This week has been incredible. We stepped out in faith and God is providing. The help, support, and encouragement that has been shown to us this week is wonderful.
Our journey officially started 3 years ago. But, God planted the desire to adopt in our hearts a long time ago. I remember wanting to adopt when I was a kid. I am not sure why. As a couple the topic came up shortly after Val and I got married. We even bought a how-to book. It was something we wanted to do, but it was not to be then. Not too long after those discussions we were blessed with our first child. Caitlin, our first-born, was and is an incredible gift. Not too long after that our 2 boys were born - Caleb and then 18 months later Cameron. Again, wonderful gifts. The challenges of having 3 children under 5 was enough for us at that time. Adoption just wasn't on our minds at that point.
Time passed - our children grew. Adoption entered our thoughts again. Actually, it bombarded Val's thoughts. It started when a friend, Katie, called one day and said, "Val, let's go adopt children from Guatemala." By the time the five minute phone conversation was done the friend was done with the idea, but Val, and subsequently me, started thinking. During the next couple of months it seemed as if Val was hearing adoption stories all of the time. Then she went to a Hearts at Home conference. While the weekend was certainly not all about adoption, that is what Val heard. She came home excited about the possibilities. That is when we started talking seriously about moving forward with the adoption process.