I Know You Know This But…

February 10, 2009

The last 2 Sundays in our church we have been studying through 2 Peter. This past Sunday, our pastor talked about being “reminded” of things we already know, because it is easy to forget. Essentially, it was as if Peter was saying, “I know you know this but, here are some things to remember…”

We felt inpsired to write this blog about “reminders” regarding our adoption…

I know you know this, but…

We have been on this journey of adoption for 9 months now

God put adoption into our hearts after 5 years of infertility and a strong, unshakable desire to be parents

God allowed us to meet children that we love as our own to show us that we can love children who are not from our womb

God burdened our hearts for Russia after seeing a documentary about adoption in that country. This was reinforced after we met several people who have adopted children from Russia

We have struggled and have experienced deep pain through this journey, but we have learned that God is close to the broken-hearted.

We have experienced deep blessing and joy and love through the outpouring of kindness, generosity, encouragement, compassion of people.

We cannot imagine any other path for our lives now that we are on it, though it was not what we expected when we first got married.

Adoption is a beautiful reflection of God’s relationship to us.

We have learned a lot about waiting. And we continue to learn about waiting when there seems to be silence.

We began this process with $0 towards our adoption. And here we are, 9 months later we are within $5000 of our goal. Wow and thanks!

If you told me I would have to wait more than 9 months for our baby, I would have told you I couldn’t do it. But, now that I am in it, I know that the grace of God is carrying me through.

Honesty is sometimes difficult and oftentimes scary. But, the more real we have been in this process with people, the more love, support and connection we have felt from others.

We have not been able to walk this journey alone, we cannot walk this journey alone and we will not be able to continue down this path alone. We are grateful for you.

God has gone before us, He walks beside us, He comes behind us. He hems us in…and that is the only security that we can put our trust in.

So, I know you knew all of that, but sometimes it’s good just to be reminded. Thanks for persevering with us. Thanks for journeying with us through the “quiet times”.

Updates:

  • Waiting, waiting and some more waiting ☺
  • lots of silence lately

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for our little one- that his/her heart would be prepared for us, that our hearts would be prepared for him/her
  • Pray that our paperwork would move quickly to the top of the stack
  • Pray for the caretakers – for love, compassion and affection for all of the children they take care of
  • Pray for us to reach our financial goal

Until next Monday. Love, Steve & Kate

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One Response to “I Know You Know This But…”

  1. Jen Vrooman said

    Hello Garcia’s 🙂 I just want you to know how much God spoke to Ryan and I through your story. We were in Exodus yesterday on our 2 hour drive back to Akron and we were BLOWN away by how much God desires to go before us, and behind us leading the way. He provided for you financially in a way that I have NEVER heard before. Thank you for trusting Him, so that we might trust Him too 🙂

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