Our Referral Came Yesterday! {on Adoption}

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Yesterday I posted about my crazy emotions on our adoption. It also found me seeking out and sharing other posts on adoption.

Last night we received the call for our referral.

This morning, we accepted the referral for two sisters–Gretta and Crisha*. Gretta is 9 and Crisha 7 and they are just the most beautiful, wide-eyed girls.

The wave of emotions that came over me upon receiving the news was elated and terrified; overjoyed and overwhelmed! Will they like us? Do they want to be part of a family? Even if it means moving to an entirely different continent? Are they anticipating a family as much as we are anticipating making them a part of ours?

Will I be able to handle unusual behavior due to their unusual circumstances? Oh, but it all goes back to God, doesn’t it? Because I don’t need to be able for God to call me. I just need to be willing.

It is in my weakness that Christ will  be shown strong and glorious!

Will you pray for them? That God would prepare their hearts for the coming change? And ours, too?

Thank you. Thank you for being a part of this journey though I haven’t had much to say up until now. There really wasn’t much to share as we were going through the paperwork ordeal. :)

While we anticipate their homecoming, I’d like to be more intentional about sharing some things about adoption with you. You don’t have to be interested in adopting into your family to support adoption. There are lots of ways you can be part of an adoption, even if you are unable to adopt.

Here’s an excellent post sharing just a few ways. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future!

*Names have been changed to protect their identity until they are legally ours.


  1. Oh Christin, I am so thrilled for you and you can be sure I will be praying. One of our elders at church and his family have adopted 5 children and blog some about their lives at their blog. http://hebrewselevevone.blogspot.com/ Scott and I have talked so much about adopting but funds are definitely not there – some say we need to step out in faith and begin the process. Our hearts (our entire families) are so wishing to open our home and life up to loving and caring for more little ones.

    • Theresa, look at http://www.showhope.org. This is Steven Curtis Chapmans organization about adoption, and they have grants to help others adopt. If God has given your family the desire to open your home and your hearts to adopt a child, He will provide the funds! :-)

  2. Congrats!!

  3. So very excited for you Christin dear!

  4. Natasha Metzler says:

    So. I immediately started crying. :) So, so excited for you. Praying for your family as you travel this season.

  5. Christin, I am thrilled and teary for you all!! Ii can say from experience that you will never forget that phone call and the first time you saw thoses photos. I wish I could give you a jumping up and down hug right now. It’s getting so close now. :)

  6. I joined Natasha in immediately crying over this. What beautiful, beautiful eyes…praying for you on this Journey! <3

  7. Ohmigosh, I am so excited for you! As a fellow AP my heart gushes any time I hear things like this. Crying tears of joy right now for you and your family. Huzzah!

  8. Kristi Brockschmidt says:

    Congratulations! My BIL’s brother has adopted 4 kids. 3 of them were siblings. They are such a beautiful family! May you be blessed with love and strength for your new adventure!

  9. How wonderful! So happy for you!

  10. Thanks for the link to my post!


  11. oh this is so exciting!

  12. Wow… that must be so incredibly exciting. Hope everything works out exactly as God wills it! Praying for you! Cass @ The Unplugged Family

  13. Sarah Wood says:

    My husband and I recently received our referrals for two girls from an African country too! My prayers are with you as you near the end!

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