Blog Swap with Katie Ganshert!
Why are we doing this? Good question!
Well, as you know, I’m an adoptee and I love talking about adoption. Katie and her husband Ryan are in the process of adopting a child, so we thought it’d be fun to interview each other about adoption!
AND – We’re both going to giveaway a copy of our books, so be sure to leave a comment for us on the respective blogs!!
So, here we go!
Welcome to This Is A Blog About Books…And Life, again, Katie! Tell us about yourself!
I’m a slightly-frazzled, ever-inquisitive Midwest gal who loves Jesus, my family, writing, adoption, and grace. I’ve been married to my delivery-guy-turned husband for eight wonderful years. We have a four-year old son and a goofy black lab named Bubba. My debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter, released from Waterbrook Press this past May and my second novel, Wishing on Willows, releases this March. We are in the process of adopting a little boy or girl from the Congo.
How long did it take you to know for sure adoption was God’s plan for you?
Even though God had been working on our hearts for quite some time, it took us awhile to officially say Yes to adoption. To be honest, the whole thing scared us. We didn’t have the money, and like you mention on my blog today, adoption is very rarely a fairy tale, which is something Ryan and I both knew ahead of time because of several friends who were journeying through it.
Life was comfortable with the three of us. Why mess with that?
But one day, when I was reading the book of Esther, I felt in the depths of my spirit, God saying, “Katie, I have a blessing out there for you and you are going to miss it if you don’t step out in faith.”
Later, after a lot of prayer and even more research, I remember getting on my knees and telling God over and over again, “Lord, this is way over our heads. If this is from you, if you really want us to do this, you need to be clear. Because this is Way. Over. Our. Heads.”
A couple hours later, we went to church and kid you not, our pastor said these exact words during the sermon, “If you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, then get in over your heads.” During the car ride home, Ryan looked at me and said, “Kate, we can’t let money stop us from doing this.”
God couldn’t have spoken any more loudly or clearly.
That’s a very cool testimony of how God confirms the desires he puts on our hearts! What excites you most about this journey?
Getting to know and be a mother to this little person.
You’ll be a great one, I’m sure! So what scares you most?
Having nothing to give our child in regards to his/her history. This past September, we received a referral (this is adoption-speak for being matched with an orphan). We received a picture, a name, and as much information on health and history as was available.
This little boy was two years old and his entire life was summed up in a measly, heart-breaking sentence. Not only did we know nothing about his birth parents, we didn’t even have a birthday.
A few weeks later, we lost that referral (a heartbreaking experience). Chances are, the next referral we get won’t be that much more detailed.
I’m afraid of a pair of beautiful brown eyes looking up at me someday and asking, “What’s my story?” And I won’t know the answer. I won’t have anything to give.
As an adoptee who’s lived through the ‘wanting to know’, I can imagine that will be difficult, but I have no doubt God will give you the wisdom and strength to deal with it when the time comes. It’s an exciting journey! What preparations have you had to make to finally get to that day where you meet your new son or daughter? Will you travel to the country of his or her birth?
Lots! And we’re still more than a year out from traveling. We’ve done a massive amount of education—from seminars to online courses to reading books to researching Congolese culture. We put on a very time-consuming fundraiser to help offset the insane cost. We’ve connected with several families in our area who have all adopted internationally. We continue to talk to our son about his brother or sister. And we pray—for our child and for God to provide—financially and emotionally.
We join you in prayer and look forward to your updates as you get closer to bringing home the newest Ganshert! Thanks so much for sharing your heart with us today, Katie!
Even though my debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter, doesn’t deal with adoption, it does explore a common theme in many adoption stories. And that’s this idea that God can use the broken, barren seasons in our lives to make something beautiful. If this sounds like a story you’d like to check out, you can read the first three chapters for free here. I’d also love to give away a copy to one person who leaves a comment!
Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she writes stories about finding faith and falling in love. When she’s not busy plotting her next novel, she enjoys watching movies with her husband, playing make-believe with her wild-child of a son, and chatting with her girlfriends over bagels. She and her husband are in the process of adopting from the Congo. You can find her online at her blog and on Facebook.
(And don’t forget to check out her books, Wildflowers from Winter, available now, and Wishing on Willows, coming in March!)
Bethany Quinn was happy to leave her small town ten years ago to create a new, successful life. But when tragedies strike at home, she is forced to return and face the pain of her childhood. Out of options, Bethany tries to find a place where love and faith make sense again.