Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bethany says....

YES! Bethany (our adoption agency) has given up aproval to adopt Megan at the same time as Adam. Now we are waiting to hear from China.

Did I ever tell you that I am NOT a patient person? :smile:


Wow. I have no words...

A mother of a teenager who was adopted 4 months ago posted something on her blog. I cannot say it as eloquently as she did. Please read what she posted about older child adoption. Thank you.



Sunday, January 24, 2010

Update on Adam and Megan

We met with our social worker on Jan 13th to talk with her about the possibility of adopting Megan. She will go over her notes with her supervisor and they will, hopefully, let us know this week if they will recommend that we be allowed to adopt Megan when we adopt Adam. We are also waiting to hear from the head of the "China Team" if China will allow us to adopt Megan and Adam together.

We are still waiting to find out when our dossier was logged in. The dossier was sent before Thanksgiving and, two months later, we are waiting to hear if we have a log-in date. We are still waiting for our LOA (Letter Of Acceptance) for Adam. Once that is here we can send him his first care package.

Right now we are not thrilled with "red tape". There is so much red tape during the adoption process and it is very frustrating.

Our family attended a "International dinner" that our adoption agency does every year. We met families who have already been through the adoption process and there were also families who are still waiting for their child. The families who have already adopted a child(ren) brought food from their child's country of origin. There was food from China, Guatemala, Philippines, Ethiopia and several more. There were games and crafts from the different countries. It was a fun night. Abby gave it a "thumbs up"!

Our family is planning on celebrating Chinese New year twice this year. Bethany has a Chinese New Year celebration and there is also one at the Delaware Art Museum that we are looking forward to.

I will probably be posing about some of the traditions of Chinese New Year as it approaches. FYI, Chinese New Year starts on Feb 14th this year...does that date sound familiar? :smile:

Have a great night.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

We cannot ignore the call...

We just started telling our church family on Sunday that we are trying to adopt a 12 year old girl at the same time we adopt Adam. We plan on naming this girl Megan. I am sure that there are those who are wondering why we would adopt an
almost-teenager as well as an 11 year old. We feel that God has called us to adopt these two children.
I read something on a blog about a family that adopted a 13 (almost 14) year old girl last year. The mother of this family gave me permission to post it here. This is her response when people question their decision "It was not what we were planning to do. It was what we were called to do. And we could not ignore that call." Mark and I both feel called by God to adopt these children and we cannot ignore that call. God's callings are not always easy but we believe that God will give us the strength that we need.

We covet your prayers as we work to add these children to our family.