First of all, I am thrilled to congratulate several families we know growing through adoption. Natalie & Matt Hamlin added their sweet son Korbin to their family in China this week. He is a precious doll! We also have neighbors in our community who brought two children home from Poland just last week, the Weems. So, now they are a family of five. Just ten days ago, I ran into someone I used to see in our community all the time who adopted a beautiful little girl from China who is Jack's age, Jennifer Babb. We haven't crossed paths in years. Wouldn't you know, she showed me a picture of a precious little boy her family has been matched with. They will soon travel to bring him home to join their family. God is so good!
As we continue to move along in the adoption process, your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. When we began the adoption process this time around, we thought we wanted to take the international path. That is how we started, even attended a couple meetings that way. All of a sudden, out of the clear, blue sky, without any understanding of why, we felt the need to change to the domestic path. This seems a bit crazy, because we are a bit older than traditional couples selected this route. Still, we held fast. Our home study approves us for any baby born in the United States, so long as the expectant mother picks us. We have been open-minded all along in accepting a child younger than Jack as well. We are open to any race, ethnicity, and special needs that our social worker is already aware of. I comb the Internet daily for opportunities. We pray for peace, patience, preparation, and for the child and family of the child we hope will join our family. We now have two possibilities for adoption, one more likely than the other. Here is where providence has revealed itself to me. Both of these children were born internationally, but now live in the United States making them domestically placed for adoption. Our hearts were turned the direction they were meant to go, and we listened.
The most likely one we have known about for almost two weeks and continues to progress. The placing agency likes our profile and home study. Tomorrow we have a phone interview. So far ,we feel confident in all that we have heard about this little boy. He is younger than Jack, born in Ethiopia, and cute as a button. He may or may not be the one God intends to be our second child, but tomorrow we will be one step closer to knowing.