7 Quick Takes

Friday, July 20, 2012
Ok, this is getting a little pathetic. This is like my 14th post today.

So, the other night Matthew and I had a talk about adoption and how much the Reece's Rainbow children have been on my heart lately. And much to my surprise and delight he didn't give a flat out "no." He mentioned some of his concerns, which are all completely valid and totally rational and I shared my thoughts as well. I don't want to delve into it too much out respect for his and our privacy, but I will ask you to please pray for us and for the seeds of faith to grow, grow, grow!

Despite everything, I can't help but mentally plan the logistics of an international adoption and what would need to be done beforehand and during to make the process go as smoothly as possible. I probably shouldn't even entertain such thoughts, but I just can't help myself. So allow me to fantasize a little about what would need to be done to prepare for an adoption. Indulge me.

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Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray for discernment, pray for guidance, pray for the child. Inevitably, adoption would have countless challenges, so prayer would be an absolute necessity for survival.

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Read and research. The following books have been recommended as must reads for prospective adoptive parents and I found a few others that I would want to read as well.

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Prepare for the medical challenges ahead and research child's medical conditions as much as possible. I actually see our experience with craniosynostosis as an advantage here. We are very familiar with doctors and hospitals and being advocates for our children's health. 

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Blogger Tiny Green Elephants gives great advice on how to best prepare for an adoption here. She and her husband are adopting two children from Eastern Europe. First on her list is to "get real about your personal finances." You don't need to be rich to adopt. In fact, I was really surprised at how low the income requirements were. But it wouldn't hurt to be debt free and have savings specifically set aside to fund the adoption. However, I have absolutely no qualms about asking for money for an adoption, if it came to that. 

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Make sure house meets home-study requirements. This would be things like make sure there are working smoke detectors in the house and such.

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Organize and update paperwork.  My passport has expired so obviously that would need to be renewed. Also, it would be important to have all necessary certificates and paperwork set aside in a special file. 

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I can't think of  something else that would be important to do beforehand. Suggestions? 
I have already thought that if we were travel to say, the Ukraine, I think I would pack one suitcase full of food. Is that even legal? I don't know. Not like lettuce, obviously, but things like canned goods and peanut butter that we could eat while we were there.

If I'm being honest, we probably won't adopt, at least not anytime soon. But I'm praying that if this is God's will that the little sliver of possibility be cracked wide open. These babies are worth it.

Stella and Beatrice
(Click their names to learn more.)

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4 comments:

  1. I pray that God blesses you by letting you help his orphans, in some way.

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  2. Those books look soooo interesting!! I think it's wonderful that you are praying to discern if God is asking this of you....sooner or later...or if He just wants you to be more open to whatever he asks.
    These little ones are so worth it...so sweet.

    Praying for you, for sure!!

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  3. Thanks, Kerry!

    I'm okay if God is not asking this of us, but you're right, I just want to be open.
    The little ones are certainly worth at least considering it!

    XOXO

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