Monday, August 21, 2006
Adding to our Family
I realized (after I received an email) that I haven't posted at all on our blog about our family plans in the future. We are (for those of you who haven't heard - Sit down!!) in the stages of working towards another China adoption. Yes - somedays I think we are crazy too - but we have definately seen God's hand, yet again, and feel Him calling us to add to our family - one more time. (We say one more time because China's rule is only to have five children in the home - NO MORE - now we could adopt from another country, but I kind of like their rule too!!! :) )
When we first got home with Chloe - I bet we hadn't been home two months - and our boys starting putting change in a little bank - we asked them what they were saving for and they told us, "Another sister from China." Joe and I were shocked - we hadn't said anything to them about another adoption, and frankly, we thought we were DONE!! I think God planted that in their hearts though - it started us praying and still God is leading without shutting a door. We are moving, in some ways, faster than we thought - we are waiting right now on fingerprints and our Dossier (for those of you who aren't familiar with adoption lingo - the LARGE packet of information we have to put together to send to China) is ready to go. Once we started moving - it wasn't too hard to put everything together again since we had just done all of this for Chloe's adoption. So - we are hoping our papers will go to China late September or early October and then we wait. Things have changed a lot in China since Chloe's adoption so even once our papers are in China - we still have a YEAR to wait until we get our next little one's picture (Referral, as it's called in adoption land!!). We would covet your prayers - a year is a long time to wait but we also have a lot to work on here at home so know we will keep busy AND it gives us a year to plan to add another little one to our bunch. We would also covet your prayers about finances - God always seems to keep us praying about money!!! He provided so incredibly last time and so far, is again showing us His infinite power again. I do have to share - this is so neat - we had an anonymous family ask if they could give money to help a family adopt from China - we have no idea who they are - but we are indeed SO THANKFUL for their generous gift. It has gotten us moving without paperwork and even gives us a little extra money to use when we get our referral next year.
Somedays I honestly think, "What in the world are we doing?" Other days I am so excited for our family - we have been so blessed with Chloe and we are already praying that God is preparing just the right little one for us again. Chloe was such an incredible match - only God could have done that for us! Five kids - that can be a bit overwhelming - but four requires a lot of grace too!!! :) So, I keep trusting Him for His grace and help. We just want to be obedient and if we can reach one more child and give them a home - that is what we want to do. I have to say truthfully too that Chloe is a lot of work by herself - I remember having three in diapers and that was a lot of work, but they did entertain each other and that was nice. So - it will be nice to have two together here at the end (yes, Dad and Mom, we did say end..........at least that's OUR plan!!!).
So thanks for praying for us - we do believe we will need that support!! And we are excited to watch God show Himself to us again. We DO have a BIG GOD!!
When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.