More about our journey of adoption (still in process!).... As we started this journey, we were not sure which direction we would go. We had a situation that was presented to us concerning a domestic adoption that we pursued, but it did not work out. We considered foster adoption, but God closed that door too. We had another domestic adoption that we were approached with, but the mother changed her mind. We then began to look to international adoption. We considered many countries and gathered information from many sources, but with no single, clear, immediate direction that we felt led to go.
Then, one day as I was on Facebook, a friend suggested we check out another friend's blog. I had no idea that this would be a life changing suggestion. I remember thinking, "Hey, I know her. I wonder what she is up to." And guess what she was up to ... adopting from Ethiopia! She had posted several "gotcha day" videos. I watched them and cried my eyes out. Those children just grabbed my heart and wouldn't let go. John and I talked and prayed about it and knew that God was calling us to Africa.
As we went through this process we found that what started as a desire to adopt one child grew into a desire for two children. It was unanimous! We knew that God was calling us to adopt two children at the same time. My oldest daughter even dreamed about it one night. She dreamed that we were coming home from Africa with her baby brother and sister. She said that when she saw us the baby sister reached for her and hugged her and G began crying. She told me how she woke up crying. Now, if you know G you know that this is not like her. She just doesn't cry about things. We felt that this was a confirmation from God.
What we originally thought would be Ethiopia changed to the Congo. So that is where we are preparing to go now. We have found an agency that will help us adopt two children at the same time (whether biologically related or not). They have accepted our application, and our home study is near completion. We are finally on our way! Thanks be to God!