Our family is officially waiting for
a little BOY in China!
Hannah has a brother! (That's all we know right now).
There are a couple advantages to this route. Earlier this year our agency staff and two American trained physicians visited numerous orphanages in China. At the orphanages, the physicians noted medical information and photos/videos were taken of the children available for adoption. After speaking with our agency, we felt like waiting for a partnership file would be a great option for us to know as much as possible about our son. As far as international adoption goes, we will know as much correct medical and social information as feasibly possible.
Our agency will choose a match for us of a little boy 0-36 months, with a minor physical need. We will be able to review the match and all medical information (with our physician who specializes in international adoptions) before commiting. While this is typical in the international adoption world, the amount of solid medical information is not. Therefore, we are very blessed to be waiting on a partnership file with our agency.
Hannah could be a little sister, a twin, or an older sister! Regardless, they will be roughly the same age because Hannah will be a big one year old next month. Adding another child to any family (at any time) is an adjustment, but Adam and I value our siblings so much that we are excited for Hannah to have the honor of being a sister.
Travel time from our match date is hard to predict. A rough guess would be that we can expect to travel in mid-Spring 2015. We will be in China for two weeks and then our little guy will come home with us right away.
As far as special needs go, yes, there is a reason that our child was placed in an orphanage and our son will have some type of minor physical condition.
It should be noted that Hannah herself has THREE conditions that could have landed her in an orphanage had she been born in another country. First off, Hannah was born severely premature weighing 2 pounds 11 ounces. She is doing great now because she has had the medical care she needs here in the US. She also has salmon patches on her face and head. While you may not think this is a big deal (we don't), there are places in other countries where it is reason to leave a child in an orphanage. And lastly, she has a grade 3 VSD (Ventral Septal Defect). This is the most serious and requires her to see a pediatric cardiologist every three months for an ECHO and an EKG. Children in China are placed in orphanages because of VSDs and other heart conditions.
I think about how much we love Hannah, regardless of her present or future medical needs, and I know without a doubt that we can love our son just as much.
The most important thing is that these waiting children in orphanages are fearfully and wonderfully made. They need capable and loving families like ours in order to thrive. We already know that he needs a Mom to kiss his forehead and a Dad to tuck him in at night. He needs grandparents to spoil him, cousins to play with, and a sister to laugh with.
Let's celebrate the fact that a tiny little guy in China has a family!!!
A mom who can't wait to hug him, a dad who will teach him how to play baseball, and a sister who can show him the ropes.
He has a family.
He is loved.
He is ours.
And he is coming home soon!
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27