Saturday, May 19, 2012

Blank states and shocked faces : International Adoption

Scott and I have officially announced we are adopting from India. Most people look at me like I am absolutely insane when I tell them, blank stares and all. I don't care. Anyone who truly knows me, knows this has been something God placed on my heart as a child. Adopting a girl from India was Scott's choice. I didn't care where our 3rd child came from but I knew God would hand pick her for us when the right time came along. In filling out the final application and deciding which medical needs we are willing to consider, God had placed a burden on my heart for a child with a cleft lip and/or palate. I've mentioned it to Scott a few times in the past week and he said we needed to pray about it. I went to get my hair cut and colored on Wednesday and while I was waiting I saw an issue of National Geographic. I thought that seemed out of place considering salons are usually filled with trash, fashion and hair magazines. I picked it up and flipped to a page with a photo of a child with a cleft lip. I had to take a picture and send it to Scott telling him this was surely a sign from God, right? Then yesterday morning I found an old photography magazine from 2008 in our bathroom. I don't know where it came from but recalled seeing it a few days ago when I tossed it in the trash. I picked it up again and immediately flipped it open to a page with a photo of a child with a cleft lip. I am quite certain God is telling us he wants us to consider a child with a cleft lip. When we complete the section of our application entitled "Our Child" we have to list the medical/special needs we are willing to accept. The list is two pages long and having to choose what we feel is manageable and what we aren't sure we could handle is agonizing. How do I choose which disease, disability, or medical condition my child could possibly have?


  1. Many prayers as you embark on this journey!! I'm so excited for your family!