Before we stepped through the doorway, I turned to our spunky little friend, looked him straight in the eyes and said, “I feel like I’m about to give birth!” As always, he didn’t miss a beat and asked? “How long did the process take?” I thought about it just for a second and my answer even surprised me, “It took nine months…it took nine months!”
The realization of what we had been praying so diligently for and working so hard for (mounds upon mounds of paper work) had finally arrived. Nine months to be exact. So yes, I guess you could say that Kevin and I both were about to give birth, but in a totally different way than how we (or should I say, that I) gave birth to our three sons.
“Doc”, as he was so affectionately called by all adoptive parents, led Kevin and I through the door way of All God’s Children International’s adoption house located in Sofia, Bulgaria on March 13, 2000 to meet our Maria. Not only to meet her, but to bring her home.
Our hearts were racing, and they were soaring. Yes we were both very nervous, yet excited at the same time. We were finally going to meet our daughter that God had placed in our hearts.
Our liaison, “Doc” was incredible, and anyone who had the privilege of his companionship on their adoption journey will tell you this. He was a spitfire little man that was very knowledgeable, gracious, and knew the “ins and outs” and all the “right” government people in Bulgaria to speed up the process while you were over there. Doc wasn’t just his nickname, he was in fact a doctor that AGCI had hired to be a liaison for the families, to help them through the rest of the journey of their adoption process when they arrived in Bulgaria. He had but one flaw that we knew of, and that was his driving skills! (I am grinning from ear to ear as I write this part, chuckling to myself) The wheels had been taken away from him after a few scares from families and an escort was to accompany him, but that didn’t actually happen until after we had left. We experienced his driving and knew it was the right decision to have someone drive him around! He went on to be with the Lord a few years ago on an Easter Sunday. He loved the Lord, and loved the children of Bulgaria. What a blessing and privilege to have known him, and to have called him our friend.
It’s so hard to believe that it’s been 15 years ago today that we first laid eyes on our beautiful gypsy girl all of 5 years old, who had been told that her Mom and Dad were coming to get her and take her home. I know that it’s so cliche to say that we had a “surreal” moment, but really we kind of did! We knew that God placed Maria in our hearts, but nothing could have prepared us for what was about to take place.
She walked into the room and came right up to us with a smile that we will never forget. She had Kevin at “Daddy!” When she said this to him, he was a goner for sure.
I love this adoption quote and want to share with you what sums up quite eloquently how Kevin and I both have felt all these years…
“Born not from our flesh, but born in our hearts. You were longed for and wanted and loved from the start.” ~ Unknown
I could go on forever in sharing Maria’s adoption story. It’s truly beautiful, with so many precious memories tucked away. But just like Maria, I too have a beautiful adoption story…
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5 NLT
Aren’t you so thrilled my friend that our Papa God decided in advance to adopt you and me into his own family through his son Jesus! This is what he wanted to do….and it gave him great pleasure!
Papa God, as I reflect on our adoption journey of Maria 15 years ago today, I thank you for the love that you have for her, and the love that you have for me. The kind of love that was in your heart before the foundation of this world. The love that came out of giving your own son Jesus. Thank you, for adopting me into your own family!