We have two sons and one daughter through the miracle of adoption.
Our first adoption was TM's who was adopted at the age of 3 years, 9 months from Danang Vietnam. His adoption involved a very rocky transition for everyone involved. We have all come so far. If you are interested in reading his adoption story, including his and mine subsequent attachment, here are the links in order:
It is required you do awake your faith.
Why is there are three-year-old waiting for us in Vietnam?
There is never a straight line in international adoption
More news and more waiting
T minus 80 (+/-) hours and counting
Chapter 1: Where are J & E now? -- Wherein our travellers learn the meaning of "false start" and make no progress at all.
Chapter 2: a brief interlude
Chapter 3: A first encounter
Chapter 3 addendum
Chapter 4: Humans doing well
Chapter 5: Miscellanea
Chapter 6: Counting down again
Chapter 7: The first 24 hours
Chapter 8: Bright spots
Chapter 9: Staggering about punch drunk
Chapter 10: For every down an up
Chapter 11: New city, new taxbracket
Chapter whatever: Some short notes
Chapter 13: Waiting in Hanoi
Chapter 14: Into the home stretch
Chapter 15: Counting down again
Chapter 16: A touching reunion
Great is Thy Faithfulness
The good, the bad, and the ugly, or attachment revisted
Home for 10 months
One and a half years
I love you, Mommy
Fish oil is...
Canary in the coal mine
A small parenting success
Language and grieving
Our second adoption was K. He was adopted from Dong Nai, Vietnam at the age of 2 years three months. While his transition was very easy, his adoption, particularly the wait to bring him home was excruciating. About K.:
"24" a la Curry
Update on K.
In for the long haul
He's not a baby anymore!
Some travel plans
We have new pictures
One more step down
Adoption is NOT the easier way to add to your family
Finally some news on the adoption front
A quick update
Happy Birthday, K.!
Glory be to the Father... we're going to Vietnam
I'm able to think a bit more clearly now
New pictures in the bucket
Tuesday morning with K.
On to Hanoi...
More about K.
Miscellanea from Hanoi
Hanoi's deceptive streetscape
Sticky wickets in Hanoi
Motion and stillness
Rain in Hanoi
We can come home anytime...
New pictures and a quick update
Penultimate day in Hanoi
It's always something
Coming up for air
Normal, everyday chaos
MAY CAUSE DIZZYNESS
Two months... already?!?
Happy Birthday K.!
H. is our newest daughter who came home at 9 years, 5 months from Henan, China. She is a sweet, sweet girl who is transitioning very well. Her biggest challenges seem as though they will be physical as I am pretty sure she has a lot of surgery in her future to correct her facial tumors. Posts about H.:
To God be the Glory Great Things He Hath Done!
Overwhelmed and humbled
A special gift for a special girl
Prayer requests for H. and her adoption
Could it really be possible?
It seems fitting
Notary disasters... or why labor is easier
But if not
There are just a few reasons why I would post twice in one day...
Why do I think anything with an adoption will be easy?
Photo vocabulary cards
Indulge me while I do a bit of whining
I'm here... sort of
Weeping may tarry for the night
Joy comes in the morning
My newest project - picture calendar
My to do list
Last post from this side of the world
We made it!
Officially a family of 12
Day 2: More paperwork and we are officially H.'s parents
Day 3: A walk in the park
Day 4: Fish... real and surreal
A quick update
Day 5: Amusement in the morning and then not so much
Day 6: That horrible sound you heard? That was me grinding my teeth in fury
Day 7: Pandas!!
Day 8: Guerrilla shopping
Day 9: Doing the island
How to use the Guangzhou subway system
Day 10: We go in search of the statue of five goats and I end up talking about food
Day 11: Mountain climbing
Day 13: And the gold medal for bravery goes to H... or Help! how did I get stuck with these crazy people?
Day 14 (part 1): Uncle!
Day 14 (part 2): A three hour tour
Day 15 (part 1): Shepherd's Field Children's Village
Day 15 (part 2): I have the best friends in the world
For anyone interested in pursuing adoption, I urge you to do due diligence and research your chosen agency very carefully before committing. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of corruption in the adoption world, and you want to avoid it at all cost. A quick google search of 'adoption agency research' should turn up more than enough information as a place to start.
We used Holt International for both of our Vietnam adoptions. I have no reservations about recommending them as an ethical agency who cares about children... both the children they place and those who remain in their home countries. For our adoption of H., we used CCAI. I also feel comfortable recommending them as an ethical agency. Our guides in China were excellent and knowledgeable. Feel free to email me with any questions. See the contact information on the blog.