I am so excited to introduce Diana Ward to you. She sits at the White Table with me and is an amazing woman with an incredible adoption journey to share. Thank you Diana for opening up your heart to us:
Walking in hope
I feel like I was born with a heart for adoption. As a child, my sister and I would play orphanage and have elaborate adventures caring for assorted baby dolls without parents. My husband, an adoptee himself, shares this heart, so when we decided to start a family, adoption was our first choice.
After piles of paperwork, months of classes, and hours of interviews, we were certified to adopt through the Texas foster care system. We waited for social workers to find us a “match.” What excitement and anticipation – and helplessness. We had done our part, now we could do nothing but wait, trusting that God would move the hearts of others to
bring us the child or children that He wanted to be in our family.
And He did! But not in the way we were expecting. Chatting casually with a friend one day, I brought up our heart for adoption. She mentioned knowing someone who was pregnant and interested in making an adoption plan with a Christian family. We set up a meeting with the birthmother, and it didn’t take long for us to agree this was right.
Eight weeks later, the day Hannah was born was one of the most surreal days of my life. The nurses handed me a baby and called me “Mommy.” Life changed forever, as any first-time mother knows.
We were able to plug into adoption groups and hear other families’ stories. I realized that though we felt called to adopt and jumped into the process with joy and anticipation, many other families came to adoption after long and difficult roads of infertility and loss. A room of adoptive parents is a room of complex emotions – joy, gratitude and grief. Much of this I didn’t understand.
Then it became a part of our story. We have been trying to get pregnant for a year, and we did, only to miscarry a couple weeks later. I know this part of our story is more common than people like to talk about. It’s real, and it’s hard.
There were myriad emotional ups and downs throughout the adoption process and the past year, and I’ve been asked how we could keep our faith through everything. My answer is how could we not? Even on the toughest days, the only thing that helped me find any peace was my faith that God had a plan and we were just called to keep walking forward.
If you feel like God may be calling you to walk forward into adoption, I would love to talk to you; come find me at the White Table. Also, there is a conference coming up in Austin on February 11th – A Future and a Hope – where local adoptive parents and adoption professionals will be sharing their stories and basic adoption information. If you have questions about the adoption process, please consider attending this conference! I’ll be there. We don’t know how God will bring the rest of our children into our family, but we’re going to be ready. 🙂
“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
Diana is wife to Brett for 7 years andmommy to 2-year-old Hannah. She blogs at Life on Olive Street where you can find her latest craft projects, recipes and family adventures.