We received our dossier packet last week, and have begun compiling this HUGE packet of information to be sent to Ethiopia. Our agency let us know that it generally takes 3-6 months to complete the dossier, but we're shooting for the 3 month completion date. ;)
Included in the paperwork to be submitted will be a personal letter from us to the Ethiopian government covering a few different topics, such as: explaining our reasons as to why we want to adopt and how many children we want to adopt...
We've decided to adopt 2 children!!
Yep, 2 kiddos! You're probably thinking "they are crazy" and I guess you're right, we might be a little crazy, huh? This is something we've been talking about for a couple months and have finally decided to go for it. As scary as it seems, we know that we have more than enough room in our hearts to love and care for 2 little ones. We had our home study completed for 2 children, 0-2 years old, so our house may be a little zoo-like this time next fall! We so excited for ALL that comes along with multiple children so close in age... maybe a little terrifying, but fun all the same!
Throughout our decision making process, the extra expenses of raising a second child kept bringing doubts into our mind as to whether or not we should do this. However, after a lot of prayer and discussion, we realized how selfish we were being about it. Why would we even think it was okay to cringe at the extra cost of diapers or daycare, when there are millions of children in need of a loving family? God never tells us that following His call will be easy or comfortable, and as a couple our lifestyle has been pretty comfortable up until this point. We know that this decision is going to change EVERYTHING about how we live our lives, but we feel the gift of two precious little ones will far outweigh any sacrifices we'll have to make.
So our little family is about to go from a family of 2 to a family of 4 within a very short time. In fact, just a year ago, we were talking about the very real possibility of never being able to have children and now we're planning to put two cribs in one nursery; very cool how God grows families. (smile) One year from now as we sit around the Thanksgiving table, we'll count 2 more blessings in our life...and that sounds perfect to me.