Friday, May 22, 2015

The Questions

Okay, I've been meaning to type up a post with questions I've been getting asked about our new adoption and the answers, so here it is.

1. ARE YOU JUST GOING TO KEEP ADOPTING FOREVER? ~~ I can't tell you how many people have asked us this. It's actually kind of funny to me, as we're a very small family by most adoptive family standards. But the answer is no. We don't intend to adopt again after this. We always planned to complete two adoptions, with however many children that might mean. So this is not a surprise. We feel that God is already telling us we're being called to a different mission after this adoption. We don't know what it is yet, but I'm sure it will become clear when the time comes. Of course, I know better than to put a period where God might have intended a comma, but we don't anticipate another adoption in the future.

2. DO YOU NEED TO FUNDRAISE THIS TIME, AND HOW CAN WE HELP? ~~ We are lucky enough not to need as much money this time, and our circumstances are different. We didn't have to start by fundraising from the beginning and our new daughter came with a fairly large grant. That being said, we do need to fundraise again. Just not as much. If you would like to help, prayers are always appreciated and we also have another YouCaring page set up. You can find it here. We really appreciate any help or prayers others can offer.

3. WILL YOU ADOPT 2 AGAIN? ~~ I'm also surprised how much we've been asked this question. The answer is, we don't know. Currently, we are only adopting one. We are HS approved for 2, so it isn't impossible, but we currently have not submitted LOI for another child.

4. TELL US ABOUT THE BABY! ~~ She turned two in November, near to Gillian's birthday. By the time we pick her up, she will be three. She lives somewhere in Inner Mongolia. I won't share where because that would be too much information, but I'm really interested in learning more about Inner Mongolia, and even just Mongolia. She has the same special need as Jake, Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy and brain differences, but her case is classified as mild, whereas Jake's needs are moderate. Her weak side is her right and Jake's is his left. But it will be good to already know what we're getting into. We will probably name her Elizabeth Jane. Jane is after my great-great grandmother, Jane Fenix, who was the daughter of an Irish immigrant who came to America as an indentured servant and a Blackfoot indian trail guide. How did they meet? No one knows. But she defied so many expectations to forge her way to the life she wanted. Elizabeth is in honor of Elizabeth DeHority, whose was so pivotal in our journey to bring the boys home. Both women are examples of strength and courage, something I'd love to pass down to each of my children, not just the newest Anderson!


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