So as Kurt and I prayed about where God had brought us, we knew that this detour may or may not be a door closing permanently on adopting from foster care, but at this time in our family's life, the door was closed.
It had been months since I had checked any waiting child list other than AdoptUSKids.
One evening I decided to look at WACAP's waiting child list for girls in China and a little girl who's file we had looked at in the spring was back on there list. She was a hearing impaired little girl, cute as a button. I showed Kurt that she was back on the list and he told me to email and inquire about her.
It was during this wait to hear back from WACAP that we remembered why we had to also close the door on China at this time. And while discussing this, we received an email that said she was no longer on the shared list and that they just hadn't taken her picture off yet.
By this point, we really had no idea what God was up to.
WACAP already had our checklist of special needs that we would be able to consider. It was a much bigger list than with Jackson. With Jackson we knew we wanted to adopt a hearing impaired little boy. But now, God had shown us so many things that we could handle. girls, sibling groups, etc..
While discussing with Sydney and Jadon about adding another child or children to our family we often discussed age of children. We were now at a place where we felt like we could inquire about children, specifically girls up to age 10. This was huge for us. When we were adopting Jackson we were looking for under age 3 years old.
We replied to the Family Finders coordinator, thanking her for letting us know about the little girl we had inquired about. And asked if there happen to be any girls up to age 10 or sibling groups available in a different country.
We anxiously awaited her reply.
On Friday, September 2, 2001 the reply came.
Her reply was something like this...it's unusual to see girls referred from this country with the types of individual needs your family is open to, BUT, there is one girl I know of that you might be interested in...
And there she was! Our daughter!!!!
She is everything we dreamed of!
She is 4 1/2 years old, only 6 months older than Jackson. She has amniotic banding. She was also described as the leader of her friends...and a bit bossy!
She should fit in perfectly around here!
The process will be long and unlike anything we experienced with China. It can take as long as 2 years to get her home. And unfortunately, it may be a year before we know that SHE is officially ours. There are no pre-approvals and there are no guarantees.
She is from Thailand and we are simply in love!
We are naming her Khloe, which means a tender shoot or a new, fresh bud.
We will have a blog to follow her adoption, just as we did for Jackson, so that one day we can print it out for her.
When trying to come up with a name for her blog, I really wanted something that God had spoken to me so many years ago. And I really needed scripture that God had spoken to me as well.
That scripture was revealed to me and I knew what her blog would be.
"God is not a man that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" Numbers 23:19
You will be able to follow our long, journey to Khloe at Promises Spoken
Sydney and Jadon will be blogging as they feel the need to at Kisses for Khloe
We are so thankful that we have friends and family that support us and have already welcomed Khloe with open arms! We covet your prayers during this time of God growing our family.
We don't know when we will be able to post her pictures, but it may not be until we have an official referral.
But I can promise you that she is breathtaking and radiant...a tender shoot!