Yes, you heard me, November is National Adoption Awareness Month.  So, in honor of that, you get a guest blogger.  It’s me, HUSBANDO.
This blog is going to be a bit personal.  I am super excited about our adoption.  I am honored and blessed to be called by God to adopt.  Not only adopt, but adopt a sibling group of older children.  However, I have to be honest, I have my moments I get scared.  I have my moments I get overwhelmed.  I have my moments that I sit back and just think about our future with these kids. That’s when I remember, this is our calling.  God calls each of us to do something.  I’m 33 years old and just now know what my calling is.  My wife has known this was her calling since she was a teenager.
One of the things I do to bring comfort is just Google adoption, sibling adoption, older kid adoption, adoption support, etc.  A few months ago I remembered an organization our family used growing up that made us a better family, Focus on the Family.  So I joined their website, joined them on Facebook, read their Dad Blog, etc.  One day while on Facebook I saw this post about supporting an organization called I Care About Orphans.  You take a pledge and it gives you this booklet.
I want to talk about the booklet today. There are approximately 127,000 children waiting for adoption in the US Foster System. WHAT?!?!?! 127,000 kids needing a home.  God calls us in James 1:27 to care for orphans.  “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and windows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the World.”  Now, to look after orphans does not mean you have to adopt.  However, it does mean that you should look into providing support to DHS, CPS, churches or those that do adopt.
The children we are going to adopt are from families that were unwilling or unable to support them.  My wife and I can give them that support they deserve.  Yes, I know people keep thinking (sometimes even saying) we do not know what we are getting ourselves into.  I beg to differ.  While we don’t know what our kids will be like, we do know a whole bunch more.  We know we live and breathe for a God that has chosen us to be parents to these kids.  We have a God that has provided us an AMAZING family.  We have a God that introduced us to AWESOME friends.  We worship God that has given us a WELCOMING AND SUPPORTIVE church in Victory Christian Church.  We are blessed, that is for sure.
Before I tell you what you can do, I’ll tell you a little more about these kids.  These kids are going to have a difficult time adjusting to life with us.  It’s not because of anything in our control.  It is because they have been abused, neglected and forgotten about.  They aren’t going to understand God’s love, our devotion and your desire to make sure they grow into happy children. Healing won’t happen overnight. In fact, it could take years or decades for them to be fully healed.  Your understanding and unconditional commitment are essential to our success.
So what does this all mean?  What do you need to do?  What can you do for us?  Well, that booklet told you.  W.R.A.P. around us with prayer and help.  Each week for the next 4 weeks, I will do a guest blog and tell you what each letter means to us.  I hope you will pray for us over this next week as we are facing the unknown of when these kids will come.  Pray that our adoption specialist will find the kids that God wants for us.  Pray that these kids are excited about coming to our family.
Until next week,

Husbando’s Guest Blog – Part 1


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