11/03/2014

The Faith Journey that is Adoption [+ Foster Care]

Meet The Holts.

A beautiful family built by miracles.

"Our family has been impacted by adoption in a BIG way," Megan said.
Three years after giving birth to their son Reddington, the Holts welcomed Milannah into their home through foster care.

Here's Megan in her own words...

Adoption was something I dreamed about for years, but it was one of those BIG. SCARY. DREAMS. that I never knew would exist beyond a dream.

We entered into the world of foster care as a way to help children.

We knew that for such a time as this, a child would be living under our roof and would need warm meals, clean clothes and plenty of hugs and kisses which we could provide.

After a couple of years we changed our license to accept a 0-1 year old, and within three weeks, we welcomed Milannah Joy to our family as our foster daughter.

We fell head-over-heels in love with this 5 lb baby.
We tried to hold back the love, but there was no way to stop the flood gates from opening and letting love pour in.

We named Milannah when we was six months old using "Minnie Ears" on a trip to Disney World with our son.
You can imagine the surprise when we returned there about two years later and we received a call for a newborn baby girl while standing in line for Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride.
[For this reason, among others, Disney World holds a special place in our hearts!]

A couple days after returning home from Orlando -- on June 6, 2014 -- we welcomed our sweet Georgia into our family.

She is currently in the foster care system and has stolen all of our hearts!

Of course it would be a HUGE honor and blessing if we're able to adopt her, too. 

For now, we stand strong in our faith believing that the Lord already has her future designed whether that is with or without us as her family.

Trusting in the Lord is how we get through every single day of this faith journey.
Three Things I've learned about Adoption:

1. Adoption has opened up a whole new world for our family and friends regarding trans-racial families, relationships and love.

Although this is becoming more and more accepted as foster care and adoption are more openly discussed in society today, no one knows how they -- or others around them -- will react to this type of blend.

We are grateful and blessed to have the love and support of almost all of our family and friends in this area.

When someone is faced with a newborn baby that needs love, prayers, attention and their basic needs met just like any other little one, the attraction is undeniable.

2. Foster care and adoption are a HUGE FAITH journey.

Our faith has been built more through this process than anything else we've encountered in our lives.

We continue to stand on the Lord's promises through our journey with sweet Georgia, just like we did with Milannah Joy.

Every day can be a battle of the mind!

For us, it was -- and still is -- constant thinking and wondering if we would have to say goodbye, or if these girls will be a part of our forever family -- our greatest desire.

And every single day, I stand upon the promise that the Lord knows, and He will not fail us.

He knows what our future looks like as a family.

He knows our heart's desire, and so we trust in Him knowing that He is good.

"Delight yourself in the Lord and 
He will give you the desires of your heart."
-Psalm 37:4

3. Adoption is so different than the birth of a biological child.

Both are AMAZING.

Both are WONDERFUL blessings.

Both are MIRACLES.

It's just different, and it's so hard to describe and put into words unless you're talking to someone else that's adopted and experienced it.

I found this quote that I think sums it up perfectly:

"The pure joy that comes from a rescue 
and a ransom of a child's life 
is probably the most satisfying thing 
you could imagine."

I believe this with my whole heart.

I desire for our family's testimony to encourage others to embrace orphans and brokenness; to look at "family" in a whole new way because [after all] LOVE makes a family.

We are so overwhelmed by what the Lord has done in our family's life.

It's almost too much sometimes.

We've learned that anything worth having is worth fighting for.

The Lord has been faithful over and over again in this area.

"...and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven 
and pour out so much blessing 
that there will not be room enough to store it..."
-Malachi

As part of National Adoption Month, This Family's Journey is featuring families impacted by adoption and what they've learned along the way. Wanna join in? Click here to connect. Wanna read all the guest posts from National Adoption Month? Click here.

2 comments:

  1. Psalm 37:4-5 was our theme verse as we traveled through our first adoption over eight years ago!!

    Yes, I absolutely agree that adoption will grow your faith in unimaginable ways. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    1. Shonya,

      I'm happy to read this story resonated with you, and grateful the Holts shared it :)

      Shelley

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