Yes, we are adopting again. We have PA for our little girl, Phoebe Hope.
She is 7, same as Kat. And she's gorgeous. As all our girls are:)
Now for the negative family members, and yes, I am pointing out that you are indeed, our own family-- please be advised that these are appropriate responses when speaking to us-
Congratulations. How nice. What a blessing she will be. How lovely. I'm happy for you all. I'm sure you can even read comments left on this post to see some great responses, right folks?
And if those things just can't seem to find their way to your lips, then there is always the option of saying NOTHING and keeping your issues out of our JOY.
Because she is, in fact, a joy, a blessing, a gift from God to us. ALL of us.
God has already shown us our daughter, given us the funding to begin the journey to her. We know she is meant to be one of our many crew, and we are honored to be chosen to parent her.
To answer other sure-to-be questions-
The kids are quite happy.
Yes, we have room in the new house for her. Kat and her will share a room and Kat is thrilled she will have a sister her age. She told me out of the blue yesterday "I will love Phoebe and be a great sister to her. I'll hold her hand so she doesn't trip to get on the bus."
We will be able to reuse the boys' dossier paperwork for those adoption savvy people, saving us $$ and time. Our LOI (Letter of Intent) went in before the boys 1 year anniversary date of adoption.
We don't know when we will travel yet, too early to guess with reusing the paperwork being new to us. Not sure who will travel either, me for sure, dad no.
We had our HS update done last night and it went very well. We are well prepared for this new precious gift of a daughter to love.
Will she be the last. YES. She will. 12, a dozen, nice round number. Done- on to focusing on raising the ones we have. It's tough to love one you can't touch, you can't see, you don't know if she is sick, or happy, or sad, or loved for months and months till we go get her.
We were surprised about this last one, but feel no less blessed to be chosen for her:)
As for making you wait, well, these hardworking construction dudes, they didn't realize we had the Internet/phone service connected and when they started working on Monday a line was in the way so one them snipped it. OIY. Just happened to be that cable! Of course it was. (Not lying MOM)
The work on the house has gone amazingly fast, the lower level is framed. The well was drilled yesterday. The electric guys are here now, the heat guys came and went. The plumber is due soon and more materials are on the way. The footer is poured for the garage. The dry wall that had to come down is down, walls out that needed out gone, the flooring is all out of the upstairs. I can't believe how much as been done in 3 days!
It might have something to do with me threatening to send these kids home with workers if they don't get our house done soon enough? I do know I went to buy paint and the woman overheard me talking on the phone to the contractor and told me her hubby was working here. I asked if he told her what a mess the house was- nope, he told her we had a TON of kids:)
12 to be exact. 10 here, 1 in heaven, and now #12, our lovely Phoebe Hope.
Can't wait to love on her!