I read this great article on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s website called Don’t You Already Have Kids? Adding to Your Existing Family Through Adoption.
I loved reading this family’s heart about adoption and I think you will enjoy it too.
Kevin and I have been going through some DVDs that we are required to watch for adoption education through our agency. There is some really good information, but we are also required to answer a bunch of questions on what we listened to and that is taking me a lot of time! I have felt like I was listening to a lot of information we have already either read or lived and it was kind of annoying me.
However, one thing it has done for me is given me the ability to look back at all the issues we have come up against since the girls have come home and how they have been resolved or are being resolved. It is great to see how the Lord has worked in our lives and in the girls’ hearts. The girls just seem to blossom and grow every day. It is a joy to watch. He is faithful!
There is this sense of “been there, done that” in some respects to adopting again. We will be going back to the same country, and of course, this isn’t our first time bringing home an adopted child. But, with experience we also know more what the possibilities are and we will undoubtedly face issues with Levi that we didn’t face with the girls. Just another opportunity to trust in the Lord and look for His wisdom to lead us!
Please continue praying. Although we have received immigration approval, the piece of paper that needs to be delivered to the U.S. Embassy to declare this has not been received yet. Until this happens, CARA cannot give us approval and the case cannot go to court. We were assured by our agency, though, that just because CARA cannot issue our NOC (No Objection Certificate) and send us on to court, they said it is likely that they have gone through our paperwork and it won’t take long once they get the immigration paperwork they need.
So, we continue to pray and hope and try to be patient. We know God knows best, but waiting is never easy.