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I'm originally a Kentucky girl who transplanted to Texas. I feel like a Texan I guess bc I have one baby born in Texas. It just feels like home here! A wife to Donald and mother of 3 beautiful kids who are full of life and keep me on my toes at all times. We serve at Community of Faith Church in Houston, TX.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Change in Direction

If I have learned anything on this adoption journey, it is to be flexible and keep your eyes open because the direction can change at any time. This brings me to an update that I never thought I would write, but I am super excited about it.

We were almost ready to send our dossier in to our agency so it could be translated and sent to Burundi. We received word from our mission partner on the ground in Burundi that the President was not going to step down from his second term as president and there was concern that civil war could break out. This was discouraging and heart breaking on so many levels. We love the people of Burundi and all that God has done through them. So much progress has been made. The other part was wondering how this would affect our adoption process. We decided to put on the brakes and pray. We had been moving at lightning speed, but felt a peace about pausing and praying for direction and clarity. There were lots of tears on my part and grieving I think because I knew in my heart that God was changing our path. We took the rest of the week and prayed and then attended The Empower to Connect Conference in San Antonio, TX. It was an amazing conference and we learned so much. It was also great to be away and process together with no interruptions. I cried most of the time because I could feel the Lord loosening my heart strings with Burundi.

On our way back to Houston, it was clear to us that we were to go in a different direction regarding adoption. So after contacting our agency and also looking into Arrow Child and Family Services, it was clear to us that we were to go the Foster to Adopt route. So, we decided to go ahead and get our certification classes out of the way in May. We have one more class in June and then our certification will be completed. We could get a foster child as soon as the fall but we are going to wait until January because we have a very busy fall with the girls cheering and me coaching cheer for Reagan's cheer squad. I'm trying to know my limitations and how adding a traumatic child to the mix wouldn't be a good move. So, this fall we are hoping to be a respite family which is when foster families need a break or need to go out of town, they can't leave their foster child with just anyone, they have to be licensed. We will be able to take children on a case by case basis depending on our schedule. We think this will be great way to introduce fostering to our kids and us as well.

So, there you have it! God is so good because we have so much peace about this next step and are looking forward to see how He works through our family. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for how you have prayed and loved on us. Please don't stop. There will much more to do in the future.

Please continue to pray for the people of Burundi. You can search the news for the latest updates. It's not good.

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