So its been over a year since I last posted! Most of you have kept up with us on facebook, but here's a quick recap of the last year.
May 2011 -We sold our house! We made a profit and were able to pay off one of my student loans, put a down payment on our next house, and had a chunk to officially start the adoption process.
July 2011 - We moved into our new home! It has more space, a bigger and more functional yard, and our mortgage payment is cheaper. God blessed us beyond my expectations.
August 2011-My oldest son started school. He had a wonderful Kindergarten year at a great school. There are so many interracially adopted kids! Two other boys in his classroom have the same family pattern, 2 biological boys and an adopted child. I love that it is a familiar family type here.
We also put money down with an adoption agency and completed our homestudy. We decided to pursue adoption in Ghana for several reasons. The Nepali government was going through another threat to its political stability and the US still had a hold on adoptions there. It was just too risky for us to pursue. Ghana's profile fit very well for our family in timing, age of child, and cost.
February 2012 - We got an email asking us to consider twin 9month old boys. We thought, discussed, and prayed about it for a couple of weeks and decided to accept them. It was mostly a step of faith, trusting God to guide our steps, even if it suprised us.
March 2012 - We had a big fundraiser with Both Hands foundation. So many gave us their time, energy, and generous donations. It was a huge blessing to our spirits and the financial burden. We also were able to bless a beautiful widow in our neighborhood. Check out the foundation in my links to learn more about the great work they do. At the end of the month, we sent off our dossier (big fat application to the Ghanian government)!
May 2012 - The twins had their first birthday, but I wished it had been with us. The Tuesday after Memorial weekend, we got a call that they had gotten sick and were hospitalized, they think it was malaria. One of the boys actually passed away that weekend. He had already been buried by the time we were contacted. The other twin was doing well physically,but the details were sparse. We have grieved and feel peace for the one who passed,but are now very eager to bring the other home, to love and care for this little one who has lost so much.
June 2012- We finally got a court date and booked a flight! We will be there a couple weeks in July for court and to file paperwork for his visa. He will likely stay with us for much of the trip, but we will have to leave him. We should be able to travel one more time and bring him home by early September. Oh and we picked a name! Enam, a Ghanian name that means "gift from God."
So now that we are all caught up, I can blog more timely and more in depth. There have been a lot of emotions and lessons learned the past year and I hope to do a better sharing them with you our friends and family.