|Hot Chocolate and Adoption|
It's begun. We have taken a big step and begun our adoption application! While this is a little scary (three kids!), it is an answer to prayer in so many ways! I have wanted to adopt since middle school thanks to a beautiful family in our church who adopted five children. God worked on my heart for a long time and gave me a passion for Russia. I took Russian in college so that my future Russian baby would always have their language in the home.
While that might still be God's plan, it is not His plan for right now. Russia is, unfortunately, closed for adoptions in the present. But we still feel His hand guiding us to begin our adoption now. We are still looking at international adoption, and are going through Dillon International. Interesting fact, we don't know what country yet! Dillon has this cool thing called "open options" where you can be considered for multiple countries and once, with their staff helping you narrow it to the best fit based on their needs as well as our capabilities. We have also said that we will take either a boy or a girl, so it's a lot like being pregnant - we don't know much yet other than that a sweet little will be at the end of it all!
The hardest part thus far has been the Special Care Checklist. We were given this long list of possible diseases, conditions, and backgrounds to decide what we are willing to take in a child. It is a weighty decision! We are taking a lot of time to study each condition and pray over it to discern God's will for our family. The only thing we know for sure is that our child will be under 3 years old. We don't know what country our child will come from or how we will afford all of this, but we do know that God is good! He will provide! He is in control and He knows the name of our future child. We would love it if you would commit to pray alongside us and be loving support as we begin this journey.