We haven’t talked about our adoption much lately. Mainly because we’re on the waiting list, and there’s not much to do other than wait. Yeah, we try to busy ourselves with other things, but we’re really just waiting. I think we’re down to 4-7 months now.
And since we haven’t been talking about it much lately, sometimes it’s easy to forget there’s going to be a new addition to our family soon. It’s easy to just settle into business as usual and not realize what kind of interruption that’s going to be. A very welcome interruption, but an interruption all the same.
Anyway, yesterday I was driving around town meeting friends and it gave me a needed opportunity to talk about our adoption. I found myself explaining that we’ve already paid more than $17,000 for the adoption–and I realized how insane that is. Where did that money come from?
The majority of it we’ve been able to pay out of pocket. And I don’t really know how we’ve done that. It’s not like we have $10,000 just sitting around. While we have cut back on expenses (I miss you Netflix, sniff, sniff), we haven’t vastly altered our lifestyle. Certainly not $10,000 worth. But we were able to write checks here and there and absorb the financial blow. It helps that Abby has steady paychecks and I’ve had steady work and a few extra jobs here and there.
I’m not really sure how it’s worked out. Well, that’s not true. I know how it’s worked out–God provides. I don’t know the particulars of how it works out, but I know that’s why it works out. God is good.
Nine years ago I spent a summer yo-yoing on street corners learning that God provides. And almost five years ago we bought a house while losing my job (every time I remember that it sounds so dumb) knowing that God provides. Four years ago I started my own business and continually learn that God provides. And now that we’re adopting a child and having to pay this huge sum while all you hear about on the radio is recession–we’re again seeing that God provides.
I’m not the type to get all mystical and spiritual, especially about money, but it’s amazing to see how it all works out. We’re very grateful and humbled for all the support we’re getting, all the freelance jobs that keep me afloat, and all the things we’re realizing we don’t really need.