Q: What do you get when you cross four Americans, four Ethiopians, and a nine-year-old Congolese girl?
A: The Shores Family
Yes, we find ourselves in the adoption process once again. A few months ago, a friend of a friend contacted us and asked whether we would be interested in adopting again. In another “second chance adoption” scenario much like Joseph’s, this person knew someone whose adoption of a little girl from DRC was going to be dissolved and she needed a new home. Might it be ours?
We prayed for clarity and asked questions and waited.
We realized how much we have (and what little we need):
–We have room; We only need a bed, a mattress, and a dresser.
–We have food; What’s a few more potatoes, one more patty of gift beef from Hempie’s farm?
–We have a vehicle large enough.
–We have a shelf full of homeschool curriculum and a dining table full of lively students.
–We have experience (and success!) with her particular needs.
–We have already journeyed into the world of mental health with its therapists, medications, and tools to succeed.
–We have kids who understand loss and pain and who gather around each other to pray for one another in the dark times.
–We are equipped and called by the God who is teaching each of us who know him how to respond to his grace and how to trust him with our whole hearts–no matter how long that takes.
And so, after months of deliberation, we go forward–with strength and courage that only comes from the promise that we follow the God who is with us wherever we go. (Joshua 1:9). He is worthy of our obedience.
If you would like to donate to the adoption costs of E. please do! While the costs are relatively low, we need all the help we can get to afford the homestudy and legal fees.
Above, E. had a play date with us. Here she posed (center) with Abby and Zoey–her future roomies.