Arnold Family News – We’re Adopting!!

November 29, 2018

To Our Future Baby

When your dad and I made the decision not to do IVF again like we did with your sister, we went out to dinner to celebrate because we knew YOU were our future. You see, one day you will know your family legacy. One day you will know just how much we have dreamed of you. Infertility has been part of our story since 2014, but adoption has been part of it for much, much longer starting back with your Gamma who I cannot wait for you to know. Your Great Nana and Great Papa adopted her, and it wove into our story a beautiful picture of love.

Your dad and I believe that God is the author of our story. I may not have grown you in my womb, but He has grown you in my heart and in our prayers. You are ours. We chose you through adoption because that is what we want for our family. “You are more than an option to us, you are more than adding to us.” This is the story we believe God is writing. Oh have we prayed for you and over you. You and your sister have different narratives, but the binding cord is love just like we hope it will always be in our home.

We don’t know you yet, little babe, but we cannot wait for you to be part of our family. We love you already. We believe God designed you to be the fourth member of our family we have been dreaming of. We are ready and waiting for you. Our hearts are filled with joy as we anticipate how you will change us for good. Your adoption reminds us of our own into God’s family. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, no matter our age, color, gender, income, or where we live. He has made us one. This is the good news of the gospel that we all need so desperately right now.

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” – Galatians 4:4-6

Where We Are in the Process

As for where we are in the process and timing, we are working with an agency and have completed our home study. We are officially a waiting family on their list. Yay! That means as prospective birth mothers/families come into the agency, we are shown to them as a family who could adopt their child. It is now a matter of her/them selecting us as the family and it being a good match. That means it could be soon or a while still. It is a small agency, so we are also looking into other possible options and keeping all doors open. It has been a huge learning process for us, one that hasn’t always been easy as we try to make the right decisions.

I probably won’t share much more until we bring a precious baby home out of respect for all parties involved, but I did want to update everyone on what is going on with our family. Thank you for sharing in our joy as we are “paper pregnant!” We so appreciate you all and would covet your prayers in this process both for our family, our future baby, and his/her birth mother and family.

Thank you to Randy Yeats for documenting this special time in our lives with these photos.

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