Seeing as how this is our 500th post (!?!) we thought we should make it extra special by getting our big news out in the open…
Woohoo!! As I had mentioned before it’s been a long road that has led us to this point. It has been a road that was filled with a lot of tears, sadness, wrestling with God and plain ole crawl in bed for the next 2.5 years exhaustion.
Miraculously, God has lifted the heavy sadness (not to say there aren’t moments where one or the other of us aren’t still sad) and exchanged it with a heart full of excitement about how He will expand our family!
So, for all my detail-oriented friends, here’s the scoop that we put in our monthly newsletter to all our ministry supporters…
Since our early days of marriage, God has given us huge hearts for adoption.
It’s utterly mind-blowing to realize that God the Father adopts us into His family through Christ. (Rms. 8: 14-16, Gal. 4:4-6, etc.) And it’s breath-taking to see that His heart is always to “set the lonely in families” (Ps. 68:5-6) He makes us His true sons and daughters. He gives us a new name, a new story, a new inheritance, a new family, a new future and a new hope. (Eph. 1)
We are blessed to have countless friends, especially here in Columbia, who have followed the Lord in this huge step of faith. We have always known God would call us to adoption “some day” and after several years of waiting on the Lord to add to our family, we are excited to follow Him on this journey.
We have applied, been accepted, done paperwork, sat through 14 hours of parenting classes and are in the midst of the home study process to adopt here in South Carolina. We have requested 1-2 children, ages 3 years and younger, but are unsure on ANY real details. Once our home study is complete, we will wait to get *the phone call* to hear of a potential “match”. (Insert screams, tears, jumping up and down and then freaking out wondering what we’ve gotten ourselves into?!?)
Shortly following that phone call, we will attend a presentation disclosing all known information about the child/children and the family situation from which they come. Then, we will decide whether we’d like to meet them. Next, we can set up a day visit or a weekend overnight visit. From there, we can schedule as many visits as are needed to decide if we would like to make them a part of our family…but we are asking God to give us a “yes & amen” at the point of presentation, so as not to put a child through any further hardship! Seriously, can you imagine??
We are confident that God already knows the perfect “match” for us. He has fearfully and wonderfully made this child or sibling group and has numbered the hair on their heads. He is with them during the bad dreams or the scary thunderstorms and is mighty to save them from any pain they are experiencing. We are entrusting the journey that brings us together as a family to the One who knows the beginning from the end. What a blessing to first be adopted and transformed by the Alpha and Omega ourselves, an d now, to have the privilege of extending that gift to precious little ones.
¨ Please pray that, upon presentations, we will hear from the Lord regarding meeting any children.
¨ Please pray for our perseverance and encouragement through this process…it can make ya feel crazy.
¨ Please pray for the little one (s) God has chosen for us, that even now their hearts will be softening toward the Lord and that they will come to know Him as their King!
*Disclaimer: If at all possible, please don’t say to either of us, “Oh, I bet now that you are adopting you’ll get pregnant!!” This is the #1 normal, natural thing that people say…and as excited as we are for your Sister Suzie that adopted from Mongolia and is now pregnant with triplets, we are okay with God’s “no”.
An adopted child is not a temporary fix until the real blessing arrives! We are celebrating God’s Plan A for the Hurdle Family. “When people try to encourage infertile couples by sharing infertility success stories, it detracts from their pain or diminishes their joy.” Finding God’s Peace Amidst Infertility–Flowers
And, if by random chance (like less that 10%) we do conceive, please celebrate with us (because who doesn’t want 55 more Joel Hurdle’s running around!?! That would be amazing!!) but do your other hurting friends a favor and only share if they can hear it. :)
Special thanks to my AMAZING friend Bri, who designed a logo for us when we were in the early stages of praying about all this. This will help denote our blog posts about adoption and if we end up having to do any fundraisers to bring the kiddos home! And thank you to those of you who have prayed and sought the Lord on our behalf. You have no idea how we have felt lifted up by you.
Thank you for caring and partnering with us in ministry and life!