Tuesday, May 13, 2008

a big maybe

Right now we're in the waiting stage. We've known all along that there isn't anything concrete about this adoption process-nothing is predictable, nothing can be pre-planned. But today, waiting took on a new meaning when I received a call from our adoption agency letting us know about a baby.

Here's the short version: A perfect, healthy baby girl weighing in at 6 1/2 pounds with blondish hair and blue eyes was born on May 10th. The birth mom called Life Choices while she was in labor to let them know she wanted them to help her find a family for her baby.

This baby girl went home to a "cradle care" family on Monday, and she will remain there until her adopted parents bring her home. The birth mom will sign away her rights next Wednesday, and at that point she will be presented with the profiles (potentially 4). She will look through these and make her choice, and the little girl will go home with her family on May 31st.

I have thoughts running around everywhere when I think about this. I never anticipated knowing ahead of time that our profile was going to be given out, but special circumstances demanded we be told before the fact. Because of that, we are left with 8 or 9 days ahead of us knowing that it's possible that we will get a baby in the next three weeks. At first I was tempted to think we have a 25% chance of being chosen. But really, I don't think that's right at all. I think we either have a zero or 100% chance of getting the baby. She's either the one God has chosen for our family, or she is the baby that God has chosen for one of the three other families. We are no more deserving than anyone else. Rather than asking God to give us this baby, I'm asking that He give her to the family He has chosen. She is the answer to somebody's prayer-we just have to wait and see whose! I would love for you to join us in praying this week. Praying for the birth mother, for this little baby girl, and for the family who has been chosen for her already by Jesus.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news!!! We are adoptive parents too and know exactly what you mean about the child being destined by God for a particular family. Wouldn't it just be amazing though if God leads you to your forever child so quickly. I'm praying that way!

Amy in Pcola, FL

Laurie said...

Angie,

I will be praying for everything about this sweet baby girl and the family God has already chosen in His perfect plan and for her birth mother. Praying for you and Nathan to have complete peace about this and get the nursery ready for whatever blessing comes your way. And we know it is just a matter of time until your baby is in your arms. Love you guys and praying non stop.

Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.

The Sanchez Family said...

I will be praying here in KY for this sweet baby and for your family too

Emily said...

Amazing! The way you remain so gracefully yielded to God is absolutely beautiful. He will not disappoint. :)

Kenzie said...

Angie-

That is so absolutely exciting... and your request for prayer is perfect, amazing, and so difficult. I can't imagine the anticipation as you await which family is chosen by this mother. I will pray, just as you have asked, that she go to whatever family the Lord has specifically picked out for her. Oh, I will be praying!

Love you and excited for the possibilites that lie ahead... in a few weeks or whenever the Lord ordains.

Kenzie

JennyB said...

Angie,
This is very exciting to see God's hand moving through this. We are praying for you all during this time of waiting.
JenB

Cathy said...

Angie,
Praying that whatever God's will, it will be done. That you will have peace surround the circumstances of the birth. God has a way of protecting these little one and know that we are keeping your family and the birthfamily in our prayers. Keep us posted. Cathy & Annabel

L&DRNKY said...

Keeping you in my prayers

Adam & Amy Wilson said...

I'll be praying, Angie. So excited for what the Lord will do.

Rebecca said...

I'll be praying, Angie.

ajc4ever said...

I'll definitely pray for everyone! God Bless you.

Angela

Emily said...

Wow Angie! What exciting news! I will be praying that the Lord leads the hearts of all involved and that he will give each person peace as decisions are made. Love ya!

Emily Duncan

Anonymous said...

Angie - WOW! I will be praying for you as you wait and for this precious little one. Especially the birth mother as she makes the hardest decision of her life. The love she has for her little girl that she wants her to have the life she is not able to give her at this time. I will lift this up and can't wait to hear what happens. Livona

Brandi said...

Oh, Angie, this is very exciting news. I will be praying for all of you!! I love what you said about her being an answer to one of the four couples' prayers. You have such a good attitude and perspective about--well, everything! Love you!

Emily said...

I know you don't need "luck" but I am praying for you as you wait. I hope that everything goes just the way God has ordained. This is just another picture to me of how special your family is. That you have the attitude that if this is your baby she will be the one that comes to you & if not there is a sweet little blessing out there for you. So, Good luck & I will be anxious to hear and I will be praying for peace & patience!!
Emily

Melody said...

