Yes, the title of the post says everything. We are heading back to China to adopt another little girl!! We are thrilled at the prospect and cant wait to see which daughter God has chosen for our family.
The story is obviously from God as he has been working on all of our hearts for quite some time. Over the past 3 to 6 months I have been watching many friends return to China (or other countries) to adopt their second child. I have watched and wondered if that could ever happen for us but I remember clearly discussing with Kevin way back when that 3 kids is enough for us. Even so, I still thought about adopting again frequently and even signed up to see our agencies SN spotlight babies that come out in emails. Over the months my heart has softened to the idea but I have not been able to bring myself to discuss it with Kevin as I was worried he would flat out say NO and then the idea would be over. On Monday night I was getting ready to go to bed and Kevin called like he frequently does before I go to bed (Kev is working graveyards right now). We did our normal chit chat and then he said, "Hay, Ive been wanting to talk with you about something for a while. God keeps laying this on my heart and I have been praying about it for a while and I think God is telling us that we need to adopt again." I was shocked, amazed, elated and joyful in one swoop!! I could not believe how God had been working on our hearts separately and then, in His timing, chose to bring the idea up to discuss. Needless to say, I was thrilled and we both immediately decided on China Special Needs through our previous adoption agency Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
Anyway, we are moving along and just thrilled to be going back. The boys are beyond excited and they are already looking at names and Mia says she wants her little sister from China NOW!! She does not want to wait. Neither do we!! We are wanting our next daughter to be within about a year to year and a half of Mia's age so our referral will probably be about 2 to 2.5 at referral. We want the girls to grow up together and be good friends. We are open to most minor and correctable special needs but we are also very aware of what we can handle and must be cognoscente of our limitations and current family needs. We are hoping to have our dossier to China by August and hopefully have a referral by September. If we have a September referral, we should be in China around Spring 2011. Those are totally rough ideas of times but they should be relatively on target with the agencies approximations.
So, there you have it!! Another amazing journey to our waiting daughter! I just cant believe how God works and I am sooooooo looking forward to the journey we are starting. By the way, any name suggestions? If any of you are done having kids and you had a great name you never used-- throw it my way. I would love to hear all your suggestions??