Can you believe it?! We are so excited to be starting the adoption process again. We have talked about adopting again ever since returning home with Maimie. God has really given us a heart for China's orphaned children, and we've discussed several ways to care for China's orphans as a family. After much prayer, we feel God is leading us to return to China to bring another child into our family.
On the evening of October 2, we made the decision to adopt. The next night we ordered Chinese food for supper and broke the news to the kids. They were all very enthusiastic about having a new little sister.
We already saw an example of God in the details. I filled out the application for Lifelink on October 5 and wrote a check for $250 (application fee). That same day Steve received a phone call from CEFCU promising us a refund from an expired home refinancing application. Our account was credited $245. Nice! The application was sent on the 6th of October.
On Sunday, October 11, Maimie's birthday, we broke the news to Grandpa and Grandma. Mikaela and I made hair ribbons that said "Big Sister" and tied them in Maimie's braids.
Today,Tuesday will be our first homestudy visit with Laura, who was also our case worker for Maimie's adoption.
The process will be different this time around. We are beginning with the special needs/waiting child route. The estimated wait from beginning (now) to travel is about 12 to 24 months. We have asked for a little girl from age 1-3 with an unrepaired or repaired cleft lip/palate. We are, of course, open to whatever God may choose for us.