We remained on the foster care roles but more and more because of God's call to take care of orphans and less and less because we wanted to have more children. We were licensed foster parents for almost 2 years before we actually got a call for a placement. We knew that we were in God's hands and that if he wanted us to care for a child He would bring that one our way.
In April of 2014 I was looking at shoulder surgery and was in such intense pain I practically ran to the operating table. It turns out my labrum, and rotator cuff were torn, the joint needed tightening, and I had to have a bone spur removed. The severity of my problems may or may not have had something to do with carrying Zack down mountains in said ski trip :) Before I went to surgery on April 24th DHR called me about a
After the surgery I was not able to do many of my daily tasks for about a month. It was pretty much humbling times 5000, but by the middle of May I was able to have my arm out of the sling a little and physical therapy was going well. June 15th we got a call from DHR about a baby boy who needed a home. We said Yes immediately. It was such a timing of God moment. I wouldn't have been able to care for him when he was born on May 29th. I was not allowed to carry him at that point. As God would have it our house was already prepared for a baby because of the call we had gotten in April. God is gracious.
There are so many amazing God moments in this that I am just going to list them for you. I don't want to write a book here or you may get bored and miss the good parts so here are the highlights, or better yet the God fingerprints:
- Caleb, Jeff, and Zack's birthdays are all 1 day apart.
- Caleb was in a good foster care home for his first 3 weeks. They felt they needed to give him up because there was a woman with whom Caleb's birth mom wanted him to be placed. They were growing attached to our sweet baby and did not think their children, especially their adopted child, would cope well with removing Caleb from their home. If this woman wasn't a placement option, Caleb would still be in that first home.
- Caleb was placed in our home with the full understanding that he would be moved in a couple of months. We were not at all anxious. We just trusted God to work. He did.
- From the very beginning of having Caleb I prayed that God's will would be done on Earth as it is done in Heaven regarding Caleb. This gave me the courage to place my trust and faith in God and not try to manipulate situations or carry anxiety.
- Early on in the placement I prayed and asked God what Caleb's name really was. The name he came with was fine, but I did not sense it was his true name. God laid the name Caleb on my heart. I looked up it's meaning and it means "wholehearted". Jeff believed God was calling us to love Caleb wholeheartedly..
I would like to introduce you to Caleb Joshua Webb, "wholeheartedly the Lord rescues". Indeed he does.