We are adopting Ava and Zoey in response to God's call to take care of the orphans and widows. The Lord has worked on our hearts for several years. One major hangup for our family in taking this step of obedience was that Ryan is in the military, and has been deployed several times. He has missed so much of our boys lives, to include the birth of Riley (they met when Riley was 5 months old.) But God's call was unavoidable! We started our journey and have fallen in love with these two precious little girls. We were told that the process would take 12-18 months. We were excited that this timing would work perfectly... we would have enough time to get through the home study and majority of paperwork, and then do much of the waiting while Ryan was deployed. As it turns out, our fear is being realized. On September 1st, Ryan will deploy to the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. He will be deployed until June 1st, 2013. He will not be able to come home, and he will meet the girls about 5 months after they have come home.
We were asked if we wanted to delay the process, but when we received Ava and Zoey's medical reports, we found out that Ava has malaria and a very large hernia. We realized that God's timing is perfect... though not perfectly the way we would have planned... we know that His ways are higher than our own. We have been overwhelmed by how he has provided, how all of the details have come together and how He works His will to place the lonely in families. We don't expect this journey to be easy, on the contrary, we expect it to be extremely difficult, but we trust His Word. We know that His yoke is easy and His burden is light, and as long as we are leaning on Him our paths will be made straight.
We feel honored that God has seen us fit to be Ava and Zoey's parents.
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