I am increasingly amazed by those who are able to consistently maintain blogs. The challenge of finding enough material to write about is nothing to scoff at. Many a blog begin with good intentions, only to fall victim to the triple-threats of busyness, laziness, and the deadly “nothing interesting to say.” Look no further than here for an example.
Our China adoption is still about two more years away. (The reasons for the dramatic slowdown in China adoptions, even in comparison to a year ago, will have to wait for another posting.) Finding stuff to talk about regarding adoption hasn’t been hard. Finding the motivation to write about those things, with the “finish line” still so far away, has been the challenge.
God, however, has a way of springing surprises upon us. Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” And, so we’re back on the blogging bandwagon, determined again to record the ups and downs, joys and sorrows of this wonderful, awe-inspiring endeavor that is adoption.
The reason for our renewed vigor is that, on March 23, 2011, we adopted a baby boy via domestic adoption! Early Sunday morning, March 20, 2011, Jacob Dylan Chen was born in Madera, California. We travelled out to California to pick him up on Tuesday, March 22. The next day, Wednesday, March 23, we signed legal documents to adopt Jacob as our son.
These are the basic facts. But, you know there is a much bigger story behind these simple statements. Rather than one mega blog post where we put forth all of the details, thoughts, and emotions surrounding this most joyous of occasions, we’ll try and divide things into more manageable sizes in the next few posts. Consider it a mini-reboot of our adoption story. We want to capture these thoughts before life proceeds too far ahead because:
- We want to celebrate the answering of a near-decade long prayer for children and a family.
- We pray for the opportunity, through our story, to minister to those who are struggling in the midst of waiting on God (especially those wrestling with God regarding infertility & adoption).
- We pray that God might use our experiences to fan the flame for the Cause of Adoption, which we believe to be one of the most significant opportunities for the Body of Christ to live out the Gospel.
For those of you who’ve actually stuck by the RSS feed on this blog or who periodically still check in, thanks for doing that. We hope you enjoy it as we retell how our life has changed. In the meantime, we welcome all of you to rejoice with us in this time! We are blessed beyond words.