We're looking forward, God willing, to adding to this picture of hooligans above!
Since having our last child, Jordan, just over 5 years ago, Shari and I have prayed about adopting our next child. There are lots of complexities that have led us to pursue adoption, I'll write about those in future posts as we wait for our new baby. The process could take 12-18 months, so we are likely in for a long haul. For now, very simply, the reasons we are adopting:
1. We would love to have another child. Our children have been an unspeakable blessing to us. We think God has equipped us to have another. We think children are one of the chief ways God multiplies His Church and effect on the world. We never really thought we were "done" with our last child. Our boys are pumped about this decision.
2. I'm personally sick of complaining about abortion and doing nothing tangible to put pressure and focus on the shame and travesty it is. In future posts, I'll write more about why I think Christian families putting their money and lives where their rhetoric is will do more to change the culture of infanticide than any legislation will ever accomplish. If Shari and I can pull this off financially (a big excuse for many people), a great many others can.
3. There are orphans who need homes. Orphans are near to the heart of God. Everyone of us who claim to be Christians were orphans also. Now we are adopted sons and daughters. Our new child will be a full-ranking member of the Felich household. Such a transfer from orphan to son or daughter is a vivid reminder of our transfer from strangers to the covenants of promise to full ranking children of the King...by grace.
Like I said, there are many complexities concerning our decision to pursue adoption. For now, we are very excited and are geared up for the stressful wait. Your prayers are very much appreciated.