Our road to adoption hasn't been a clear, straight path. Early in our engagement, Rob and I were convicted that adoption should play a role in our family. We were surprised and blessed to get pregnant right away, and our fertility has played a large role in the ups and downs of our adoption journey.
We weren't eligible for international adoption because our pregnancies have all been close together, and now we cannot realistically afford it. A sibling group of children was placed with a different family after the agency learned that we (their first choice for the children) were expecting another baby. We stopped our training with an adoption agency three years later after learning about our unplanned fourth blessing. And our quick move and job change out of county closed the door on our fourth attempt at adoption.
The Lord is faithful and He has a plan that it bigger than our own. Four boys, seminary training, several moves, a new ministry that we are settling into, and 7 1/2 years of marriage have changed us. It is growing us and making us better equipped for the adoption challenge.
I've been reluctant to announce that we are trying again because all of our past attempts have not resulted in an adoption placement.
Since we are going through the state, we will be required to "foster" the children in our home for six months before an adoption hearing can be scheduled. But, Lord willing, there will be another precious child or two in the Broussard family next year!
Please keep our family in your prayers as we continue to prepare. There are a few more steps that need to be taken before our license can be issued. Additionally, pray as we prepare our hearts and our children for the addition of other kiddos.
The older ones are very excited and keep asking if we have found any kids that need a family yet. They also have decided that they want a sister since they "already have plenty of brothers." We'll see what the Lord has in store on that front. :)
Pray also for the children that we will bring into our family. By the time they change goals from reunification with their birth families to an adoption placement with a forever family, their young, tender hearts have likely endured abuse, neglect, counseling or therapies, and being shifted into various foster families as needed. These children need healing, safety, unconditional love, and to rebuild their childhood.
It's an awesome undertaking, but we feel equipped to invest in these children and are willing to walk alongside them in their own journeys.
I know that I will have a fuller understanding of what my adoption into the family of Christ means as a result of this. I pray that the children that come into our life will begin to feel God's immense love and compassion for them as well!
Thanks for walking with us and encouraging us all along the way!