The Inspiration to Adopt: God’s Calling, a Guest Post by Kim Young

You are in for a treat today!  Welcome guest blogger Kim, from Mom Tried It. Kim does all kinds of craft projects and other neat-o things and shares them with the world!  For example, her Rice Cake Revamp.  Oh boy, my kids are going to love that!!  But today, she’s sharing a personal story that will tug at our heartstrings!  Leave a comment and let Kim know how special she is!

Never underestimate the voice you have with your blog. It doesn’t matter the size of your audience or what you think your reach is. There are always factors at work bigger than you.

About 6 months ago, my husband and I felt like God was preparing us for something. Something BIG. We had no idea what was in store for us, but we prayed for guidance. I started to get this gnawing feeling that I was supposed to looking into the adoption process. My first thought – NO WAY!! I have a 12 month old and a 3 year old (at the time). I’m good. In fact, I am so good that I had a tubal ligation (tubes tied).

So I ignored the feeling. Obviously I must be in some hormonal surge due to my cycle. It will pass.
A couple of months later, I still felt the lingering nudges, but this time I didn’t want to acknowledge them for a different reason. I was afraid to bring it up to my husband. Let’s face it, by the time he comes home from work, I have worked through all of my patience. I’m trying to get dinner cooked while refereeing entertaining two young children. He thinks I go crazy with the two we have now (and he is right sometimes). I could just imagine what he would say if I mentioned adding more to the mix. Here is a picture of me with my two now.

Adopt Us Kids

One day while my son was at preschool and my daughter napped, I got on my computer to do some work for my blog and try to get the hang of twitter (I was having serious issues adjusting to twitter). I was on twitter for about 5 minutes and all of a sudden I saw #AdoptUSkids hashtag every where. So I check it out. Turns out Amy Lupold Bair (@resourcefulmom) was hosting a twitter party in the middle of the day about adoption. Now I am not the most well versed person on twitter, but I have caught on that parties usually happen in the evening. Not during the middle of the day. So I chimed in and got some cool information. I start thinking about it more and more. I go to different websites and see faces of children that need loving homes. Despite ALL of my flaws, I am a loving person and a loving mother. My heart aches and yearns for these children, but I still do nothing.

Two days later, count ‘em: one-two, I am reading this very blog. I see this guest post, by Nicole Wick. I read a beautifully woven story about a woman that found faith, devotion, and love in Hannah’s story (in 1 Samuel of the Bible). She goes through things about Hannah that I never thought of. The wishes Hannah may have had, her longing, her devotion, her faith, and the biggest – her love. I never looked at the birth mother’s point of view like that before. I had always imagined a completely different scenario.

Nicole’s post was exquisite. The most compelling part is that Nicole was adopted as a very young child. This post sat on my heart all day.

Now picture me sitting on my couch with my fingers in my ears chanting “la la la la, I can’t hear you.” That is how I was feeling. That is what my head was telling God. Well thank goodness that He is more powerful than my stubbornness. That night I talked with my husband about adoption. We had discussed it in the past (a few times), but it was something we were considering down the road. You know 10-15 years from now, not anything immediate. The conversation went better than I thought it would. We agreed to continue praying about it.

A week later my son starts talking about little boys and girls that don’t have Mommies and Daddies and how it makes him sad. He refuses to be out of my sight for over a week. When asked about it, he says that God told him all about those kids. They are called orphans.


One morning he comes up to me and says, “Mommy, you know those kids with no Mommies and Daddies? I am not sad for them any more. God told me that one of them is going to come live with us and we will be his family.”


The next day I get a brochure from an adoption agency in my mailbox. It is addressed to a family with a completely different name (I mean not even close to ours), a street address that could never be mistaken for ours, and in a different city than ours (WAY different).

So…God has a few marketing tricks up his sleeve! I got hit with some subtle nudges. Then I got hit with a social media campaign. A direct reference and recommendation soon followed. A direct mailer arrived in my mailbox. All followed up by an onslaught of word of mouth references. It seemed everywhere I went, I ran into people that were adopting, had been adopted, or were in the foster care system as a child.

I finally got it. My husband and I started looking into the adoption process through the foster care system. We are currently taking our required classes for licensing in our state. We have had home visits and filled out mounds of paperwork. If all goes as scheduled, we should be licensed foster/adoptive parents by the middle of April.

There are still more decisions that need to be made on our part, I am glad we got it before God decided I needed to be hit by a bus with a big adoption ad on the side of it.

While there were many factors that weighed in on our decision to pursue adoption, I cannot dismiss the fact that this blog had a huge part in preparing my heart. I don’t know how many readers Sarah has, but I am just one of them. Her blog had a big impact on my life.

So I tell you again. Never underestimate the voice you have with your blog. It doesn’t matter the size of your audience or what you think your reach is. There are always factors at work bigger than you.

Kim Young of Mom Tried It

And as if God didn’t put ALL the pieces together perfectly, I found out there is another #adoptUSkids Twitter event again tomorrow (Tuesday, February 23)!! Visit Resourceful Mommy for the info and to RSVP.

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. Cathy
    Twitter: CathyIsReal

    What a truly wonderful story. Sometimes timing is just everything….one day, one minute, one hastag on Twitter. You just never know!
    .-= Cathy´s last blog ..Baked Pasta with Roasted Veggies-It’s Meatless Monday! =-.


  2. Jenn Calling Home says:

    What a beautiful story. It brought tears and a few goosebumps. I’m so glad to hear that you’re going through the foster care system. My daughter put on a one-day horse camp for a family that had adopted 8 siblings. It was a wonderful experience and a real eye opener. God bless you as you move forward on this.


