“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
You may remember my dear friend, Sheri, from her earlier piece featured on Red Vine, Beacon of Hope. Sheri and I connected through our time volunteering at the Tears Foundation as we both mourned the loss of our first born children, my Caleb and her Tessa (both born in 2008). I gave birth to Abraham, and we prayed together for God to provide children for Sheri and her husband, Kevin. She held my hand at Samuel‘s baby shower and prayed over me when I told my friends I didn’t know if I was strong enough to endure the road ahead. Samuel was born, and came home from the NICU. We continued to pray that God would provide children for Sheri and Kevin. The road stretched out, and I know many who lifted the Blumbergs up in prayer asked God: “Have you forgotten, Lord? Where are the babies?”
Well, He hadn’t forgotten. Here is the rest of the story in Sheri’s own words:
During the holiday season of 2010, God told me “It’s time; talk to Kevin.” I had been thinking about the future of our family, and I really thought foster-adopt was the way for us. I also knew it would take a lot of time, and wouldn’t be an easy path. That holiday season, the urgency was stirred in my heart and mind; we talked, and agreed to start the process after the New Year.
I was right – it took a long time: almost a year to get licensed, then even longer waiting for a long-term placement. One newborn baby girl was with us for less than two days. A two-year-old boy was supposed to be a sure thing for us, but went with a family member literally hours before we were scheduled to get him. Months of waiting to hear about two sisters fizzled out. Then a simple phone call turned our world upside down, and two tiny little girls were delivered to our doorstep two hours later.
I was also right about it not being easy: a toddler and an infant dropped into your lap when you’re older and set into your grown-up ways would be challenging in the best of circumstances, but add trauma, birth parents, and social workers to the mix, and life becomes very complicated. We were told the girls would be going back to their family within a few months, and maybe we should consider getting another, permanent placement. But our girls were already OUR GIRLS – how do you just switch out kids like that? Every day, the story changed, and every day presented new challenges and new victories.
On Friday, February 27, 2015 we adopted our girls, Lily and Chloe, after a year-and-a-half of fostering them. I realized recently that our foster-adopt journey began four years ago. Four years ago, during the holiday season, when God stirred hope and urgency into my soul. Lily is four years old. She was born in December of 2010. At the very same time that she was taking her first breaths on this planet, God was whispering to my heart, “It’s time!”
He is always working, friends. Always. Wherever you are in your journey, hang on to the truth today that God is in control. He has not forgotten you or sidestepped you or chosen someone else over you. You are his precious, precious child, and His provision is perfect.
Your rainbow is coming.
Love, prayers, and rainbow tears,
If you have a rainbow story of your own (God providing for your family after a loss or struggle to have children), please email me at email@example.com. I would love to share it here on Red Vine.