Meet ‘Pratt’ (not his real name) He is a sweet baby boy! (thats right, ignore the pink please. I think only American’s care about that kind of stuff) He is aprox 10 months old right now.
We have always felt called to adopt. So when we started this process we wanted to do ALL we could, give of ourselves completely. We wanted to adopt two children, cause thats what we feel our ‘all’ is, for now ;0) We never felt drawn to a particular child, except ‘John Mark’. Even though we wanted to adopt two children, it seemed pretty overwhelming. How can *I* do it?? How?? Is it *too* much? One is enough, we are ‘doing our part’ with one. These thoughts rolled over and over in our discussions and our mind. So we put it on the back burner and thought maybe its just not time.
Every so often I would say to Erik, So how about 2? He would say, I want two, but no, i’m just feeing one. Well one day I asked him this question for like the 100th time and I completely expected him to say, Nope Im just feeling one. BUT, he didn’t. He said Yes, we should, lets do it! Well, you would think I would be jumping for joy but instead I was like, Huh? Whaaa? Um, hold on just a minute, I need to think about this some more. So I took a couple days to ponder and pray. There was no doubt, two it was! But, I was afraid. I’m gonna be real honest here, as in I don’t want to tell you this but maybe it will help someone out there. I kept saying, But TWO with down syndrome, I said this over and over. And finally my husband surprised me again, He said, ‘You can’t say that, take that label off, we are adopting two KIDS, two BOYS. Forget the labels. I knew he was right.
It is just such an amazing testimony how our kids come to us. Just like with ‘John Mark’ I have spoken with and met people who have prayed on adopting ‘Pratt’ and got the answer of ‘NO, not the right kid for you’ Its just amazing! When ‘Pratt’ was listed in Nov (I think) I received a call and many emails about him. But I just didn’t think I could do it. It just didn’t feel right at that moment. During the Christmas holiday he had many warrior moms who raised money for him. He has a large grant that will allow us to bring him home for almost no extra fees. That is amazing! This is what we know about him, he needs heart surgery. He needs it asap or he will not survive much longer. We pray for him every night, along with many others that he can hold on until we can bring him home. I have seen adorable videos of him, thanks to a missionary over there. He really looks good in the videos. Just maybe they are wrong about his heart. Just maybe.
Everything that Erik and I have experienced we feel has lead us to this moment. We feel prepared. Not because we have all this technical knowledge about hearts or down syndrome. Not because we have sooo much money. We are prepared in Him. Christ is prepared. He is all we need.
I cannot even imagine what twists and turns will lie ahead. I can’t wait for the ride!