Our New Love

Without further ado, please let me introduce you to our new SON!!!

Tyson AnTao Abell

Can you believe it? Ryan and I are having a baby!!! Oh my, this little boy has my heart, and he has no idea. At the beginning of July, when Ryan and I were praying through the possibility of adopting again, I opened my Bible, looked down, and immediately saw a verse that brought me such peace. Isaiah 9:6 states, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given." In that moment, I knew that God had another son across the world for us.

When we started our first adoption process, we planned to adopt a child with cleft lip/cleft palate.
God had other plans and led us to Tucker.
When we started this adoption process, we thought God might be leading us to certain child.
He chose another family for that precious boy (and they are amazing!).
We then thought we would adopt an older child of maybe 5 or 6 years old. with a limb difference, blood condition, and heart defect.
God brought us back to where we started: a baby with cleft lip/cleft palate.
I emailed our sweet friend and social worker, Karla, on Thursday, January 8th and told her that I had spent the past month frantically searching for our child. I was staying up until 2:00 a.m. many nights looking at waiting children. For much of December, I felt like God was telling me to be still, but I ignored Him and continued my frantic search. I wanted to make sense of why we were not chosen for the other sweet boy by finding who God had been leading us to all along. In my email that Thursday, I told Karla that I was done looking for our child. I was ready to obey and be still. I wrote Karla...
"...with that said, we are going to relax and be patient. We trust that you are walking closely with the Lord. If He leads you to a child that makes you think of our family, please let us know. After my frantic searching, I am ready to rest a bit, trust Him, and let you do your job."
I settled in with the idea that we might hear from Karla in a few weeks. The next afternoon, I put Liam and Tucker down for a nap, my phone rang, and my adoption agency's name appeared on my phone. I heard Karla's voice on the other end telling me that she had a file for us to consider viewing, one that she had just received. After hearing a few details, I stated that I would absolutely love to see his file. This was the face that awaited me when I opened the email.

Tyson is a 15 month old boy from Guangxi Province, and this is wild, but we were in China the day he was born - a precious little God wink for us. Like I said before, we were not expecting our son to be a little one this age or have cleft lip/cleft palate.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways" (Isaiah 55:8)

We decided to take the weekend to open our hearts and pray for God to guide us. I knew that Ryan was especially drawn to children 5-6 years old because so many older children wait to be chosen by families. In my prayers, I told God that if this little boy was our son, He would really have to speak to Ryan's heart. I spent the weekend in prayer, studying God's Word, and awaiting His answer. On Sunday afternoon, I cannot explain it. I felt the most beautiful, most gentle peace, something I had not experienced for the past month.

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7)
I sat in my living room and felt such a sense of completeness. Through this little boy, God was finishing the work He started in our hearts 2 1/2 years ago, and peace, the sweetest peace washed over me. I kept my feelings to myself, staying quiet to allow God to guide Ryan. I am so thankful to be married to a man who strives to follow Jesus and opens his heart to God's will. He felt God's moving in his heart at church on Sunday, in his Bible study on Monday, and at work on Tuesday. Ryan sent me a text that afternoon saying, "Maybe we need to get some chips and queso tonight?" This is our tradition when making a big decision and taking a big step forward in our lives. I WAS GIDDY WITH EXCITEMENT!! When we talked that night, God had given Ryan the same peace, joy, and excitement He had granted me on Sunday! My heart was bursting!

We submitted our Letter of Intent (LOI) to adopt Tyson the next day on Wednesday, January 14th. Karla sent our letter to China on the 15th, and the officials in China granted us PreApproval (PA) on Friday the 16th!!! Now we await our Letter of Acceptance (LOA). We are currently part way through that process, as our dossier was Out of Translation on December 22nd. God is growing a deep love in our hearts for Tyson, and we cannot wait to hold this precious boy in our arms. Thank you for sharing in our excitement that we will have a new son, the boys will have a new brother, and there will be one less orphan in this world! We love you, Tyson AnTao Abell!!
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