‘They tell us a baby boy has been born in Texas, our home state. They don’t know many details, but ask if we would be interested. I cannot imagine what she must be feeling.’

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“这是2018年4月。我和我的丈夫迪伦苏rprised to learn that we are both feeling a strong push from the Lord to go ahead and start the adoption process. We think, ‘Really, Lord? Now?’ We always knew adoption would be part of our story, but we thought it would be several years from now. I mean let’s look at the facts: we are in our mid-twenties and have two biological kiddos- Violet who is 3, and Adelaide who hasn’t yet turned 2! We are pretty stable on our current budget, but we don’t exactly have 40-50 thousand dollars (the cost of private adoption) laying around anywhere. This seems crazy. It feels crazy! But we know that our God has called us to this and put this passion in our hearts, and not even logic can stop His plans. So, we decide to trust God. If He called us to it, He will see us through it. We announce that baby #3 is on the way, we just don’t know when!

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随着这一公告,这么多支持,但也有一些自然的好奇 - 为什么要采用?显然,我们已经能够从生物学上发展我们的家庭,那么我们采用的动力是什么?您可能想知道自己!我希望我们能一起坐下来,以便我可以全力以赴,但是我现在就做出了简短的摘要。基本上,迪伦和我一直对那些发现自己患有意外怀孕和婴儿的婴儿充满热情。我们梦见了这一天,我们可以亲自加紧成为婴儿的生活选择,这是一个未准备好父母的女人的未来。

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好吧,现在是十二月,我们准备好了整个家庭学习和文书工作包,这花了我们几个月和几个月才完成。除了一个问题外,我们已经准备好作为一个“等待家庭”活跃起来 - 我们几乎没有筹集任何资金。这并不是由于缺乏努力 - 相信我。我们开设了一家收养店,出售衬衫,帽子和杯子,这确实带来了数千。我们举办了一场煎饼早餐活动,在那里我们为卡车煎饼提供了碎片,并为捐款感到尴尬。(有人竞标50美元,让我们做肮脏的舞蹈升降机 - 我们尝试了,我几乎死了。)

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We raised another six thousand that day, which felt like such a huge success! But when the time comes to submit our paperwork and begin to be presented to expectant mamas, we are nowhere near our goal of $45,000.

恐惧开始真正地沉入。它使迪伦在晚上保持不变。我们不能。不可能。我们开始质疑这是否是上帝对我们的旨意,毕竟他为什么不通过资金来?他是否把我们一路带到这里只是为了放弃和破产我们?但是一遍又一遍地,他继续给我两张心理图片。首先是红海拆分,以使上帝的子民无法逃避束缚并进入应许之地。即使我的孩子们在星期日学校里创作的艺术品,他也通过教堂的歌曲在教堂的歌曲中引起了我的想法!这个上帝在正确的时间上清除障碍的概念 - 这就是我坚持的目标。

第二幅图是这样的:我看着chunky baby with deep coloring, dark curly hair, and the sweetest little pink lips that make a little kissy face as he stretches. I think, ‘Lord is this him, our son?’ Whether this baby was ours or not, it gives me such peace and reminds me why we started this whole thing. And whenever Dylan and I begin to worry about the money not coming in and I pray that God will provide, He tells our hearts, ‘Stop obsessing over the money. I told you I will fight for you. Instead, pray for your son and his mama.’

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So, with only a small fraction of the funding we will need to bring to the table, we submit our paperwork and become a waiting family. A few weeks go by, we see several cases and every time we worry about the price tag attached to each one. Feeling discouraged, we begin to brainstorm back up plans, just in case God doesn’t show up. My heart says to stop this and just TRUST, but my head (and the numbers) tell me this is never going to happen.

A dear friend of mine, not even knowing how the story of Exodus has been on my mind, tells me this:

‘I just know God is going to fully fund it. But he didn’t part the Red Sea when the Egyptians were still in Egypt. He parted it when the Israelites had their back against the wall. His timing is so perfect and always glorifies him.’

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四个星期后,这是除夕。我尝试ing to cook my first steak (surprise, I overcooked it) when we get an email from our agency. They tell us a baby boy has been born today in Texas, our home state. They say they don’t know many details but ask if we would be interested in being presented to the mama. We reply right away with a YES and a letter to this sweet mama, who just gave birth to her first baby and is now about to flip through family profiles to decide who she wants to place him with. I cannot imagine what she must be feeling and already love her, which I tell her in the note. Dylan and I feel giddy for a while but choose not to pack bags or even get the car seat out of the attic, since we don’t want to get our hopes up.

