September 28, 2011

the post you waited for // the adoption story

You might have heard about our adoption if you've been following my blog for a long time.  I don't write about it often, simply because there hasn't been much to tell until now.  But, now there is something.  And only a few of you know about it.  This girl and this girl were the ones who encouraged me to post this.  So, here it is.  Our adoption story.

It started in January of 2010.  My little sister announced that "Mom says we're gonna adopt".  On the spur of the moment, my mom had come across a blog - an adoption blog, from Ethiopia.  In other words - this place:

The beginning of the journey was encouraging (and maybe convincing) my dad to agree.  When he did, the real excitement began.  At first, we were going to adopt a baby, then is was two children under four.

If you don't know anything about adoption, there is a lot of paperwork to fill out and compile.  A lot.  And when it came to the adoption, time passed slowly.  Children came along that were waiting for a family, and we looked at their faces, wondering when our children would get home.  We didn't know that at the same time the next year, a huge change of plans would be made.

You also might not have known that I have six siblings.  To some people, that's a lot of kids.  I've gotten used to it now.

Well, this July, a sibling group was placed on the "list".  A sibling group of four beautiful, innocent children.  I came downstairs and their photos had been printed and were laying across the counter.  I looked.  And I sighed.  Because the first thought that came to my head was "Oh no."  Seven plus four equals a lot of children.   And that scared me.

Time went on of course, and everyone in the family warmed up to the idea.  Prayers were said, meetings held.   Until July 21, 2011.  That was the day we accepted the referral for four beautiful Ethiopian orphans.

It's crazy.
I can't show you their picture.
I can't tell you their names.
But I really want to.

Now that we know these children are waiting for us, it's difficult not to just jump on a plane and fly to see them.  They could be here soon; maybe within the year.

All we can do now is wait for more pictures and more updates.  And pray.
The question on all of our minds now is "Will it work?"  Is it possible to go from a family of nine to a family of thirteen over night?  Probably not.  But with God, it is possible.  It is an exciting journey to be on, and it is still continuing.

the adoption blog


  1. Wow. Olivia. This is neat! I'm excited for your family. I'll be praying for your family, too!
    we've adopted one:)

  2. What a great story! Thanks for sharing. I've had a little bit of experience with adoption and I know it's definitely a waiting process so I'll be praying for you all. :)


  3. Ohhhhh Olivia! I am so glad that you posted this! I can't wait either!

  4. That's great!! four?? wow.... you're going to have a busy household, and lots of siblings!!

  5. This was amazing to read Olivia!
    I'm so excited for you family! :]
    I've always wanted more siblings... well, little siblings, I'm second youngest, so i really don't remember when my one younger sister was born... :[
    Though it's so fun to babysit other peoples children. ♥


  6. Olivia, I am honestly SO excited for you. I almost cried in this post. haha, maybe it's been an emotional day or something but it's just so touching. Love you girlie! ♥

  7. This was such a joy to read, Olivia!! I'm SO, so happy for you and your family. How wonderful for those children to have a family of their own!
    My family's in the process of adopting two boys from China, and my sister is also adopted from China, so I can completely relate to wanting to bring them home just as soon as possible! I'll definitely be keeping your family in my prayers, and I can not wait to see how your journey unfolds. <3

  8. Oh my goodness Olivia!! That is sooo cool!! Uh, I would love having a big family!(: best of wishes to you and your family!! I will most defiantly say some prayers!

  9. how awesome! hope they get to come home soon! :)

  10. That is such a cool story! So excited for you!! :)

  11. That is sooo exciting! I can't wait to hear all about the children when they arrive. :)

  12. That's so exciting, Olivia!!!

  13. yes, it IS possible. remember, BUT GOD. that's where it lies. it is never about you, about your family. it is the story of His redemption in the lives of all of you, and what He wants to accomplish through you. yes, your lives are going to change forever. but you wouldn't want to miss out on that. great things lie ahead, and i am so excited to be a part of it!

  14. I just read through a good portion of you adoption story and the only thing I can say is wow. God IS good!