Thursday, 8 December 2011
Since before we were married, we’ve felt like adoption was in our future. After being blessed with two very cool biological kids, we’ve been thinking that God’s telling us it’s time. We’ve always had a desire for a multi-racial family (and we both come from families involved in some type of multi-racial adoption), and we want to give a home to an orphan who otherwise wouldn’t have security or opportunity.
We have always been drawn to India (Nathan’s sisters are from there), but adoption has changed in that country in the last 30 years and it looks like it’s not really an option for us. More and more, we’re feeling that our baby will come from Ethiopia.
We actually started the process with one agency a couple months ago, but just in the last few days learned that the wait times with that agency have been extended yet again. We don’t want to wait 2 years for a referral, so we’re currently exploring other agencies and will start the process over again in the next few weeks. It will take a while — at least a year — but here we are, starting.
Many details are yet to be worked out — boy or girl? Not sure. One child or two? Probably just one — to start! Medical needs? Maybe. Age? Probably 0-6 months at time of referral, but we still have more to learn about the different needs at different ages. We’re not even completely sure that it’s Ethiopia, but keep feeling pulled in that direction.
We covet your prayers as we start this process. We’re ready, but we’re also relying on God to calm some of our (read: Kim’s) fears and apprehensions. In spite of those fears, I’ve felt God saying, “yes, I know. There are a lot of unknowns. But still, I’m asking you to move forward, holding my hand.”
So: away we go!