The Halvorson Family will become a family of 6! We are so excited to announce that we have filed our application to adopt a new daughter (and sister) from China!
Chris and I have always thought that adoption is a wonderful thing. In fact, we would often joke about adopting a baby girl if God blessed us with a house full of boys. But, after 2 amazing boys and the birth of our sweet (okay, sassy) baby girl we felt complete. Then on Valentine’s Day 2010 God began to reveal a different plan for our happy and content family of 5. ADOPTION! I know it seems crazy, right! We thought so too, at first, but then it became so clear that this was what God was calling us to do. The other day Chris told someone, “This wasn’t something we were looking for, but it found us.” I couldn’t have said it any better. It’s actually a great story, so check back often as I document what has already happened and what is still to come.
Our first task is to complete mountains of paperwork and track down lots of important official documents. Then we will have our home study, where a social worker will visit our home and interview us and the boys. At some point we will be matched with our sweet girl and get pictures and information about her. We expect that she will be anywhere from 12-24 months old when we bring her home. The entire process should take about a year and it will culminate in a 2 week trip to China to get our new blessing! We would love to be home with her by next Christmas!
We are on this journey to adopt a little girl whose face is known only to God. Although this feels like a new journey for us, we can see that this was God’s amazing plan for our family from the very beginning. There are many chapters that haven’t been revealed yet, but don’t be mistaken, all the chapters are written. The end is known, because the author of this story is the all knowing, all loving, King of Kings. There is no greater writer than Him! Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” In Psalm 139:16 it is written “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” These Scriptures are so amazing. They remind us that God already knows what is to come in our lives. What a comfort it is to know that no twist or turn in this journey will be a surprise to God.
As we begin to step out in faith to follow this call that God has placed in our hearts we earnestly seek your prayers for our family – the 5 of us here and the little one that is half way around the world waiting for her family. We know this journey will be filled with highs and lows, joy and pain, tears and laughter and lots and lots of prayers. Please pray that God with give us patience, peace, and a Heavenly perspective as we move forward.