For quite some time now, we've been discussing adopting again. We've known we wanted to expand our family again by adopting through foster care, but we weren't sure when we'd be ready...when Ephraim would be ready.
There's a lot of thought that goes into the decision to have another child, as many of you probably know.
Can I handle two? Can we afford two? How will Ephraim react and adjust when he's still so clingy and needy of our time? Etc., etc., etc.
Yet at the back of your mind, though slowly creeping to the front, remains the "calling" you have received. That little reminder that it's not about you and your comfort and making your life easy. That there are kids who need families and we have a family to give them.
So last week we decided, "Let's do this thing!"
We received our adoption packet in the mail over the weekend and have begun the paperwork once again. The process seems like it will be so much easier this time as there's just less needed for foster care adoption than for international. We don't have to deal with any immigration stuff, etc.
We are hoping for a child under the age of 18 months and the process should take about a year.
I feel like I'm able to be so much more excited this time around. That probably sounds bad. I was excited during Ephraim's process, but there were so many unknowns, it was our first child, our first adoption, there were so many risks, so much money needed, so much fear. This time I guess I have more confidence and I feel better prepared for what we are about to do. I'm sure I'll regret that sentence when our next child presents a whole new set of challenges!
So please pray for us and our future child as we all embark on this journey! Thank you!