Monday, July 21, 2014

Exciting Family News!

This post has been a long time coming. Long time, as in over two years. After MUCH prayerful consideration, Bryan and I have begun the long process of adoption.

It started when Lilly was born. Not even an hour after her delivery, while still in the recovery room, friends began asking "are you done?". Even in that moment, I knew I wanted more children.

Our pastor preached this sermon on June 3rd, 2012. It was over two years ago, and it was in the middle of a series from my favorite book of the Bible. It was about true faith and pure and genuine religion. A faith that is real, cares for the orphans and widows in their distress. My "moment" was right at about the 35 minute mark in the sermon. I remember sitting backstage on the floor, cross legged, waiting for the end of the sermon, for the worship team to go onstage. Towards the end of the message, Glenn said "Adoption, adoption, adoption", and in that moment, I knew. Right then. I knew that message was just for me. And I knew that God had put it in my heart to adopt.

After months of prayer, I knew that message was not just for me, but for my whole family. While it had been on my heart, and on my mind for a year, it wasn't necessarily on the heart of my husband. I knew Bryan wasn't opposed to it, but that it also wasn't really pressing on his heart, like it was on mine. We had talked about it, in a kind of "what if" way, but I never wanted to push. I knew that if it was right for our family, if it were truly a desire from God, it would be unanimous. And I prayed that it would be led by my husband.

Last year, we went to an adoption seminar. After we got home, Bryan initiated a family meeting. We discussed adoption, and how that might affect our family. We asked the kids for their thoughts and feelings, and questions. Unanimously, we agreed that we would love to add a little boy to our family.

So at very long last, the time has come. We will be pursing a domestic adoption of a baby boy! Yay! It took us a while to finalize that decision, so now we are going after it "guns blazing" as Bryan says. We have talked and thought and prayed for over two years, and we're ready to go.

I LOVE how God speaks in our lives, and I love His timing. Over the past two years He has gently been working on our hearts, changing our desires, and making us more like Him. He has opened our eyes to see the needs of others that we might not have otherwise noticed, and called us to act on those needs.

If you would like to join us on this road, we would sure appreciate it. Right now the biggest support would be in the form of prayers for our journey.

-That God would be preparing our family for the challenges we'll face in this process.
-That we will walk in faith, even when the road is hard.
-That we will quickly and effectively get through our paperwork.
-That we would be joyful even as we face trials.
-That we will keep our eyes open to the lessons God is using to teach us, and that we would grow in maturity through those.
-That we will have realistic expectations.
-That we will be patient during this time of waiting.

I think that's a good place to start, although the prayers we are praying right now could go on and on and on. Thank you in advance for your support.


  1. We are with you in every aspect of this exciting adventure for our family. We will pray for you and the future little Buckman and for his mama who has such an important decision to make. How wonderful it will be to have another grandson!!!
    We love you and are so proud of you all!

  2. It's really happening! How exciting! Oh how i wish i could be there in FL to experiance it with you. I'm so excited for your family!