licensed foster parents. We hope to adopt. I have always loved the thought of adoption. I think around the first time that I heard the analogy of Jesus adopting me into His family, and it stuck with me, just how adoption must be a true part of living like Jesus; I have wanted to adopt one day.
My one day looked a lot different than Jesus' one day. In my mind, we would have 2-3 or even more of our own children. They would be older and we would be anywhere from 5-10 years from where we are now. BUT, God sped up that plan. Sometimes I'm still scared out of my mind about what it will be like to take "strangers" into my home. But then the other times, I can't wait to have other little smiling faces around our table and playmates for our little Pumpkin! There will be ups and there will be downs, just like with our biological son and just like we have in our relationship with Jesus. But just as we will always be a part of the family of God, the child/children will always be a part of our family.
If you have ever thought about fostering or adopting, I challenge you to look into it. There is quite the process to go through, but being where we are now, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be going in. There are a lot of children out there that need positive role models and good families in their lives.