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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

No Greater Act of Worship than to Obey

Before I get to the goods I am going to tell you how we got to them (I hope this helps with ease you into the shock).  A few months ago I began to feel God call our family toward the adoption process again.  I felt like sometime in the next couple of years God would bless our family with more adopted children.  When I first brought this up to Chad he said he knew we would adopt again but had a few concerns to be addressed before starting the process.  One of his main concerns was finances.  I began to pray that God would show Chad not to worry about financing an adoption.  I prayed for God to show him how adoption was the plan and it was possible.  About a month later God eased these concerns.  Chad said that he thought this happened because God was telling us it was time to start to do our research.  We intended on adding to our family sometime in the next 12 to 18 months.  Since international adoption is not known to be a quick process we wanted to go ahead and get on the "list."  We began to research countries.  Much to our disappointment it became obvious to us that we were not going to be able to return to Russia.  Russia has had a drastic slow down in adoptions since the lady returned her son to Moscow last year.  We narrowed our country list down to 2: Uganda and Ethiopia.  Both of these countries are great places to adopt but each came with pros and cons.  On a Friday afternoon we sat down to discuss our findings about the different adoption processes for each country.  The decision was not clear and we decided not to decide.  We knew this was something that God was going to show us.  We prayed for guidance on the matter and went to bed.  On Saturday morning we awoke to a message from the adoption agency saying that they had twin girls in Uganda, do we want to adopt them?  I immediately yelled at Chad to come into the room and read the message.  Did God just answer our prayer?  Is this God telling us the path he has laid for us?  We had a day filled with prayers, tears, thoughts of happiness, and at times the thought of it was just scary.  After much prayer and scripture reading we believe that YES God has given us twin daughters.  They currently live in Uganda and we are frantically working on bringing them home.
I know this sounds crazy to you and trust us it is even crazier to us.  In fact I think it is one of the craziest things our family has done.  This is not the plan that we had for our lives but God has much bigger plans.  We are going to be the parents to four children under the age of four.  Our family is going to become the definition of multicultural.  How are we going to handle this? ( All of our family wants to know the answer to this question)  We don't know but what we do know is that God will guide us.

3 comments:

  1. Congrats!! Sadie was saving for a sister, now she will get 2!

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  2. How exciting for the Stewart family!!!! I can't wait to follow your journey to getting to your girls and meeting them in person! :)

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  3. Holly,CONGRATS!!! How wonderful!! I am so excited for all of the Stewart family and I know personally you couldn't have anyone better than Nancy going with you and Chad to Africa to get your twins. I know Sadie must be overjoyed with the idea of new sisters!! Please let me know of anything I can do to help you in this journey!
    Love thru Christ...

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