I am definitely praying for you and your family during this waiting period. I'm praying for the little girl who is about to belong to a family who loves her...whichever family that might be.

((Hugs)) while you wait!

les said...

yey!!!!!!! we are praying incessantly!

boltefamily said...

Please know that I will be praying along side of you this week for that sweet baby and for all of the families involved.

Love,
Kristy

Karen said...

Angie,

You have such an amazing prspective. One filled with Truth and trust and faith and joy and hopefulness and purity and strength. I could go on, but it is naptime and I don't have the hours necessary to descibe all the virtues you have wrapped up.

I will be praying for His will and for your desires!
Karen

lindsey kate said...

How selfless of you to see things this way and to be more concerned about this precious child being placed in the family of God's choosing rather than pray selfishly that it would be your family.

I will join you in praying that God's perfect will would be done ... and that if this is not the baby for you that He would be at work preparing that new life and preparing your hearts to receive him or her.

Thanks for continuing your updates ... I always look forward to reading what God is doing in your family!

Sallie said...

You are so right about this little girl either being 0% or 100% likely to join your family. As adoptive parents we felt the same way each time a new situation arose. I'm praying for God's guidance for the birth mother and for his strength for you as you wait.

Sallie in NC

Just Me said...

Keeping you in my prayers, along with this mother, the baby, and the other families. Thank you for allowing all of us to pray for you during this time and letting us know what the situation is.

God bless,
Amanda

Katrina said...

I am praying that if this is the baby that God has planned for you guys to adopt, that everything will work out smoothly. I pray that God will give you peace and patience this week!
God Bless!

Amy@Life Breaths Photography said...

Oh Angie! What glorious news. Praying God will decide to just show off a bit whatever that may be.

Kristen said...

Well, this is the first time I've commented on your blog, but I feel as though I know you well. I have been praying for you and your family and am excited about your call! (our two children are adopted) Thank you for allowing your life to be a vessel for Him. Thanks for the transparency!
~Kristen in Arizona

beccad said...

Angie I'm so excited for you and Nathan at the possibility of bringing home a new baby. I will be praying for ya'll over the next few weeks. May God continue to bless you and your family even if this little one is not the child has chosen for you.

TNS said...

We will surely pray. Your story has helped so many, it is something we can do for you. thank you.

Two blessings from above said...

Your family, the birth mother, and this baby girl are in my prayers. Praying that this baby girl is placed in the family/home that Jesus feels is right for all.

Candi said...

I will be praying for everyone involved. Please let us know as soon as you can. I am so inspired by your attitude and patience. I don't think I would be as gracious.

Kim (marygracesummons.blogspot.com) said...

Dear Angie,
I will be praying - exactly how you asked. I know God is perfect and the family he chooses for this sweet girl will be perfect!
Thank you also for your post on Mother's Day. You are a blessing!
Wtih love,
Kim

Josh_and_Lee said...

wow! just now see your latest post. we will be praying as you await the unfolding.

Anonymous said...

God is using your family in such a mighty way. we will be praying for you all and the birthmother as well. As God carries you Heart and keeps things in his will.

Jennifer said...

Hi. I just happened to stumble across your blog. I will be praying for you and your family. We are also adoptive parents. od has your perfect child out there.

Jenny said...

Praying for you guys, Angie. What a blessing this new life is!!!

Nathan and Emily said...

That is great news and we will keep your family and this baby in our prayers. May God bless your family.

TNKerry said...

Many many prayers for you and your family.

Jill @ Live Laugh Blog said...

I just came across your blog and I've read so much about your precious daughter, Poppy. While I'm listening to my husband and daughter take a nap on the monitor, I'm reminded how precious these little ones are.

I just want to thank you for sharing your story with others and allowing us to follow your journey that is now leading you into adoption.

May God bless the growing of your family

Laurie said...

Hi Angie and Nathan,

Just stopping by this Monday morning to let you know I am praying for all that will be revealed here soon concerning this baby girl who waits for a new and forever family. Asking God's peace to be all over you three as you wait. I love you guys.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

Jen in Al said...

Angie, Wow, that is amazing!!!!! Your heart is so precious and i will be praying for His perfect will for this baby and the family He has chosen for her! thank you for sharing this special request. praying,,, jen in al