i will wait for you

thanks to the lovely laurie for capturing this photo
When we decided to build a house, we did so knowing that we weren't just building a house. We were building a home. And we knew that home would eventually be filled with children. We also agreed (IE: I decided) that we would wait at least a year to fill said house with children. I wanted to enjoy the house. I wanted to spend time in the house just the two of us.

They say that if you want God to laugh then all you need to do is tell Him your plans. I've made Him laugh a lot in my lifetime. And I know He was rolling on the floor in laughter when I vehemently said no to fostering any earlier. In fact, a year was stretching it for me. I wanted to wait until my age started with a 3.

A lot has happened over the past two months. And needless to say God has utterly ruined my life and my plans. I've had a lot of moments. And a lot of thoughts. And a lot of overwhelmingness. My husband has been a rock through it all, with little to no reaction, because he has just been waiting for me to be ready. For me to stop saying not right now or never going to happen.

We still have a long ways to go. And a lot of paperwork to get through. But hopefully in May we will have a few children in our house.

It's difficult because I won't be able to share a whole lot on the blog. We're planning to foster, and with foster care, there are a lot of rules of what you can and can not post. I know them well, and I know I have to follow them - even if it kills me not to share what is one of the most exciting times of our lives.

Here's what I can say. A situation has presented itself, and we know that now is the time. We've told our parents and our close friends. We've sought prayer and counsel from our church. We've prayed a LOT. And we've discussed the matter with the people this decision affects - the children we plan to bring into our home. And it's real now. All too real.

And I simply can not wait to be able to open our doors and have new additions to our family. They might not be in our home for long, but they will always be a part of our family.

So we need prayer. For my anxious heart because this waiting game is not one I am good at. For direction on how to move forward. For items like a convertible crib, bedding, dressers, high chairs, car seats, etc. For skills to parent.

After these two are gone, there will be more. I'm not sure if the more will come right from foster care for another temporary stay or if we'll look into more permament options. I just now that it's time.

So there you have it. We are parents to be - just not sure when. We are growing our family in the way we feel is right for us. We are listening to the call and burden God had placed on our hearts.

And we are more excited than I ever thought possible.

Have any questions about our decision to foster? Or want to know other ways you can help? Feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email. I'll do my best to answer all questions in a follow-up post (leaving out identifying information of course).

NOTE: This blog will not become a parenting or family blog at this time. I'll be keeping most stories to myself and our close circle to protect the children and our family - even though my heart is already bursting with excitement and a desire to talk about how wonderful these kids are.

(title from "i will wait" by mumford and sons)


  1. Leslie! I am so blown away by you and your love for these kids. So so proud of you and blessed to call you friend.

  2. That is awesome! I wish you the best. Enjoy every sweet moment, and know you are making a difference for the munchkins!

  3. YAY YAY YAY!! You two are going to bring SO much glory to the Kingdom as you bless these children!! So happy for you :)

  4. That is so awesome! I so respect your decision to foster parent and think it is wonderful. I'm huge on adoption and foster care advocacy. Best of luck in your parenting!

  5. Congratulations! I'm praying your healing the physical therapy is going well. Esther Norine Designs

  6. Congratulations on such a big decision! The kids will be so fortunate to have you!

  7. Congratulations on deciding this! We just completed our homestudy (our story is www.journeytoafamily.com) about how ours went. I only share it because I wish I had known prior to what we were in for. We are looking to adopt first, and then look to become a foster family afterwards. It is a long process, but you will get through it and it will be amazing! I will certainly be praying for you!

  8. I love this post. Friends of mine are beginning the journey of fostering to adopt and the process is very lengthy. Congratulations on becoming foster parents!

  9. Aww I love this girl. I kind of had a feeling it had something to do with kids and foster. Since reading your posts I can see the love you and your hubby will give these kids!! :)

  10. I love this! So wonderful :) I'm the one who tweeted about bloggers who have hearts for justice. It's nice to meet you!

  11. What great news! I saw your comment on Jen Hatmakers blog and I am so excited for you! My husband and I currently foster two little ones and the journey will rock you but every tear, frustration, and laugh is worth it all. I pray God blesses you through this adventure and thank you for taking the stand to care for orphans.



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