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That’s right! It’s official.

We are moving forward with embryo adoption (read our first EA post from September 15, 2010).

We have sent in our dollars and our “Hi We’re Kate and Jason, Pick Us” book. The organization we’ve chosen is called Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park and the director, Maria, will be helping make a match for us. We made the final decision on Wednesday the 17 after receiving really cool confirmation from the Lord that this was the direction He was calling us to go.

For those of you that have been walking through this with us, this is a super exciting time. Thank you for your faithful prayers, support and friendship. It’s meant so much to us to be told so frequently, “We’re praying for you.” God has answered your prayers and I hope that the fruit of your faithfulness is encouraging to you now as you see it practically played out in our lives. God moved, you guys. He really did. He specifically heard all of our prayers, and He has moved mountains to get us to this place. We praise HIM. We give HIM the glory. This is all about HIM.

We move forward in faith not knowing AT ALL what this process will look like, what the donor family will be like, what the timeline will be, or what the outcome will be. Obviously our prayer is that the outcome will be babies! But there are no guarantees with this type of adoption like any type of adoption, or any guarantees with this type of pregnancy like there is with any pregnancy. So we place our hope not in making a match, being pregnant or having babies, but in Jesus. That’s where hope won’t disappoint. And that’s where you could specifically be directing your prayers. That our hope would be in Jesus as we wait for a match, as we pray about any match possibilities that are before us, if I become pregnant, and as we become parents (and then we’ll surely need your prayers for every single moment after that)!!!

It’s just so cool isn’t it? I mean, four years ago if you would have asked me my thoughts on adoption, I would have told you it was a very “nice” thing that “nice” people did. “Good for them,” I’d say. “The world needs more people like that.” Well, God has changed our heart, and used our jacked up reproductive systems to make us “those people.” Not so that ANYONE can say, “Wow, Kate and Jason, you’re amazing people.” We’re not. I assure you.

But so that we all can say, “Wow, God loves His children that much. He’s THAT cool, THAT good, THAT on top of things that He’ll use what was never meant to be (infertility) to bring to live babies that are meant to be.” Sweet, precious babies stored in freezers waiting for a chance at life. Adopted. Wanted. Chosen. Loved.

Sort of like us, right? Adopted into the family of God. Given a chance to be wanted, chosen and loved. I was adopted. In 1999. Into my Dad’s family. I didn’t earn it. I didn’t do anything to deserve it. He just did it because He’s good. Adoption is the heart of the gospel.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
-Romans 8:14-17

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, bornunder the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
-Galatians 4:4-8

So Jason and I point away from us and directly back to Jesus. There’s no way we could have thought this up on our own. We couldn’t possibly have scripted these last four years. This is HIS story, HIS plan. And we praise Him.

As a final note, this is the beginning of a new world for all of us who have room to grow and learn about adoption. Jason and I are going to be educating ourselves and will be sharing resources with our family and friends. We totally believe that “it takes a village” and our heart is to share what we learn so we ALL can love this child (these children) well. Here is the first of what will hopefully be many amazing resources. This is a sermon by John Piper called “Adoption, the Heart of the Gospel.” Click here to listen.

We love you guys.

Let’s DO this!!!!