I really, really want to adopt again. I hope and pray a little China Prince is in our future. (Notice I said "future"!) Even though I know it is not at all our time to adopt again, sometimes I sneak peaks at waiting child listings and find my heart breaking for those kids and I don't quite know what to do.
In November we saw so many sweet children at Katee's foster home who are still waiting for their families. Beautiful children who were abandoned due to medical needs. Children who have little hope of finding a family without international adoption. I think we can all agree that kids need families. My eyes were opened that day, and I do not ever want to forget those faces.
Nothing excites me more these days than receiving emails from people asking about adoption, specifically China adoption. I love that God is working in the hearts of people and asking them to step out in faith and open their hearts and their homes to a child in need.
My heart beats a little faster when somebody tells me that they will consider adopting a child with arthrogryposis after "meeting" Katee. I love that my precious girl puts a face to a scary/unknown diagnosis.
This picture is right after we got home from China (like my airplane hair??). It was our first meal together.
Yes, life would be much, much easier without a third toddler. Life would be more comfortable without addressing medical needs or paying medical bills. While I'm at it, it would sure be nice to sleep through the night again too. ;)
Ian and I were sulking on Saturday night about how we couldn't hang out late to watch a movie with my family. (Our sulking also led to eating lots of carrots. Weird.) We used to just put Ori and Calla to bed where ever, but we can't do that with Katee. And sometimes we just need to go home because our kids are crazy. Poor us, right?!
But the truth is that life was not better before adoption.
Easier, yes. But not better.
God used Katee's adoption to change us and grow our faith, and I don't want to go back to who I used to be.
Life, although much more difficult, is better now.
If you are interested in learning more about China adoption, Love Without Boundaries just did an amazing series of posts about Chinese adoption today. I encourage you to take a little time and read it.
The Changing Face of China's Orphans
The Adoption of Boys
Domestic Adoption on the Rise
Why International Adoption Still Matters (So good!)
We cannot imagine life without our sweet girl. We have been blessed abundantly by adoption.
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