A little over a week ago Anna Lee got to see her best friend be adopted. Lane’s closest friend since college, Amy, fostered a little girl for two years and this past weekend was able to adopt her now daughter, June. Two years ago as a single woman Amy had no idea what God’s plans were for her family, but she knew that she needed to take care of the orphan specifically through foster care. She responded to that calling and moved forward in trust. In what has been a very joy filled, hard, and confusing two years, God has finally brought June into a permanent place in Amy’s family. No more CPS visits, no more monthly reports, no more court dates. June will forever be Amy’s daughter.
Anna Lee of course had no idea what was happening that day with June, and she won’t at her adoption either. She was just excited to give June balloons. But, I am so thankful for the friendship she will have with June. There will be a day that Anna Lee learns her own story. There will be a day that we tell her about the first 2 years of her life, and no matter what age she is, there will be aspects that will be hard to understand. I pray that God uses June and Anna Lee’s friendship to support one another, to push one another, and to encourage one another. I pray that God uses both June and Anna Lee’s stories to point to a far bigger adoption story than their own.
As good of a weekend as it was celebrating with Amy and June, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t picturing and anticipating the day we were able to adopt Anna Lee. As confidence has grown that we will be able to adopt Anna Lee, it is patience that God has taught us most over the past few weeks. God has continued to answer prayers and at the end of last week we were able to set an adoption date for Anna Lee.
On November 20th, 2015 we will officially adopt Anna Lee. We will be inviting pretty much everyone we know to celebrate with us that weekend. From that day forward she will be our daughter in every way that this world can define it. We are so thankful for the things God has taught us as foster parents and the ways He has already used Anna Lee’s story for His good. BUT, we are SO ready for this next chapter. Though time is already seeming to fly by, I am so happy that I get to watch this little girl grow up.
“He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.” (Psalm 18:16)