Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Yes, It's True

You may have heard the rumors. You may have even seen my big announcement on facebook, or heard the shrieks coming from our house a couple of months ago.

Yes, it's true.

I'm adopting again.

He's three-and-a-half years old. He's absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful. He's got an impish grin, and multiple reports describe him as a mischief-making little snuggle bug. In other words, he'll fit right in with the rest of my little snuggly scamps.

He's waiting for me in an orphanage on the coast of China. I am madly trying to wade through the mountains and mountains of paperwork required by his government and my government before I can scoop him up and bring him home. It's overwhelming, honestly. In the six short years since Eric came home from China it has become insanely more complex. Thank you, Hague Treaty, for much of that.

Mentally and emotionally, this was a rough journey. It took years and a lot of patience on God's part to bring me here. If I gloss over it and don't go into detail here, it's because it's too private and too sacred. This call to adopt another child, from halfway across the globe, as a single mother to four other kiddos--ultimately it was between me and God. It involved a lot of tears, arguing, whimpering, and whining before I was ready to align my will with His. I'm not proud of this, and I'm not excusing it. I am deeply and profoundly grateful that He was willing to walk with me until I came around. I think He knew I'd get on board eventually. But that is my rambling way of saying that if you've got anything negative to say about this plan, if you want to question my sanity (way ahead of you on that one, trust me) or give me religious reasons why, as a single mom, I shouldn't do this, or tell me that this is a bad idea for any can say it, but God and I aren't listening.

Oh my goodness, we are so excited! I can't even really put into words. This has been a long time coming. My kids knew it long before I did. I was a tough nut to crack, but they kept working away at me. There was never any doubt in their minds that there was another "China Boy" meant for our family.

That's him. That's my boy. Gotcha Day can't come fast enough.


the Villamor's said...

So so SO excited for you and this little guy. Love that smile!!

Melanee said...

Oh Wendy! I am so happy that you put this small sliver of your decision making process down for your children to read.

This reminds me of my mother, who as you know adopted eight children, and was ridiculed, praised, gossiped about and questioned for years about her sanity and other things. But like you, she knew what she knew, and she knew what God knew, and she still knows and she did it.

I am entirely thrilled for you. You truly reverently WOW me, and I am so sincerely grateful I get to keep up with you, because your example presses me to keep being true to my own inner call, no matter how hard it is, and no matter how it looks on the outside.

I love you and can't wait for more pics and stories!

Sindea Horste said...

Prayers that you bring him home. I think you are on the right track, and am so impressed, as always. Can I say I loved where you said 'God and I aren't listening'? Profound, really. We should all be able to feel so strongly.