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Throw Your Plans Out the Window

One of the things I love/hate about foster parenting and adoption is all of the unknowns. On one hand, I love surprises. One the other hand, I’m a planner to a fault. With foster parenting, we can just be going through our day like nothing is out of the ordinary and then WHAM – get a phone call that turns our whole world upside down. (Side note: we haven’t been approved to be reopened yet. Two weeks to our deadline.) Typically with private adoption, the new parents get at least some timeline or due date but there are still a lot of unknowns. Some of our friends have been waiting to be matched for a private adoption for over a year and then this week, they suddenly had 2 potential matches…both several states away. With very little time to mentally prepare, they found out they were chosen by the first birth mom and immediately jumped in their car to head out to Kansas—an 11 hour drive to pick up their brand new, 1 month old son from the hospital. Surprise!

I think God likes to remind us that although we might make plans, He is ultimately in control and His timing is not often the same as ours. Part of why this is funny is that those friends were planning to babysit for our other friends while they take a work trip/vacation to Hawaii. Because they’re suddenly unavailable, we’re now babysitting Ali’s good buddy Jaron until further notice. Thankfully, we already had a bedroom all set up and ready to go for him!

Some posts I’ve written about “the call.”

Our “next kids” room.

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3 Responses to Throw Your Plans Out the Window

  1. anniegoat says:

    Aww that will be so fun! I can’t wait to see the pictures of those two playing. I wrote a post yesterday about gods timing (coming next week)

  2. Amber says:

    Hahaha. I read the title of this post and just started laughing. Throw your plans our the window is definitely the theme of Fostercare!! Even though our home was so perfectly prepared for a 5-12 year old, God stepped in with a 4-day old baby and we are have been reminded that once again, He’s the one in charge of this journey and not us. I thought we had it all planned out and we knew how this foster care thing was going to work, it would fit so nicely with our set schedule.

    And God just laughed. 🙂 It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us though!

    I’m so happy for your friends! And that you got to babysit and already had the room ready!

    • mahlbrandt says:

      It’s a great trial run to see how we do with 2 kids for a few days. On the plus side, we know and love him already and vice versa. On the negative side, it’s kind of like having 1.5 year old twins! It’ll either give us confidence or make us change our minds! Haha.

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