I am happy to say that our children are all doing really well together and are well-adjusted to one-another. When we started the adoption process I figured it may take a year for all of us to truly feel as if we were "one" family and not like we were still working at being a true family unit with segmented parts. Sometimes when you add another child to your family there is a natural tendency for the children who were already in the home (and even the parents) to think about or even comment about what it was like without the newly adopted child(ren). Those kind of comments and thoughts are a thing of the past now for us, and we can't imagine our lives without our precious Lyric. You should hear that girl laugh. It is such a sweet, precious sound that you never want it to stop.
|CJ at 4H awards banquet|
|Tyler hanging out at park|
|Laurel engrossed in a mystery|
|Lyric, in China, eating peanut butter on a stick|
|Lyric, pouting for fun|
Everything has been quiet as far as our adoption from Colombia goes. Oddly enough, it's been rather peaceful not thinking about the next bit of paperwork that needs to be turned in or if we filled all the documents out correctly. By now, our dossier should have been received back at the main ICBF headquarters in Bogota. Children's Hope, our adoption agency, is going to check on this for us next week to make sure. It may have already been sent to another region, but it may not have. The paperwork process for adoptions tends to slow down a bit in December. I'll keep you posted when we hear more news!
Please continue to pray for the children whose referral we could not accept - they need a family, and they need to know the love of Jesus if they don't know Him already. If you are interested at all in adopting a sibling group of 4 (or any children!) from Colombia - ages 9 and under - please get in contact with Nichole at Children's Hope International.
Thank you for your prayers for our family,