Over the past couple weeks, Bryan and I have been blessed to be part of an adventure that will hopefully end in the adoption of two young people that have been "children of our hearts" since last summer. Within weeks of having our ninth little one, we will be blessed to be the parents of eleven! Sounds unreal, even to us!
Here's the timeline of how this has come about:
June 2011 - We were given information on a boy and girl that might be available for adoption. For much of last summer we pictured these children becoming part of our family.
Fall 2011 - Communication on the siblings dwindled to nothing. I assumed the plan had changed and they were no longer available. But we had a new pregnancy to focus on!
Fast forward to March 2, 2012 - I get a call from my adoption worker saying that the case worker for these children was anxious to interview us as soon as possible. We inform her we are interested, but that we are pregnant: a scenario our home study said would impact our ability to adopt.
March 8 - During the interview, God's hand in the process and timeline becomes very apparent to all of us. When the children were asked in what type of home would they like live, the girl answered she hoped they would have a baby. The interview went fabulously and the review team voted unanimously to match us with the children.
March 14 - The case workers told the children about us and showed them our scrapbook. The girl said, "I would be blessed to be part of this family."
March 16 - We met them in person for the first time. I can't remember ever being so nervous. It went great!
March 18 - We introduced them to the whole family at a park. We started counting to ten when counting noses.
March 24 - The children were able to spend the day here at the farm and see our house.
Moving forward, we'll have more visits during their Spring Break and on weekends. Shortly after they wrap up their school year at the end of May, they'll be joining our family forever!
It's only been a couple weeks, but we feel these children have been in our lives forever! I guess God knew that all along!
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