THE BARBER FAMILY September | 2013
KATE [17 MONTHS] AND CAROLINE [4
Our Adoption Story
Most parents say they just
when their family is complete. It’s like meeting “the one” who will someday become your spouse. Or walking through the door of your first home. No one can explain exactly how they
, yet somehow, without fail, the knowing comes. For thirteen of the fourteen years Scott and I have been together, we never once considered adoption. We
our family wasn’t complete at two children and we assumed the others would come biologically the same as Caroline and Kate. But at the end of 2012, we received a new, very different vision for our family.
More To The Story
Belief Challenged Into Action
We’ve always believed God loves and hopes to redeem everyone He creates. That includes those born into poverty, those born to unwed teen mothers, and fetuses considered for abortion. We also believe God has a soft spot for orphans and the mothers who can’t or don’t want to provide for them [James 1:27]. As a family we fiercely defend these truths in belief, but we started to wonder whether we should also defend them in action. In just a few months, we were quickly and wholeheartedly moved to invite a fatherless child into our family [Psalm 68:5]. Whether this child lives already or won't be born for years, he or she is as much a part of our family as the rest of us. There's a place at our table waiting to be filled. Since then we haven't done anything most families do preparing for adoption. In a process all about timing and red tape, the only thing God told us clearly:
Sit still and wait. Share your story.
So we didn’t research agency options or open a special savings account. We chose to believe God knows and cares about the details, so he’ll handle them. Our only “work” was to pray, listen, and wait.
At Our Table
For we walk by faith, not by sight. [2 Corinthians 5:7]
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