We are adopting one more little girl!
We met B. last year on the same day that we met Dimples at her orphanage. B. was there in the crowd of kids. She was one of the older children, eight then, so she was helpful with the balloons and I noticed her a little bit. When we went back the next day, she stayed close to my side. She wanted to carry my backpack and had many interesting questions for me which she managed to convey with only a few words of English and gestures. Was the camisole I was wearing actually my skin? Did Little Man grow in my tummy? She was funny too, especially when she made a clever joke about Eby’s big belly.
When I changed Little Man’s diaper, she was by my side, handing me wipes. She then proceeded to give one wipe to each child in the crowd surrounding me. They washed their faces, hands, and feet, and when the wipes were dry, they carefully folded them and put them in their pockets.
I was touched by B. and told Russ that I hoped we could find a family for her when we got home. When people asked me about adopting from Dimples’ orphanage, I would say, “Would you be interested in an eight year-old girl?” Nothing came of my efforts. In January something began to happen in my heart. B. kept coming to my mind over and over and I felt great sadness that she did not have a family. I thought of her and prayed for her and God began to show me that maybe she did have a family after all, we just hadn’t known that we were it.
Russ and I prayed and talked and sought God. We struggled with adding another child to our already very full life. Could we do it? Could we do it well? Where would we put her? We had many questions for God, but slowly they went from “Can we really parent one more child?” to , “If we adopt B. what will her middle name be?” We looked at photos of her, got a little bit of information about her, and then before we knew it, it all seemed just right in our hearts.
We see God’s kindness in every detail of this adoption. We made the initial “we think we might be able to do this” decision on Valentine’s Day, the final decision on February 21st, and since then the paperwork has rapidly been coming together. Our homestudy update is nearly complete with all of the paperwork that was required of us already shipped to our agency. Now that Mimi is over 18, she had to be fingerprinted for a criminal background check, so I scheduled her appointment and she went last Wednesday. I was amazed to find that her approval was complete on Friday. Our paperwork to begin processing our adoption should be received by AAI on Tuesday and by the time I receive the dossier instructions from them, I hope the dossier will be complete and I will FedEx it back to them.
I cannot believe how much easier it is to go through the paperwork chase the third time around! Last time, since we were adopting through two different agencies simultaneously, it was a bit of a nightmare. This time we dug through our files and found all of our old paperwork to use as templates. Our doctors were willing to do physicals and give us notarized letters on the same day. Our police department provided us with Police Clearance letters within 24 hours. Our friends completed letters of recommendation for both our homestudy and dossier within one week – God bless them!
Today we plan to have our passport photos taken for the dossier, eight photos each. On Monday Russ will go to our credit union to request the letters needed for our dossier and also to Human Resources to request his Employment letter. The remaining dossier paperwork is all generated by AAI and we have to wait for that to arrive.
Beautiful B. has been at her orphanage since 2001, when she was only two years old. She has lost many friends in her life and now it is time for her to know the love and security of a family. I grieve for the lost years and feel sad that we left her even this long, although my friend Erin reminded me that AAI would not have allowed us to begin pursuing B.’s adoption until Dimples had been home for six months.
Best of all, Erin is in Ethiopia right now and is planning to spend time with B. I can’t wait to see new photos. I wish I could share one here, but it is against the rules to post any photos until we have a successful court date.
I’ll keep you all updated on our progress! Please pray for us that God will continue to bless our process, that it will go quickly, and that He will provide all that we need spiritually, emotionally, and financially. Most of all we desire to trust and obey God, and to glorify Him in this new adoption journey.
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