Happy Birthday Calvin!

Today is the day when Calvin gets to officially say “I’ll be thirty next year.”  That’s right, today is Calvin’s 29th birthday!  This seemed like an appropriate time to reflect on what an amazing friend and partner he has been to me in this process.

I’ve said before that Calvin and I talked about adoption before we got married, but in a someday kind of way.  There was one day, over a year ago, when I knew that someday was already here and it was time to start.  That time also corresponded with us buying our first house, having two children under two and me being a stay at home mom.  Calvin had everything on his shoulders, and yet, when I shared my crazy news from God he was all in.  Within two weeks of beginning to talk and pray we had selected a county, turned in applications and moved full speed ahead toward our sweet Liam.  Charlotte was only 6 months old at this time… not sleeping through the night.  Elliott didn’t adjust well to the move and wouldn’t stay in his bed.  We were both up all night.  And he never once said “can we even handle another child right now?”  I attribute these things not only to my husbands gentle manner but to his relationship with the Lord.  He was in a place that he could clearly see what God was telling us and didn’t hesitate to take action.

God has been so faithful this year.  We said yes and He didn’t skip a beat.  I’ve been provided with a job I love, we have been surrounded with friends and family who have joined our adoption story in a big way and we are getting closer to bringing our son home with each passing day.  As evidenced above, our family would never be in this position had Calvin not been a Husband who leads his family according to God’s will.  He said yes when there could have been doubt.

I’m writing this to honor my husband on his birthday, but not to glorify him.  All glory for what we have and will do goes to the Father.  Thank you God for giving me Calvin.  Thank you for his sensitive spirit but his desire to be strong in leadership.  I trust You and therefore I trust him.

About the author

Erica

Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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