We are pleased to let you all in on the next endeavor in the life of the Mears’. In true “Michael and Katie” fashion, we’ve ordered up a huge helping of life-change all at once for the year 2009.
In 2005, we got married, went on our honeymoon, and, within a week of returning from that, got the job at CCF which would change the future of our family immensely.
In 2007, we bought a house in January, moved in in Februrary, brought home our first child, Jake the dog in March, found out we were expecting our second child, Michael Paul the kid, and then brought him home in November of that year.
So, why not do some more big stuff this year? We both have always felt called to adoption. Jesus commands us to care for widows and orphans (James 1:27) and also tells us, “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do also for me.” (Matthew 25:40) However, I (Katie) have always felt strongly about adopting older children from fostercare who were less likely to be adopted while Michael was interested in international adoption. We’ve contemplated whether our next step would be to have another child of our own or to go with adoption first. We’ve prayed and prayed and prayed and have both been given the same answer. We are seeking an adoption of one or more children from the Florida state foster care system this year. We begin required parenting classes February 7th. We are excited! We are so thrilled to be jumping in, knowing this is what God has ordained for our lives at this time.
Now that Michael Paul is one we started getting the questions, “When are you going to have another one?” Last month I had the privilege to read the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan. If you claim to be a Christ-follower, you should read it. It challenged me to live my life more abandoned for God and to get out of my comfortable home and comfortable cars and live a life where Christ is reflected in my actions and not just in my words. This continued to spark our desire for adoption.
We ask that you pray for us in this time. Please pray that God would bring us the child (or children) who are meant to be a part of our family, that He would prepare us to welcome a new child in and expand the love we have. Please pray for our child or children who is now, more than likely, in a bad home situation, possibly suffering from abuse or neglect or is being passed around to different foster homes and not know where they fit in to the world. Also, please pray God would make it financially possible for me to stay home with the kids full-time sometime in the near future. This an intense desire of our hearts and we know God can do it.