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My family and I went camping this weekend.

A family getaway seems like a pretty normal thing, doesn’t it? For my family it was huge and not just because we were packing for a four day wilderness adventure for ten people. This is our second, family vacation in six years. Last year in August the adoptions for my five youngest siblings were finalized. We’d been in the process of adopting them from the foster care system for five years. That’s a very long time, especially when you live with the knowledge that a part of your family could be removed from your home at any moment.

I remember the first time we were able to get away as a family. It was the day after the adoptions were finalized. My mom broke down crying from relief. When you have several weekly visits with social services and paperwork to sign every time you cross state lines, you don’t really have the chance to get away. That time there was no paperwork to sign, no social worker to check in with. It was just us.

Fast forward again to this weekend, I had to leave a day early because of work and I was thinking about the significance of our camping trip on the drive home. It’s been a little over a year since the adoptions. We’re finally a family. After so many years of worrying that part of my family could be taken away, it’s not something we even have to think about anymore. We can get away and enjoy a vacation together. It’s a simple, normal thing but one that holds so much significance for us now. I thanked the Lord for His wisdom in the waiting and His faithfulness to all of us. I thanked Him for giving us this family. We’re a huge, crazy bunch and sometimes our house feels like a circus but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

What are you waiting for? Is it something that most people take for granted? Is it something that you’re not sure you’ll ever even receive?

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:28-29 ESV)

Sometimes God has us wait for things. Sometimes we have to wait for a long time in uncertainty but we can be certain of one thing, God is working for our good.

About Britta Valentine

saved by grace, writer of young adult fiction, and drinker of copious amounts of coffee

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