(From AWC-Part 3) “Across town another group of people were praying too. They were praying about how to help Kevin and Sarah.”
Just after the New Year rolled around the small group leader of the Bible study group Kevin and Sarah attended regularly called and asked to come over for a few minutes after they had finished their Saturday morning breakfast. An hour later as they sat across from one another at their kitchen table with cups of coffee Cliff got right to the point quickly.
“Guys,” Cliff began, “about a week before Christmas our group had a meeting.”
Sarah and Kevin shot each other glances. Had they forgotten something? Their small group was like extended family to them and they never missed an opportunity for fellowship with them.
Cliff laughed and held up his hand, “It’s okay, you didn’t stand us up or anything. We planned this little get together so we could, well, frankly, talk about you.”
“Talk about us how?” Sarah asked.
“How we could best help you adopt.”
Kevin sighed and shook his head, “Cliff we appreciate that but really, what can you all do but just what you have been doing? Praying.”
“Kevin, Sarah we’re going to add onto your house. Four more bedrooms, two more baths and bump out the kitchen. Ted is a general contractor, Reagan is an architect and she’s going to draw up the plans, the Mill’s brothers are homebuilders, contractors, Keith’s a plumber, Tommy’s a licensed electrician and all the rest of us have enough experience that with such qualified supervisors we can do this.” Cliff sat back and let the news soak into the couple’s minds for a few minutes and then before either could bring it up, he added, “Oh, and we’ve collected enough in a special love offering at the church to cover to cost of the addition. So, sure hope you guys are ready to get started for Reagan will be here to take some measurements and look at your current house plans in about ten minutes and we plan to start construction next Friday evening.”
Sarah stammered, “W-W-Why in such a hurry?”
Cliff grinned, “Because there are six children waiting on us.”
Kevin and Sarah drew deep breaths and started to cry.
True to Cliff’s word the following Friday a swarm of people arrived at Sarah and Kevin’s and had things ready to lay the new foundation for the next morning. Work processed regularly and steadily. Many weekends Kevin and Sarah weren’t even home. They spent as many weekends as possible getting to know six children.
By the time the adoption was final the kids had already decorated their new rooms and settled into new schools. Kevin and Sarah were adjusting too but throughout the days and nights, long after they stood before the probate judge and the adoptions were finalized their homes walls echoed with laughter and prayer.
That Christmas after the last child was upstairs pretending to be going to sleep their new parents sat in front of their not as perfectly decorated Christmas tree waiting to fill six stocking hung from their mantle the dad began to chuckle as the mom slipped to her knees to rearrange the packages beneath one more time wanting them to be in six sections without looking like six separate sections.
“What’s so funny?” Sarah asked, looking up at him. “Did you put something in my hot chocolate?”
“No I did not. But I am remembering a conversation we had right here last year when you were afraid you’d never be able to love another woman’s child. I’d say you’ve overcome that obstacle quite well.” Kevin said, kneeling down to kiss his wife.
Sarah returned his kiss and smiled. “I guess I have some of my Father’s heart for another woman’s child after all.”