China Adoption {My heart}

On: Monday, January 28, 2013

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. ;)

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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?!

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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.

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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

Changing Attitudes

The Adoption of Boys

Domestic Adoption on the Rise

Birth Defects

New Challenges

Why International Adoption Still Matters (So good!)

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We cannot imagine life without our sweet girl. We have been blessed abundantly by adoption.

9 comments on "China Adoption {My heart}"

The Sieberts said...

SO blessed :)

Laura said...

Beautiful. We are in the process of adopting a little prince from Korea, and like you, I want so badly to share with everyone how amazing adoption is. Easy? No. Amazing? Absolutely.

Kristin said...

love following your journey. you have the most wonderful heart and such a beautiful family.

Jenna said...

Great articles, thank you for sharing them. Am greatly encouraged every time I read your blog since I work with special needs as a PT and love seeing families bring these beautiful children home. Thank you for sharing your story.

Jodie said...

I've been reading (but rarely commenting) since Calla was born and I've really loved reading about your adoption of Katee.

My husband and I have talked on and off about adoption for the past eight or so years. Unfortunately, it is not an option at the moment in Australia. Our waiting lists are either years long (think six or seven) or are closed completely.

It's heartbreaking that there are so many families in this country with the financial and emotional means (and the benefit of free healthcare) to adopt and love these children. But they can't. I hope that it will change in the future.

Angela Carpenter said...

I found your blog while doing a search about china adoption a few months ago and have followed your recent journey! We have 2 bio kids, a daughter adopted from Russia and are in the process (will be dtc next fri!) of adopting an adorable 5 yr old special needs boy from china. We are so blessed to have adoption as part of our lives and I am always so happy when I find similar families. Adoption is a hard but wonderful journey and I continue to pray that more families open their hearts to these children. Thank you for sharing your story.

Julie said...

Thanks for sharing your words, Julie. And thanks for sharing the links to those blog posts about adoption in China. It is so interesting and heart breaking to read about all these children that need homes... I'm sure even more so to have seen it first hand. Thank you for advocating for these children. Love you, friend!

Tera said...

Oh I love this! I would seriously frame that picture of your first meal together--- it's just so perfect! That last picture of Katee- she just radiates hope!

kristin said...

"Life, although much more difficult, is better now."

i love this.