We mailed our dossier to
On the plane ride home from
On that same list was a little boy named Jacob. Jacob was 6 months old and his medical report said that he had Hepatitis B. I inquired as to what my husband would think about adopting two boys. His response was that we had just adopted a child that was considered to have special needs and that was enough for us right now. A month or two passed and I continued to watch the children on the waiting list. As I was reviewing the list one day I was horrified when I saw a picture of Jacob. Jacob at nine months old had dwindled away to 10 pounds and looked very weak. I told my husband that we had to do something or he was going to die. So I contacted the adoption agency to inquire about Jacob. Neither of us had any doubt that we would adopt Jacob.
The agency took Jacob in for a medical evaluation to try to figure out why he had gotten so weak. Our adoption agency would not allow us to officially accept Jacob’s referral until a medical report was received. We sat and waited, while Jacob’s health was not improving. We begged and pleaded with our agency to please let us go ahead and adopt Jacob. We did not care about his diagnosis and would adopt him regardless of what his medical needs turned out to be. Finally, they allowed us to officially accept his referral but not before we signed a waiver stating that we knew his medical information was unknown and that there was a possibility that he would pass away before the adoption was completed. Well, our God works miracles and we slowly began to see Jacob get stronger as we waited to bring him home.
We brought Gabriel and Jacob home on July 31, 2008 on Jacob’s 1st birthday. Jacob has been diagnosed with Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy. He had an MRI shortly after arriving home which uncovered the reason he has Cerebral Palsy. Jacob has several Congenital Brain Malformations. In fact, he has a large cleft where part of his brain is missing. Turned out he was not Hepatitis B+.
It is funny to think back to the day I saw a little boy that was positive for Hepatitis and we thought we could not handle another child with a health issue. I am so glad that God knows what we can handle and what is best for us. Jacob is such a joy and I cannot imagine not having him as a part of our family.
Our journeys to
Grace is a stunning 10 year old full of beauty inside and out. She has a serving heart and has really taken to the role of the big sister. We are honored to call her our daughter.
Sera is a miracle, full of laughter and spunk. Sera was born with several birth defects affecting her eyes, brain, hands and feet. Since coming home Sera has been diagnosed with a very rare genetic disorder called Bardet-Biedl Syndrome. Sera is loosing her vision and is already legally blind. She also has a Medulary Cystic Kidney disease which will eventually lead to kidney failure. She has made unbelievable progress since she came home.
When we received Lily's file for review, in February 2012, we were hooked. We said "YES" and immediately sent in our LOI. We received PA soon after. We were at the time still waiting on the file for the little guy we were hoping to adopt too. After some time had passed we finally received "the call", unfortunately it was not "the call" we had hoped for. Sadly, our little guy had passed away possibly due to a heart issue common to children with Down Syndrome. After the passing of our sweet Daniel we really did not know how to proceed. Do we pursue another child?
We finally decided to give it all to God and have him make the decision. I prayed "God if our son is out there lay him in front of us". We contacted our agency and asked that they review the waiting children's shared files to see if we could be matched. We were a little surprised when we were sent a file, as not many families were getting matched. We prayed. God answered. We said YES!! We never hesitated.
In November 2012 we traveled to Hangzhou China to meet Isaac Guo Hong and make him our son. After his adoption was completed we hoped a plane over to Guangzhou China to meet Lily Xin Da and make her our daughter. It still amazes me how God perfectly matches children into our family.
There is still more . . . . .