There are few things that I would rather do than take ownership of a plate of Sadie’s New Mexican. Sopapillas, chips, salsa, rellenos, burritos, and green chile. That I am not an entirely assimilated New Mexican is evident in the several minutes I devoted to that last sentence, thinking about the things I eat and how they are spelled. But the food is great.
That’s what I was about to enjoy when “we have a baby girl!!!” scrolled across my phone.
That was a welcome interruption.
And that text represents a new season in the life of our family and in the life of a beautiful baby girl from Mississippi.
On January 4 we submitted our application for our homestudy. By early March we were on file with three adoption agencies here in the states. On Wednesday, March 23, Kristi received a call from the Mississippi Children’s Home with news that the Lord had given us another daughter. A new mother had chosen us to be parents for her baby.
This little girl, whom we’ve named, Shae, was born on November 25, 2010 at 7:52 PM. She was 6 pounds and 18 inches long.
We’re thanking God today for the sweet woman who cared for her daughter for nine months until her birth. We’re thanking God today for the foster family who has cared for her over these last four months. And we’re thanking God for Mississippi Children’s Home and places like this that counsel women in crisis pregnancies and help facilitate adoptions when women, for whatever tragic reason, are unable to care for their babies. And we’re thanking God for His people. Orphans have a great reception here at Desert Springs Church.
Wherever there is an orphan there is a reminder that things aren’t right here. But wherever there is an adoption there is a reminder that God has not left us alone.
The God who made the world and everyone in it is a “Father to the fatherless,” and He settles the fatherless in homes (Psalm 68:4-6). He is also the one to whom Jesus taught his discipels to pray, “Our Father in heaven…” (Matthew 6). Though we were his enemies, to those who believe in the name of Christ, He gives the right to become children of God (John 1). The significance of this privilege is seen in the transition of an orphan when they receive parents and a home.
Our first two adoptions took over two years from start to finish. This adoption will take a little over two months. God’s adoption of a people to Himself spans all eternity (Ephesians 1).
We expect to travel to Mississippi to receive our daughter mid to late next week.
We ask that you’d pray for a smooth physical, emotional, and legal transition for this baby girl into our family.
There are plenty of chiles in this place for another New Mexican. We mean to share the love.