  3. Wow. Just wow. Keep us posted on this family!
    .-= Jessica A Parent in Silver Spring´s last blog ..Washington DC Saturday February 27 Family Event With Mirasa Designs & Giveaway =-.


  4. Kim, you are an incredible person and a hugely inspiring one, too. What an amazing story. I knew you were adopting, I didn’t know this background. Wow. Just, wow.
    .-= Ellen´s last blog ..A big purple "Thank you!" Plus, escape from momhood =-.


  5. Thank you for this, it inspired to me to post my own adoption story, its my latest blog post. I hope that someone that needs to see it, sees it.
    .-= Brie´s last blog ..My Oldest Son =-.


  6. So cool, Kim! I knew that you guys were going through this process but I didn’t know blogs and Twitter had something to do with it…Go God =)
    .-= Melissa Multitasking Mama´s last blog ..What is this blog for anyway? =-.


  7. Praise God for your faithfulness and obedience to His voice, either through your children or just in listening in your own heart. What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Teesa Klear´s last blog ..We Heart Shaun White =-.


  8. Oh Kim, I’m so excited for you. We have several couples at our church who are in various stages of the same process and it so exciting.
    And your story is amazingly well written, when your son came in and told you one was coming to your house, I almost cried.


  9. Hi Kim,
    You will be so blessed and so will any child who will get to live in your home and be a part of the family. Thank you for sharing this wonderful part of your life.


  10. Carrie Bond
    Twitter: carriejbond

    What a wonderful story. My husband and I started our training to become foster to adopt parents on Saturday. God has spoken to us in similar ways and we are relying on His promises that He equips those that He calls.


  11. Ann Marie @ Household6Diva says:

    Kim – you. are. an inspiration!!
    (I am covered in goosebumps…)

    I really like the way you wrote this story… ‘GULP’ included!!! I am so excited to see what God has in store for you!! Yes – Yes – please keep us posted on this! 🙂


  12. WOW! I got goose bumps while reading this. We too have talked about adoption for our distant future. It’s posts like this that remind me why I love reading blogs. Thank you for sharing, please keep us posted!


  13. Knock, knock…hello, it’s God and I have a plan for you!!!

    That’s the coolest story! I’ve gotten to know Kim through blogging and she has a wonderful heart. I’m so glad God has chosen her to be a foster/adoptive mom. She will do great!


  14. I LOVE this story. Mostly because it is so close to home. MY husband and I have been trying for a long time to get pregnant unsuccessfully. I have PCOS and it just isn’t in God’s plan for us to get pregnant. After a year or so of looking into private adoption, we finally listened to God and followed His plan for us to the foster/adoption path. What a blessing! We adopted our first placement – two brothers – that we had for a year in our home on National Adoption Day in November 2009. I can’t begin to explain what this has meant for our family – the entire family – grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. I am so pleased that your family went the foster/adoption route. There are so many kiddos that need someone to love them and this is such a great way to spread the love you share with us in your blog everyday. I will pray for you and your family!


  15. Wow! I knew she was adopting but the events leading up to it are so cool!

    Praise God for His clear direction to add another child into their family.

    Love you Kim!
    .-= Adventure Mom Janna´s last blog ..10 Ways I Don’t Act My Age =-.


  16. Kim, I am so excited for you! I have always have a burden to adopt through the foster system, and I’ve always wanted a lot of kids, so we’ll see how God works in my life & my husband’s life in the future! 🙂 I also feel totally frazzled with two kids, so we’ll see. 🙂
    .-= Carrie´s last blog ..Tot School =-.


  17. As a foster/ adoptive mom, I got such a chuckle at the “GuLP” of your story because I’ve known firsthand how persistent God can be when he calls us to task. He called me to adopt since I was a kid and I kept hitting the snooze, until one day he just poured cold water over my head. 🙂


  18. Thanks for your story. I have been having this nudge for quite a while, maybe even almost two years. I always push it back away, thinking of everything I went through to raise my four boys as a single mom, who are grown now. (I am 41). I have been remarried now for 4 years, to a man who lost his only child before he could ever hold him/her. He has never had the opportunity to raise a child, and he is a wonderful man. This thought hits me, almost everyday. If not with an internet ad, a special being broad casted on christian radio, or just popping into my head… I’ve been pushing it away for a long time. We have discussed it briefly, but my selfishness of our life together is rejecting the thought. I love children, and I loved being a mom. I just don’t see how I can do it all over again. So many thoughts rush into my head… what about money, will we ever get to travel, will I ever get to visit my family in California, will I have the patience, do I have the strength, what will my grown children think.. will they feel replaced or rejected? How will we afford a child? I am so worried about all of the details, I’m not even giving God the chance to bless us not to mention a child. If anyone reads this, please pray for me, to have the strength to talk to my husband tonight about it. Thanks so much for reading,


  19. I know this was posted a while ago but I am just now reading it. What a beautiful heartfelt post. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful experience with us! It was really touching!


    Twitter: reallifesarah

    Thanks Shauna! I get to see Kim again at a conference in a few weeks, and I am so excited!



  1. Suffer the little children… : Multi-Tasking Mama says:

    […] I love that verse.  If you want to be further inspired about this important topic, my friend Kim is guest posting on @RealLifeSarah’s blog.  You can read her touching story here. […]

  2. […] Kim’s story was so touching, I (and lots of other people) shed tears while reading it!  The comments poured in on Kim’s and Nicole’s posts, and I was honored beyond measure that they shared their stories here! […]

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