It's been a while since I've posted any updates on China Girl (see this post for our last update). Similar to in August 2010 our immigration paperwork and biometrics (fingerprints) "expired" in the past month. Thus, we spent time this past Fall visiting doctors, updating paperwork, visiting the sheriff's department, meeting with our social work, and updating our home study ... again. We then trekked down to Milwaukee for our biometrics appointment. Approximately a month ago we received our updated immigration approval. Thus, we are now current until early next year when we will start the process again. Unless, of course, God's timing is the physical placement of China Girl with our family this year. It is with much anticipation that we wonder if this will be "the year."
As I've mentioned in the past, the wait time for a China adoption is ever increasing, and we are years out from a "healthy" referral. After we began the adoption process, we felt we were being lead to opening up our application to special needs. This process entails a checklist of sorts where you and your spouse agree (hopefully) on which special needs you are open to. When we originally completed this additional paperwork and application, we checked the box that we were open to cleft conditions (lip and / or palate). Over the course of the past month or so, God has been opening our hearts to this special need more and more. We have been able to connect with families from our adoption agency, and we have "stumbled" across some amazing blogs of families who have adopted little ones with cleft conditions. There have been a few other things that are molding our hearts as well that perhaps over time will be shared here.
In November, we also had an opportunity to share our adoption journey with our church family (for Orphan Sunday). From a timing perspective, it was good to sit down and reflect on our journey to date and anticipate what is to come ...
From November 2011:
adoption journey began in January 2009. However,
we began discussing adoption a few years prior to that. At that point adoption was our “Plan B.” We
would pursue adoption IF we didn’t get pregnant again. After losing Owen, it became increasingly clear
to us that adoption is not God’s Plan B, nor should it be ours.
God does not make mistakes. And He does not need a backup plan. Adoption was
not God’s plan B. We had seen adoption to be a second choice after biological
children. But, just as God designed some families to grow through biological
children, He has also designed some families to grow through the miracle of
Our dossier is in China, and we have been on the “wait list” for approximately
two and half years. The wait time for a
little girl from China is increasing every day.
There are many circumstances that could determine when our little girl
will officially join our family, but we know that it is God’s will and His
timing that will determine this. While
we wait God is working in ways only He can. This little girl already is part of
our family and holds a piece of all of our hearts. When the boys talk about our family, they
list out themselves (Jack and Samuel), Owen, Lydia and China Girl (this is how
the boys started affectionately referring to their one-day sister shortly after
we began the adoption process).
As we are waiting on God’s perfect timing, please join us in praying for the
orphans, in praying for the birth mothers who carry these babies, and the birth
parents who make the unimaginable decision to give these children up.
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