Our family is just like any other family – we love each other unconditionally and strive every day to live that out. Yet we are also unlike a lot of families, because two of our children were born in a foreign nation.
Our story begins years ago, as I was pregnant with our second child. I knew that he was not going to be our last child, yet I also knew that I didn’t want to be pregnant again. I prayed and prayed that God would guide us and lead us, and eventually I started researching adoption. We both enjoy being parents, and we thought we could handle adopting two children at once. We hoped that we would find a sibling group in need of a home, but we had no idea how that would happen.
After moving half way across the country, settling in near family, and starting medical residency, we decided that it was time to take a leap of faith. We’d apply to an agency and see what happened next. Trouble was, we couldn’t seem to pick an agency. I had researched so thoroughly that I was more and more confused each day. We stepped back from the process for a while and prayed for wisdom. After months, we agreed that it was time to move forward again. This time, before we even had a chance to fill out the paperwork for our agency, we found our children on their waiting child list. And then the story got exciting:
My first adoption post tells more about the “Why”s of our adoption, and here is a post I wrote just after we found out that these children would be ours. Then there are posts about all of the highlights: getting fingerprinted (the first time), the ups, getting fingerprinted (the second time), the surprises, the waiting, really big surprises, the “Beautiful and Wonderful”, the downs, the most awesome blessings, and eventually the trip to meet and become parents to these two amazing children. (Actually, the posts about travel were so numerous that I gave them their own category; it’s over there on the right, called Adoption Travel.)
There’s so much more to the story, and I have written quite a bit since we have been home with the children. Each milestone, like the first kiss, has been a great reminder of why we did this! This whole process has also been a great reminder to me of the love that God has for his children!
I hope you enjoy reading, and feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions or are experiencing your own adoption story and just want to share the excitment!