There's a simple and a complex answer. The simple one is...we feel ready for child number 3 and when we think about the fact that there are 147 million orphans, 147 million children that need a mom and dad, it kinda made sense for us to go this route for our next child.
Now for the complex...this has been on our hearts for a while now, we even talked about it while we were dating. When Alyssa was just a week old, we both felt that our next child would probably not come from my womb. Back in the spring we revisited this idea of adopting and the more we prayed and looked into it, the more we felt convinced that is the direction for our family. The verses from Proverbs 31:8-9 really stand out to me now..."Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." I can no longer ignore the fact that there are millions and millions of children in need of parents, home, food and love. If I knew that either Carter or Alyssa were sitting on the side of a road starving, or sitting alone in an orphanage...no amount of money, no person, nothing would stop me from doing all that I could to go get them and bring them home. It is by God's grace alone they were born into a home where they are loved and well fed. I am convinced I have another child out there waiting to become ours.