Well Joy beat me to this news already on her blog....but I have exciting news to share! Actually, our entire family is very excited.
After much thought, prayer, and discussion, we have decided to pursue adding to our family by adopting again. There are so many unknowns to us since it has been so many years since we adopted.....twenty to be exact. So many things have changed, included costs involved. For that reason, among others, this will definitely be a leap of faith for us. We will most definitely be trusting God to open doors for us if this is His will. Remember the Bible verse about faith and the mustard seed and the moving mountains? Well I'm sure there will be lots of mountains that will need to be moved along the way. :)
I even hesitated to mention this (at least for awhile) because of all the uncertainities, but then I felt like it was something I should share, no matter what happens. If this is to be, you will share right along with me those opened doors and know that it definitely is a "God thing". :) And by that, I mean comes to be only by God's will and answers to prayers. And if it is not to be, then maybe you could just share our disappointment. The main thing is that we are trusting God on this thing, whatever comes our way.
Because of our ages, the length of time that it is currently taking on international adoptions through China, and the fact that we could love a "special" child, we have decided to go through the waiting children program of China, which means we will be accepting a special needs child, which can mean many things. We are currently researching various medical conditions that we could and would be able to accept within our family. Alot of these children that are available for adoption have correctable medical conditions which I would consider minor special needs...things like cleft lip/palate, minor heart conditions, etc.....things that some people would pass over if they were looking for a healthy child. We are thinking in terms of adopting a child that is about 2-3 years old when they arrive home to us (boy or girl). Just to think that a child waits to be part of our forever family wells up so many emotions inside me because I know how God works all of that out! He can arrange for our child to be thousands of miles away....we just have to bring them home.
Again, we are just in the beginning stages, but I would covet your prayers that we have wisdom and that God would open doors and provide in every way if this be His will.
Whew...having said that in this post is such a relief. I've had so many emotions this week! And you have no idea how excited Joy is....she has wanted a brother or sister from China since she was very little and planned this whole thing for many years. Never underestimate the faith of a child!
By the way, if you have something to share for Faithful Fridays, please go over to Joy's blog, Doodlebug, and let her know in a comment, so we can all stop by!
Blessings to you all and thank you for stopping by and for all the sweet comments that you leave!
~ Tammy ~