It has officially been over a year since our lives were forever changed, and we began the journey of adoption with our placing agency, Lifeline. (Have we mentioned how great Iris and our team are?!! Seriously, the best!)
What a journey it has been!! As I (Kari) sit here and reflect on what God has done in the past year, my heart is BURSTING!!!-anyone who knows me well, knows this means right now I have tears and it is hard to take a full breath. We have seen God’s hand and His LOVE in abundance for us in such tangible ways-His PROVISION and His PURSUIT of us.
His PROVISION-God has brought in over $35,000 for our adoption in just.one.year! Again, so much more than we could have ever imagined. He is a God of creativity and miracles-We had no idea the ways He would provide for us to save and earn money (extra jobs, crafting, selling items, appliances/items being fixed for free, free vacations, bundling and changing insurance companies, and re-financing our home). Blessing us with the Show Hope and Lifesong grant. The amount of people He would use to bless us with their talents, service, and financial gifts is humbling and has taught us so much about generosity and sharing His love. It has been fun to go back and soak in all that He had for us in each of the Share the Love fundraisers:
His PURSUIT of Us-This year we have felt His pursuit of us in such a deep way. God has revealed Himself and poured out His love in new ways- challenging us, encouraging us, growing us and providing healing and freedom to our lives. (We are so thankful for the people, our adoption & couples groups, books, classes and conferences He has put in our path to help in this process too). This “picture” of a tree and its roots continues to be a theme He has for us. It symbolizes growth in our faith, marriage and relationships with our kids, family and friends; with our faith being strong and well rooted, bringing fruit wherever we are planted. I have even received gifts of this Oak tree from people, without me even telling them about this theme. Often during this adoption process, we have seen His pursuit of us in a similar way of our pursuit of our Ticos, and are also reminded of how we too have been adopted into His family. He longs for us to be in His family, the same way we long for our Ticos to be home.
Isaiah 61:1-3 (this is a verse He continues to show us)
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called OAKS of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor”.
We are grateful and trust God for all He is doing in this sacred waiting season-it truly is a time of purpose and perseverance. We are soaking in this time together in our marriage and our family of 5.
We would love for you to pray the following with us and for our Ticos:
HOPE in the waiting. This verse Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” is one we cling to.
PEACE in the unknown timeline, circumstances, and finances.
JOY in our Father’s love.
With much thanks and love,
♥The Lovely crew
PS. We are still waiting for a referral and the wait time is unknown. Meaning…we could get a call this week, or a year from now. Thanks for being so faithful on our journey with us.