Well, the truth is that I really miss my blog. My time and energy after coming home from China in 2012 were poured into the exhausting task of Joya's adjustment, attachment, and healing (not to mention parenting five children).
Then, I found my life's passion. I now fit in about 15 hours per week writing and advocating for China's orphans through Love Without Boundaries.
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Now I need to let a cat out of a bag, or spill some beans, or burst at the seams....
We've been not so public this time, but we are going back to China this summer. We could not ignore that adoption has changed our entire family. Our eyes have been opened to the need, the pain, the opportunity to be used by God to love so tangibly. And we cannot ignore that we have room for one more.
The kids were the first ones to ask when we were going to adopt again. Then my husband started asking me about it, which is very interesting seeing that I waited on him for years before we adopted the first time. Now all the men are leading the charge.
They prayed. He prayed. I prayed. We prayed.
I had this feeling in my heart that Joya needed to stay the baby of our family. Aside from the fact that I'm turning the big 4-0 very soon, I just felt strongly that we should not adopt another baby. My man and I both feel broken for the children that have waited for a family for too long and are overlooked because they are no longer cute little babies.
We looked at files and prayed about different older children before we even started one step of the actual adoption paper chase. Not one worked out. We clearly had the doors close on us and I thought once or twice that we would stay a family of seven.
Then last fall, a child we already knew about came across our paths again. Her adoption was disrupted (meaning she was chosen but her adoption was never completed) and we were sure that she would be chosen again in no time. Five months passed and we found out that she still didn't have a family.
We asked lots of questions and were given loads of information about her. We communicated with people who have met her as well as people who have adopted children of similar age and situation. We prayed that God would shut the door if she wasn't to be a Sweeney. With each new piece of information, we could not find where the door even budged and inch.
So here we are, six months later. We have completed all the paperwork and received a "pre-approval" from the Chinese government. As soon as tomorrow morning, we could wake up to the official LOA (Letter of Acceptance), which means we are officially matched to her.
And then you may see her face. But until then......