Friday, August 14, 2009

Going “Green”

The adoption process has brought attention to the fact that my “Green” card needs to be renewed. You wouldn’t believe (unless you-too are an “alien”) what kind of intimidating and oppressive atmosphere they create at the USCIS Office (a.k.a. “Immigration”). While at the immigration office I met a lady who overheard me mentioning that I was in the process of an International adoption. She shared with me that she recently adopted a 4-year-old special-needs boy from China. She gushed as she talked about her son stating, ”This is the best thing my Husband and I have ever done.” Her child has Cerebral Palsy.

Her next statement was, “I have learned so much about what it means to be adopted by God.” Wow. The more I’ve thought about her statement the more God has shown me that He loves us just as we are. He adopted us with all our imperfections. He takes full responsibility for our care. He gladly becomes our source for all of our needs, both spiritual, as well as natural. His grace and His love give us hope for a future, just like this little boy from China!

I’m thankful to God for the divine appointment of meeting this woman while standing in line at the Immigration office. She was from Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is where most of my extended family lives. It was such an encouragement to me (and a really-cool “small-world” moment…) as we continue on this adventure of bringing our boys home.


  1. Hi!, This is Kathy from Opelika,AL. I am so excited for you guys !!! Bro. Paul and Anita told me all the wonderful news !! We also are adopting a special needs little girl ( she is about 10 months old now) and hope to be in China around Christmas to get her. We are so in Love with this little girl. Your boys are precious and you are so blessed to be their mom and dad ! I will be following....

  2. Beautiful! I remain believing and praying with you! Cant wait for the t-shirts to come out! Big Hug!

  3. I am sooooo supportive of your willingness to adopt two children of God from Ethiopia. I am in prayer that all goes according to God's will and that you will be continually blessed by having them in your life. I am so blessed to see this news today and I am praying as you are an inspiration!

  4. Hi David and Kathleen,
    My name is Terri and I am so thrilled to learn of your adoption story. I too started the process to adopt these two boys. I too fell in love with them in an instant, so did my two boys and husband. We started the process, but ran into some snags (husband needing neck surgery, etc) and during it I felt God had another plan...and he did, you and David!!! When I heard there was another family that was further along in the process I prayed about it and felt total peace that God wanted the boys in another home. That they were someone else's children. Now, seeing how God was connecting the dots all along between you and the Worton family and makes beautiful sense. God is so good. I too am an adopted child. As an adult I found my birth parents and have come full circle. My family has grown and grown! I still have my heart open and will always have a heart for the orphan and Africa!! My life has been changed and it all started with my friends Emily and Moody (Team Alexander-Soli Deo Gloria) who led me to Katie in Uganda, who led me to Kelly Putty...God is so Good!! I cannot wait until these boys are in your arms and home!!! God bless you Kathleen and David!!!