Although we knew we wanted to start a second adoption as soon as possible after bringing Jaso home, we found that we were spending more time in the hospital with her than we had anticipated. As we learned to navigate the new normal of hospital admissions, surgeries, and insurance wranglings, we came to see that I had the kind of skills needed for a mom of special needs children. I was able to organize, advocate, and research. I was able to juggle hospital life and home life. And I was able to communicate with specialists and insurance companies. We also lived less then 10 miles from a nationally ranked Children’s hospital.
We decided that we would again pursue a waiting child with medical needs for our next adoption. We prayed very specifically that God would bring us to the child with the greatest need that we had the capacity to parent. Though we thought at the time that meant a medical diagnosis, we learned over time that it meant more.