Often the hardest assignments in our lives bring us the greatest good. I’ve seen it to be true in my own life. And have walked this Truth with friends on their journeys.
In this episode I’ve invited my friends Alice and Candace to share their stories of adoption. And the process of discovering their adopted children have special needs. We also discuss how God has led them each into new ministries because of the children He’s brought into their families.
I love seeing God’s purpose for Alice & Candace unfold alongside their leaning on Him for strength and guidance. Not to mention how they follow Him obediently with humor and grace!
I don’t know if God made Millie have autism or if that is a result of living in a fallen world. That’s something that I question every day. But I do know that the struggles that she has had more than anything else have shaped our family in a way that I think brings glory to God, more than the easy and fun and good things.–Alice
Alice and her family:
Candace and her family:
What we chat about:
- Meet Alice, Candace and their families
- Why each of their families chose to adopt
- Alice’s story of adopting internationally vs adopting domestically
- Discovering their adopted children’s special needs
- How growth for our children and our families happens in hard places
- It so good that God doesn’t show us the big picture of what he’s doing in our lives
- The struggles and joys of parenting a child on the autism spectrum
- Alice’s future plans for offering therapy with horses and assisting with children with special needs transitioning into jobs as adults
- Candace’s plans for helping foster children in a bigger way
- Praying through big decisions like adoption with your spouse and letting God change your hearts
- Adoption is hard on marriage, so you need to be on the same page
- How friends and community can support adoptive families
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