This December, I will be running my third 13.1 mile race. This one won’t be in Austin, and it won’t just be for fun.
This September, at the Influence Conference, I met a gal named Sarah Wood. I met her early in the morning at the She Reads Truth optional devotional time. My heart clicked with her instantly. She had just finished an early morning workout and she was ready to dive into the word of God. Then, after hearing her story I couldn’t let it go. The next morning, we planning to meet to work out. We both weren’t sure if we were going to make it given the late night chatting. She of course made it to the gym and did a full workout. I was running very late, but the only thing that got me out of bed was Sarah. We hadn’t exchanged phone numbers so I couldn’t tell her I wasn’t going to make it. So I went, and every step I took I thought and prayed for her and her girls. Her story pushed me that morning, and it still does today.
I asked her to share her story with you…
Do you ever have the feeling that God is writing your life’s story in a way that you would never have imagined? I have had that overwhelming sense for the past two years of my life as my husband, Jason, and I were attempting to expand our family.
We had been trying to conceive for a year when we realized that God was calling us to grow our family through adoption. Jason and I desired to be a family that cares for the orphan and had plans to adopt some day in the future, we just thought it would be later in life! We believed (and still do) that every child deserves to have a family and it was clear that God was preparing us to be one of those families now, not later.
It was one year ago this month when my husband and I walked into an adoption agency and started working on our home study for our international adoption. Looking back now, I had no clue what I was signing up for! This journey to bring home our children has been one of the most challenging, exciting, and stretching seasons of my life. God has shown Himself to be so faithful and gracious as we continue to say “yes” to His plans and die to our plans on a daily basis.
Before I get too ahead of myself (I tend to do that), I want to give you some details on our adoption. This past April, we received the most beautiful pictures of two little sisters who were 1 & 2 years old and were asked if we wanted to pursue them and adopt them into our family. With no hesitation, we emailed our agency back and said a resounding “YES!” We were told that our wait would probably be 8-10 months before we brought home G + M from a country in central Africa (due to my agency’s request, we do not share their names or country on social media). We got to work on the paperwork and fundraising right away (we had actually already been fundraising, but now we had names and pictures!). We knew our adoption fees would be close to $60,000 because we were adopting two children, but we knew that God would provide.
Since then, we have walked through many hurdles in our adoption process. We are seven months into the wait and are not nearly as close to the end as I had hoped. We probably have another 7-10 more months of waiting, which increases the cost of our adoption process due to interim care fees we pay each month. BUT God has been faithful to provide over $40,000 so far and we know that He will continue to provide for us in many ways.
I should also mention that during this journey, God chose to open my womb and we are now expecting a little miracle baby in April! Our little family of 2 will soon turn into a family of 5 in a matter of one year! When we found out we were pregnant, we knew without a doubt that God was writing a story for our family that will be a testimony to His goodness and faithfulness!
As we continue to wait to bring home G + M, I am expectant to see His hand move in miraculous ways for our family! – Sarah Wood
….because of this story, I decided to give my 13.1 miles a purpose. That purpose is Sarah and her family, and I’m offering you the opportunity to partner with me. My goal is to raise a small $40/ mile toward the Wood Family adoption. If you can’t give $40, please give a $1, $5 , $10 whatever you are able to. Help change the lives of two sweet girls. You can give your contribution today using paypal right here :
Thank you for listening, thank you for joining us in this amazing life project.