This is a question a lot of people have for us, especially since we adopted after having 5 children biologically. Just the other day, a dear friend of mine blogged about this very subject & her words pretty much sum it up. Please take a moment to go check out the post here.
I also get questions about how we knew "where". The answer is the same as "why?": God. I was rocking Kendi this morning & watching the other two little ones playing on the floor when it hit me again...I become very emotional when I think of the journey to each of our children. Each journey was very different, but one aspect was the same: God would place an undeniable tugging on my heart that would become almost urgent in nature to the point I would become consumed with praying & seeking where it was He wanted us to go. I wish I could say it was always easy to understand or that I just said, "Ok!", because it wasn't like that. We would wrestle, pray, "quit", wrestle some more, pray...& then finally ask & surrender. Seems I always tend to leave that surrender part out, but once we would remember that it was crucial to hearing God & then following, the paths to our children would become more clear. And, honestly, each "path" was not at all the one we originally thought we ought to be on (you know, our plan vs. His plan). I said I would never do foster care, never adopt internationally, that I couldn't imagine that a birth mother would ever choose a large family for her baby. I am thankful each & every day that where I saw never, God saw the possibilities & the opportunity to stretch & grow our family's faith, transform our minds, & increase our capacity to love.
I don't know if God will call us to adoption again. But I know that there will be a day that He calls us again to something. I pray that I have ears to hear the invitation & that my response is an unwavering, "Yes, Lord" because I can't imagine what my life would look like if I had not said "yes" to adoption.
How about you? Is the Lord tugging on your heart? Please let me know if I can pray for you about something...Either leave me a comment or contact me through the email linked to my profile.