Rejoicing Over One More Daughter

Our family on “Forever Day”. Next year we hope to have one more little girl at our table, who will share the same “Forever Day”.

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.

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. JaneeNoel
    March 2, 2008

    How exciting!! I am thrilled to hear this news. Praying that all goes smoothly and you are able to bring home your new daughter very soon.

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  2. Ellie
    March 2, 2008

    Congratulations!! That is very exciting! Is your newest little girl coming from Layla house? We went there and have tons of pictures. I was wondering if maybe I met her and had pictures.

    I am one of 8 children, 5 who are adopted, the oldest of the 5 adopted is 4 years old so they are all very little. The youngest three are from Ethiopia and we are also going back for an older girl we met in Ethiopia!
    We have only been home with the three littles for about 4 months so we start our paperwork in April.
    We have similar stories though! My mom’s blog is: http://www.jobsdaughters.blogspot.com and mine is:
    http://www.myethiopiansisters.blogspot.com

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  3. Sherry
    March 3, 2008

    WOOOOHOOOOO!! The post I have been waiting to see! Congratulations you two, I knew this was going to happen when you first mentioned it. 😉 I am so excited for you…and a bit jealous because you have all your stuff complete already and we are just starting and it seems like it is going to take forever! haha

    I am just thrilled for you and for B. I am glad she will have such an amazing family to love her and help her grow in the Lord.

    Blessings to all of you.

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  4. thecurryseven
    March 3, 2008

    I am so happy and excited for you! I hope everything goes smoothly and you can bring your new daughter home soon.

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  5. Cat & Mark
    March 3, 2008

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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  6. Bingaling
    March 3, 2008

    WooHoo! So excited to hear about this news!
    Praying that it all moves swiftly and you are traveling before you know it!
    Chanda

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  7. Lisa W.
    March 3, 2008

    Wow Lisa! Sometimes we just can’t imagine how much room we have in our hearts. But when He leads us in a direction, he provides the resources doesn’t he? He’s given you and your whole family the kindest souls and the desire to make room for more. Blessings and hugs!
    Lisa W.
    http://www.my2ethiopiangirls.blogspot.com

    p.s. I’m sure you are already aware of another woman who has a family like yours…4 from Ethiopia and 2 from china (I think) and the rest are bio. Her name is Mary.

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  8. Lisa
    March 4, 2008

    How wonderful and exciting! What a huge blessing for you all! Prayers! Lisa

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  9. Pastormac's Ann
    March 4, 2008

    Wow Lisa! That’s wonderful! Praying that she’ll speedily join her forever family. Our God is a Mighty God.

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  10. Michael and Michelle
    March 4, 2008

    I love your family!!! Wow! Soon to be 11 children……the best “investment” anybody could ever have! I woundn’t want to invest my time in anything else. My husband and I say they’re the only “thing” you can take with to heaven!
    Michelle

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  11. Andi
    March 5, 2008

    You’re one step ahead of us! We made the decision on Valentine’s Day, too (isn’t that funny?), but we have to complete the re-adoption of our first Ethiopian children in Virginia before we can finish our home study update. Hopefully we won’t be too far behind you… but that’s all in God’s hands!

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  12. Anonymous
    March 5, 2008

    Lisa – Congratulations!!! Erin is taking pictures for me, too. Maybe we will travel close to the same dates.

    Shelby

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  13. Susy Q
    March 6, 2008

    Congratulations! How EXCITING!! Your beautiful family just keeps growing 🙂

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  14. Melinda
    March 6, 2008

    Congratulations! I think it is wonderful and your family is an inspiration. I enjoy your encouraging words. We have just begun our 2nd adoption from Ethiopia for a girl age 5-6. It helps seeing blogs with people who have adopted older children. Praying for a smooth process.
    Melinda

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  15. darci
    March 7, 2008

    wow, congratulations. your posts have brought tears to me before and this is one of them. praying all goes well, and can’t wait for B. to come home.

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  16. Leslie
    March 7, 2008

    YAY!!! I am so excited and so is G!! We can’t wait to talk with you!

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  17. Jim & Laurel
    March 16, 2008

    How exciting!

    After 6 weeks in Ghana, my husband and 3 new children will be arriving in Seattle tomorrow night. Yea!

    Blessings to you and your family!

    Laurel

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