I know it has been almost a year since we last posted which is pretty pathetic. So much has happened in the last year. So I will give you the cliff notes version.
The truth is Justin and I really only started the blog so we could keep everyone updated on the adoption especially when we went to Ukraine for 6 to 8 weeks. However as soon as we started the blog God gave us a surprise, we were pregnant! We had been praying for this blessing for a long time and were waiting for God's perfect timing. So when we found out we were so excited and yet a little sad that once again God would want us to wait for the child that we had been praying to adopt.
We are using the agency Lifeline to adopt. If you are adopting and get pregnant with your first child they want you to postpone your adoption until your child is 6 months so you can get settled and see if adoption is still for you. We still felt very called to adoption and wanted to continue with the process as much as we could. So we finished all of our Home Studies and most of the questions by January 2011 and the plan was to see our social worker when Eli was 6 months (Oct./Nov 2011) and get the process rolling again. We were aiming to be in Ukraine by the summer of 2012. Elijah would be a little over a year. ( More on Eli in our next post!)
But this summer we got word from our social worker that Ukraine had passed a new law that we could not adopt any child younger than 5 years of age. Our hearts broke again because we knew we would not get a 1 year old from Ukraine but we have been praying for a toddler. Here is where we really understood Lifeline's policy of waiting 6 months after your first child. After having Eli our desire to adopt grew stronger after we realized how much a baby depended on his or her parents and how much love we had for Eli. Our hearts broke knowing that there are 147 million orphans that do not have the love and care that they deserve and need and somewhere was our child that God had planned for us to adopt waiting to be held and loved. But also having Eli we realized that we have so much to learn about being parents and that we would not be ready for a child that could be older than 5 right now.
So we are back to praying for God's will and perfect timing. We are still planning on adopting internationally but we are praying for God to lead us to when and where. Please pray with us that God would show us the path to take and with the adjustment to parenthood that we would be still and listen for his voice even if it comes in a gentle whisper.
I will try to be better about posting but I am not promising anything!