A few weeks ago, I got to see the awesomeness of adoption first hand.
My brother Will and his wife Tiffany adopted a baby boy!
They live in Nashville too and it was amazing to rush over to their house and experience the joy of that moment. Prior to that, I honestly didn’t know much about adoption. I didn’t realize how fast and slow the whole process can be.
For months they prayed and waited and filled out paperwork and did interviews and prepared their house. And then on a weekday night like any other they got a call. “This is the call you’ve been waiting for. Can you please come to the hospital? We’d love to introduce you to your baby.”
In the span of a 30 second phone call, my brother was a father. My sister-in-law was a mother. And a stranger in another city was a incredibly loved, incredibly cherished member of the Acuff family.
I don’t know if you’ve ever considered adoption, but a resource that I know has been extremely helpful to my friend Ken Coleman and countless others in their adoption process is the Adoption Journey Project. The Adoption Journey Project is a tag team, or more formerly pronounced “collective” of organizations who want to break down the barriers to adoption. (Bethany Christian Services, Lifesong fo Orphans and Lifeline Children’s Services are the organizations who teamed up.)
The goal is to create honest conversations about the adoption process, offer tons of easily accessible information about domestic and international adoption and perhaps coolest of all, connect people who have adopted already with those who are thinking about adopting. (The “Talk with a family in your area” feature is awesome!)
If you want to check out the free resouces they have for couples visit www.adoptionjourney.org. If you’re a pastor, there’s a free pastor kit with Orphan Sunday Resources. And if you’re on the Twitter, so are they! @adoptjourney.
Big shout out to my new nephew! Welcome to the Acuff family. Your uncle Jon will teach you how to breakdance and blog. Or start a breakdance blog. Whatever you’d prefer.
Big thank you to Adoption Journey! The work you guys do is critical!