New Year’s Day. No news. That’s alright, God’s timing and plan is perfect. We don’t have the funding anyway.

Oh, but wait, now our agency is calling… We answer the phone and they tell us the mother picked us!! They say, ‘She can’t wait to meet you, how soon can you be at the hospital?’ The next hour is a blur, packing up our toddlers to drop with grandma, throwing clothes into a suitcase, and hitting the road. But in the same moment that our hearts are full of joy over the idea of possibly bringing this boy home, the reality sets in that we now only have three days to come up with $30,000 (the remainder we hadn’t yet raised.)

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So here we are, completely desperate for God to move. Like there is no other option Lord, if YOU do not make this happen, it WILL NOT happen! It is in this moment I felt the Lord say to me ‘Go live on Facebook and talk about it.’ It sounds silly, because you don’t really think about the God of the universe caring about Facebook! So, once we were on the road, I open up Facebook and hit that ‘go live’ button. I honestly probably seem like a crazy person, rambling on about what a whirlwind morning it has been, and humbly inviting anyone listening to partner in ministry with us as we come alongside a mama wanting to choose life for her baby. That video is shared over and over again, and before we know it, my messages are overflowing with encouragement and prayers and happy thoughts! We are getting constant notifications from our funding page- the number keeps rising and rising!

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Then next 24 hours are surreal. We arrive at the hospital and immediately meet T, this baby boy’s warrior mama. We visit with her for a few hours and it is pure holy magic- that is the only way I can describe it, like this wonderous display of the Holy Spirit working and directing every detail into its perfect place. Then we are shown our own room of the hospital we can stay in that night, and we get to spend a little time with this baby to let his mama finally rest. It is the hardest thing ever to not name him and claim him as our own, but we know he is still hers, and might be forever if she wakes up in the morning and feels empowered to parent. So, we choose to be thankful for the time we do have, loving and praying over him the same way we would for our best friend’s baby.

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第二天是如此奇怪,感觉好像时间静止不动。t必须在12:30之前做出最终决定,而她在早晨拥抱她的可爱男孩。但是,我没有对可能发生的事情感到焦虑,而是拥有我有史以来最强烈,最切实的和平。我感觉像从未有过的那样被祈祷所掩盖。但是话又说回来,我从来没有需要这么多的祈祷!我们早上祈祷并用敬拜音乐充满了房间。外面是冰冻和讨厌的,但是当我看着雨水从窗户滚下并在附近的池塘里造成小涟漪时,我有太多的和平。伯特利音乐播放的这首歌很好,我在呼吸下笑了一点。‘所以放手,我的灵魂,信任他。海浪和风仍然知道他的名字。’这个歌词重复了几次,并深深地引起了共鸣。 The waves, the sea, He is going to make a way for us.

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There is so much more to this story about our final moments with baby’s birth parents. In order to honor this time, I don’t want to squeeze these details into a short summary. So instead I’ll say this: T and C (birth mom and dad) are the bravest and most selfless people I have ever met. They break their own hearts out of their deep deep love for their son when they place him with us that afternoon. The great privilege and honor that this is not lost on us.

As we travel home that night with our new son, I hop online once again to share an update with everyone who had been praying for us and following along with our story. By Friday, our friends, family, church community, and strangers we have never met have given over $35,000, putting us within arm’s reach of our goal.

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Looking back, I am so incredibly thankful that God allowed us to become desperate for Him to make a way, to split the sea in front of us. Had a generous donor written us just one big fat check in the beginning, we would have never had the opportunity to trust the Lord in a way we never had to before, and we wouldn’t have had the need to call out to our community! Seeing all of our people and even complete strangers step up to help us and partner in ministry is beyond humbling- I do not even have the words to express our deep gratitude. It is so beautiful to witness humanity rallying together for the life of ONE baby and his mama who made the hardest and bravest decision of her life. That support feels like everyone is saying ‘His one life does matter! Her future does matter!’ I will never ever forget that as long as I live.

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Turns out, my season of waiting is exactly what I needed to be prepared for what I had asked for, and ultimately it glorifies the Lord the most! I pray that you would have peace and hope in whatever season you are in, too.”

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