Hey friends! I wanted to write a quick post and give you an update on our adoption.
If you are new to my blog and do not know our whole adoption story, you can read about our story HERE.
In a nutshell, we hosted an 8 year old little girl this summer, we fell in love, and we pursued adopting her.
We traveled to her home country in Eastern Europe in December of last year with the intentions of bringing her back home with us. However, things did not turn out as we had planned. Because of unexpected reasons, we made the decision to stop the adoption and return home.
We are not able to fully explain to the reasons why, but I can tell you…hands down…that it was the most difficult, heart-wrenching decision my husband and I have ever made in our lives. For weeks, I felt numb and couldn’t make sense of what had happened.
However, one thing that I have known for sure throughout this process is that God has been right beside us. I definitely do not understand why things happened the way they did, but I trust God, and I know that HE DOES. He has drawn our whole family closer to Him during this process, and I have grown to love Him even more. I love that no matter how chaotic and crazy our lives can feel, God is our constant. He never changes. He is always faithful.
Even though our adoption was stopped, our love for our little girl continued. She is forever in our hearts, and we still feel like God is telling us that she is to be a part of our forever family. By His Grace, we have been allowed to continue the adoption of our girl. Unfortunately, we are having to re-do our home study, our i800, and complete additional paperwork to make it happen, which of course requires more time and money.
Because of her mental and behavioral needs, our sweet girl is no longer with her foster family or in an orphanage. She is actually not in a very good place right now. We found out a couple of weeks ago that she may be there until the middle of April or longer. It began to look as if we were not going to be able to go over and get her until early summer. Again, our hearts were breaking for her.
However, on Thursday, we found out that the Orphan’s Court had visited her, and they feel she may be able to leave the facility she is staying at in a few weeks!! This means it could be by the end of March!! We were thrilled!!
They also gave her the letters that we had written to her, and they said she still calls us “mom and dad.” They said she is not angry with us for leaving and that she still very much wants to be a part of our family. This blessed our hearts beyond measure!!!
So now we are hoping and praying that our paperwork can be processed asap, and we can start making travel plans.
We ask for your prayers in all of this.
First of all because we are in the midst of a very exciting time in our lives…Jonathan being on season 10 of The Voice!! It is going to be tricky figuring out how to handle all that is going on with him and our adoption at the same time. I begin to worry, and then I remember that God is bigger than my schedule or busy life, and that He will work it out in His perfect timing.
Secondly, because we are having to re-do a lot of our adoption, we will need to come up with more money to cover our expenses. This time when we travel, we are hoping to take all of our boys with us. This will be more expensive, but it was very difficult on our two youngest boys, Adam and Eli, when we were gone last time. We know that this is not going to be easy, but our girl is worth it. You can’t put a price tag on being a part of a family! :)
And lastly, please pray that God would prepare our hearts and our little girl’s heart as she comes home to be a part of her family. We found out in December that her mental, emotional, and behavioral needs were much more serious than we had initially realized. Over the past few weeks, we have gotten several different doctors and therapists in place for her when she comes home to help us get her to a healthy place in her life. We know that it may be a long journey to get her there, but again, she is worth it.
We cannot tell you how grateful we are for your love and your support! This adoption journey has been quite a roller coaster ride, as I know many are. But it is one that we are very thankful for. Hopefully, very soon, we will be reunited with our girl and we can begin the process of being a family of seven. The boys miss her and can’t wait to be her big brothers. She will be in very good hands with my boys! They are already so protective of her. :)
Thank you again for all of your encouraging words and faithful prayers for our girl and our family.
God bless you!