God is up to something here!

December 15th, 2010

We are still so new to this whole special-needs adoption scene, but even we can see that God is working!

He is working on behalf of these little fatherless ones, working in the hearts of His people, working to remove the mountains that separate them.

A few of you will remember from months ago that God was leading a friend of mine toward adoption of a child with Down syndrome.

We were thrilled this past week to hear from a different friend who is also interested in adopting a child with Down syndrome, and God has opened doors for her family to start the adoption process now!

The same day, another sister with four young children told me that as she and her husband are planning to apply for their next adoption in the spring, they are seriously considering Down syndrome!

At almost the same time, I found out that another friend with a large family just opened a small internet business called gracenotes, and will be donating half of her proceeds to help families with adoption costs.

This week I received a note from yet another friend with a large family who said that over the past year, God has been drawing her heart toward adoption of a baby with Down syndrome!

Over the past week, God has been MOVING among His people on behalf of a little girl named Olga. I urge you to take time to click on that link and PRAISE GOD with us!

Is it any wonder that I am awestruck?


Do any of you remember me telling how God connected us with a particular adoption agency and specialist?

I’ll recap.

My sister’s childhood friend, Kim Zimmerman, told me about a good friend of hers, Stephanie, who is adopting her third daughter with cerebral palsy.  Yes, her first two adopted daughters also have cerebral palsy.  Their new little girl is Kristina, nick-named Tin-Tin.  We helped as we were able, and prayed that God would bring Tin-Tin home to her family soon!

Then as I went in search of information for our family’s adoption, I found a country that does not have a limit on how large an adoptive family is.  There were a few other factors that made it look like a good fit for us.  That led me to a small Christian adoption agency called Lifeline, based in Alabama, only to find that their adoption specialist for this country shared our area code.  She called me, and we connected immediately!

After a helpful conversation, she gave me her name, and I was moved to tears as I realized that this Stephanie was Stephanie Carpenter, Tin-Tin’s adoptive mother!

This past week, I heard this marvelous news of how God moved on Tin-Tin’s behalf!

Then this morning, we received this wonderful update!

Does God still hold the king’s heart in His hands?  Does He still own the cattle on a thousand hills?  Does He still move mountains?  Is He still a refuge for the oppressed?

Yes, yes, yes!  YES!

And I promise to stop stalling, and write our own family’s adoption update next, as it is growing by the day.  God has been acting in ways we can’t miss!

One more thing…

He has sent a friend (yes, a different friend than any I mentioned above!) to walk alongside me and help research the adoption laws.  She and her husband also have a large family, and God has moved in their hearts to adopt, like He has moved in ours.  And like us, federal income requirements stand in their way.

She recently emailed~

“Susanna, I wanted to share a verse with you that I read on another adoption blog.  When I read it really was the Living Word.  It pierced right into my heart and there it remains.  I thought it might bless you too.


‘I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze, and cut through their iron bars. And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden wealth of secret places, in order that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by name.’  Isaiah 45:2-3″

This is what we are praying for Olga and for all other children who have been thrown away by their earthly fathers, but who are precious in the sight of their Heavenly Father.

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4 Responses to “God is up to something here!”

  1. Marilyn Osborn says:

    So very thrilled to hear an update!  Anxiously waiting to see Him glorified through this amazing process!

  2. Ginger says:

    That is so awesome! Our God is AWESOME! He is a faithful Father to the fatherless. All glory to Him!

  3. Kim says:

    I would have to say that anyone reading your blog and special thoughts and prayers about your sweet Verity has been drawn, awakened, and renewed about their thoughts and hopes concerning Downs.  Years ago, I would have been one of those young mothers who would say and did say, “I pray for a healthy baby…”, but now that I have been enlightened, through the grace of God and you, I would desire differently now. Our family has recently been certified through our state to be a foster family and I am wondering if God is preparing us for something very special!  Thanks for letting God use you in a mighty way!  
    Wonder if I will ever get to meet you when you are next visiting Lynn?! 

  4. Misty says:

    So amazing!  God is good!

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