November 24, 2012
This day is a big deal for our family. That is the day that our 5th son is due. Yes, you heard me 5th son. Kevin and I have been given the opportunity to adopt a baby from a couple here in Billings, who are madly in love with their baby, but know that they can’t keep him; so through a mutual friend and a very quick process, we are in progress to bring him home to join our family!
A friend of ours is an attorney in town, and his firm offered to facilitate the adoption free of charge, with the exception of the court costs. We are blessed! Last week there was a small caveat thrown into our well-intentioned plan; and for a moment I doubted where our journey was taking us. As I was driving to a photo-shoot, the Lord just kept laying a passage of scripture on my heart;
Philippians 4:5-7 (The Message)
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
and from the NIV
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
When I spoke with our attorney on Friday, he relayed the news that made my heart sink; the firm was still donating the legal end of things, but we needed to pay for our background checks, homestudy and counseling fees for the mother. We weren’t as well informed of the process as I had first thought….I understand now why these processes take months. My lack of faith was evident, but then I remembered that God calls us to care for orphans. He loves the fatherless; God will provide a way!
I sent a message out to those who I know are prayer warriors,
I am telling you this in hopes that you’ll join us on our knees in praying for provision over this adoption. Today we received word that the fees that we were anticipating this adoption to cost, are actually going to be about 4x more than we were first told.
I know that God has placed this on our hearts, I know that this is where we are meant to be, I also know that we DON’T have any possible way to come up with the required fees in order to continue in this process, unless there is divine intervention. That being said, I TRUST in what God has done and will do in this situation, I know and am confident that this baby belongs to us; so I am confidently asking that God meet us in our need and open the doors, as just another reminder that He is God, we are not.
We so appreciate and know that you’ll be praying with us and for us. Our family is so unbelievably blessed by all of your encouragement. Thank your for following this journey with us, and for praying that God will meet us in our need.
Kevin and I are willing, He is able. I just need to remember that!
Blessings and Much Love,
Kevin and Jess
After I wrote this email, I felt immediate peace, there is always a way. God is big. So much so, that I received a phone call this evening; a dear friend of mine who I haven’t seen since I was pregnant with Mercer, called me. She told me that she’s been praying and thinking of us since I announced our news, and after reading the email about our unexpected expenses she decided to help; she sells Scentsy and for the months of October and November she is donating all of her profits to help us raise the money to bring our little guy home!
Those words were the needed affirmation that we are making the right decision in following the path that the Lord has set in front of us. He is answering prayer beyond my wildest dreams! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts; you’re an answer to prayer, and you are such a great blessing to us!
If you would like to order from Meg’s Adoption Fundraiser; click the picture below, and you’ll be taken to a secure site where you can choose the “Jess and Kevin Adoption fundraiser” from there you can order all of your favorite scents! My favorites are Hemingway, Rustic Lodge and Rain. These little gem’s cover the smell of stinky boys (the older they get, the stinkier they are!) I think Cooper is getting one for his room for Christmas! Help manage those decaying feet!
Thank you all so very much for your prayers and your support! Kevin and I are so thankful for you all!