It's never truly left our hearts or minds. It's been nearly 2 1/2 years since we had to stop the process with Margaux. It was sad. It was hard. But we do believe that it was part of God's plan for us. We have Stella.
However, Amy and I have never stopped feeling a pull toward adoption.
It's hard to explain. We've tried. To family. To friends. But honestly, it's hard. We feel that God has placed adoption on our hearts. That He has called us to do something. We have spent the last 2 1/2 years trying to figure out what that something is. Should we adopt? Should we advocate for orphans? Should we raise money? Awareness? We didn't know. We discussed it at length and prayed continuously. We waited. And waited. And you know how little I enjoy that!
About a month though it came up again. As usual, just working its way back into our lives. Adoption. What to do? So we talked about it once again and found that DePelchin, an agency here, was having an informational meeting. So we decided to go. We hadn't told anyone yet. We thought, and hoped, that attending the meeting would help to guide us where He needs us. So we went. It was eye-opening. Enlightening. And it provided us with an answer and a direction.
Yes, Amy and I have once again begun the process of adoption. Its quite different this time around though. We are not seeking international adoption, for many reasons. Instead, we are staying local. We will be adopting from CPS. The one similarity will be the fact that our child will likely be of an ethnicity different than our own. No big news there. I mean, we were in the process of an international adoption once upon a time.
So, the orientation meeting confirmed in us the calling to adopt. We told our parents. They were surprised, and understandably so seeing as how this came out of nowhere really. But they will warm up. Again.
Yesterday we began work on the application and have it nearly completed already. Again, not our first rodeo. Also, much of the legwork with gathering all of the documentation is already done and we will be able to use it all this time around. So in that sense this adventure will be slightly easier. Having said that though, we have a long road ahead of us. We know that. Again, nothing new.
The boys are both very supportive of an adopted sister. Oh, yeah, we are looking to adopt a girl, between the ages of 2-7. Again, much like before. Braeden and Jackson both understand that she may look different (race) than us and they do not care. They are excited. They find it cool that Stella will have a sister.
I guess that's about it. It's getting late here and I'm fading fast, but I wanted to get this post out. I've been mentally writing it all day. Here we are again. This blog started with the news of our adventures into adoption. It then followed us as we planned for Margaux and eventually had to say goodbye. It has seen the birth of Stella. Job changes. Life. It's all been here over the past 3 (wow, almost 4) years. And now we are back to adoption. Another adventure. Hope you're ready for the ride. We are.
All is well, haven't we been here before?, in Drosche Land.