Journal Entry from Abby - Part I
Our adoption journey started on February 14, 2008-Valentine's Day. Mom and dad had decided that God had put something in their hearts telling them to adopt. The question of should we adopt had come up before, but this year it had come up more than ever. Mom and dad had chosen to go ahead and send in an application to AWAA and then eventually tell my brother and I. Me, the only daughter, had always said no to adoption, but I could never tell why. Maybe it was because I didn't want my dad to have another little girl, or my mom to have another daughter she could tell girl things to. On Valentine's Day, God had sent me a message, the message of adoption. I had been invited to the Steven Curtis Chapman concert by my best friend, Anna, and of course said yes. Then on the eve of the concert, Anna's parents invited my parents and brother to come to the concert too. We were all headed off for a great evening. Reaching our seats, my friend and I placed our handmade posters on the floor and eagerly waited. I leaned over and asked Anna, "What's the theme behind this concert?" "Adoption," she said. I thought to myself, did my friend just say adoption, the topic my family has been struggling with for several weeks? I didn't think about it anymore and just put the whole idea away. The concert began and the music and messages that Steven Curtis Chapman delivered were outstanding. Then came one song titled, "Children of God." Mr. Chapman introduced this song by saying that we are all children of God, no matter what color skin or hair we have. God adopted us, didn't he? This idea struck me. Why in the past had I always given the stubborn answer no. I sat thinking about how amazing it would to adopt a child, to save them from living in a orphanage their entire life, and to teach them The Word of God. God was speaking to me loud and clear, but this time I was listening. Adoption was a miracle! As Mr. Chapman called Anna and I up to the stage to join him in "Children of God," I was still in awe of how God was revealing that adoption was the right thing for our family. "Adopt," He whispered, "Adopt!"