How can I ever thank you all enough for rejoicing with us as we add another precious angel to our family? Your encouragement means the world to my family as we journey into the unknown.
I’m going to try and answer your questions in the comments and in e-mails I have received….
First, the big one. What will blessing number seven’s name be?
Oh my goodness, we have kind of gone around in circles on this one. We have always asked the Lord to name our children. It just so happens that our girls all have names that begin with ‘H’. While we love the name the orphanage has given her (Sophia), we never want her to feel left out with not having an ‘H’ name. You know how kids can be some times. We want her to feel like she is part of the family and just like the other girls (if that makes sense). So an ‘H’ name is has to be.
We really love names that have strong, powerful, meanings. After all, every time you say your child’s name you speak the meaning of their name over them.
There were two names that we, as a family, liked. But here’s the thing…try as we may, we just could not find anything ‘spiritual’ about them. The first name we loved was Harper. But the meaning was not deeply profound or meaningful by any stretch of the imagination….it simply means player of the harp or harp player. Yep–nothing super spiritual about that. Trust me, we searched!
Then there was the name Hunter. Anthony wanted to name one of our sons Hunter, we have always loved it. And it means…well, just a hunter. Very significant stuff. We could of turned the fisherman of men into a hunter of men, I guess.
We prayed, we looked at name books and we searched the internet. Finally we made our decision. She will be named……
Our very own little harp player. Who knows, maybe she’ll make sweet music for the Lord, or perhaps she will worship Him with all her heart. We love her name. And we adore her already!
How old is Harper?
She is two. We have always adopted way older children, so this will be a little different for our family.
Doesn’t every 51 year old man NEED a two year old?
Yes, I thought so too.
When will we be able to travel to pick up Hailee and Harper?
Our dossier will be ready to be submitted to their country at the beginning of February. That is when they re-open for receiving dossiers. If all goes well, and there are no delays, we will travel in April.
Is Harper as delayed as Hailee?
You know, we have no idea. We don’t think so. But we have absolutely no medical information to go by. Nothing. We don’t know how big she is, how much she weighs, or even whether she sits, crawls or walks. We have no information whatsoever. Only one little picture.
What we see is what we’ll get–and that is just fine with us. Delayed, or not, she is going to be such a beautiful addition to our family. We know that both Hailee and Harper can only but go from strength to strength in a family…that is so very exciting.
How did we know that Hailee and Harper CANNOT be separated?
I’ll save that for another post.
Are we sure that we can raise the extra $4000 for an extra child?
Is God God?
Will I continue to homeschool once Hailee and Harper are home?
Yes, I think so. Thankfully I will have the summer to adjust to the new normal around here. We’ll take one day at a time and see what happens.
You have mentioned that Hailee will need to have open heart surgery asap, will Harper also?
We really don’t know as we have NO medical information.
Are we afraid?
If I sit and really consider all the things that can possibly go wrong, and all the hard times that could possibly be around the corner for us, yes, my heart does tend to skip a beat every now and then. I am so darn human. But, I really try not to think about the things that can go wrong, and rather focus on the joy of the mission that lies before us. I truly do know that I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.
The only real concern I have right now is how in the world I am going to get two little down syndrome angels home on international flights all on my own. Eek! I thinks it’s called drugs…and a whole lot of them.
Have we always wanted to adopt a child with down syndrome?
No, we never really considered it until the day we saw Hailee and Harper’s pictures. Five years ago I would probably have
run sprinted a mile. But, God has changed us from the inside out. We honestly do feel so incredibly blessed that we have been given the opportunity to parent these two amazing little girls…and to rescue them from certain death in a mental institution.
God is so amazing.
How do our other children feel about having two down syndrome sisters?
They are super excited. The seed of adoption is planted in their hearts. They cannot wait for the girls to come home.
One little issue the boys have is that they are actually going to be outnumbered by the girls in this house. This will be a first for this testosterone dominated home. Lord have mercy! But fear not–those darling boys have come up with a little plan of their own…they have very politely informed us that there is a “little black dude” waiting out there somewhere for us to rescue. They are crazy about one of my friend Shonni’s sons, and need one just like him. Summer…can you help me out here?
Oh my goodness gracious. Anyone got an extra bus lying around for us?
Did that answer everything? Let me know if there is anything else you’re just dying to know.
Love you all!