This is kind of a long story, but the purpose of this blog is not only to share our journey with friends and family, but as a journal for our boys. For several months I have just had this feeling that when we went to China we would be bring two kids home. Our homestudy and USCIS approved us for two children. Every time I picture being in China there was just always two, but this was sooo not our plan, but as I am learning my plan is not always God's plan. Okay, the long story...when we decided back at the end of February of last year to adopt again I started researching adoption agencies. When we adopted Maylin we did not have to use an agency so this was new territory for us. I emailed three agencies to ask a few questions and one got back to me within a few hours so we decided to go with them. One of the agencies we did not choose has continued to send me emails every so often of kids they are highlighting that need to be adopted. 99% of the time I would read through the email and then delete it, but on Thanksgiving day I received one of these emails and was moved by what I read. Here is the photo and the description of "Dusty" that was in the email.
Dusty is 13 years old. He is a healthy older child. Dusty hopes he can go to college to become a computer programmer and design games. He does well in school and has learned some English. He never gets in trouble, and he studies hard. He is an excellent artist and can do traditional Chinese painting. He also loves to play guitar. Dusty is good friends with Lucky and Ned. They hope they all will be able to be adopted and remain close.
Now...does he not sound like a great kid??? I sent an email to the agency and then told Richard :) He was almost as excited as I was. He even told some of our family at Thanksgiving that we had inquired about an older child. We had to wait through the holiday weekend to hear anything, but we were told that Dusty was being considered by a few other families and she would put us on a waiting list. The China coordinator then said they could not transfer his file to our current agency since he was one of their kiddos. We were sad, but thankful that Dusty was getting a family.
So now fast forward about seven weeks, January 12th or 13th. I spent a few hours on the computer reading some adoption forums and even joined a couple of Yahoo groups for adoptive families. One was for families who had kids from Jiangxi which is Jayden's province and the other one was a waiting child advocate group. I had to wait to get an email that I was approved before I could log into either group. Then I "happened" to go to a website called Rainbow Kids which has photolistings of available children. I had not been on this website in many months...pretty much since we had locked in Jayden's file back in August. Guess who was on the first page of photolistings?? I really could not believe it. I called Richard and contacted the agency that had his file back in November. I checked my email several times over the next few days waiting for an answer from the agency about Dusty. In the meantime, Sunday the 15th, I was approved access to the Yahoo waiting child advocate group so I logged in to check it out. There is a photolisting file titled "URGENT! Aging Out!" I clicked on it and guess who was listed there...Dusty. I yelled at Richard to come and look who I had found. We seriously could not believe it. I then emailed the contact on photolisting who almost immediately sent me Dusty's file, pictures and even a video of him playing the guitar that had been taken that weekend. All of this meant that Dusty was back on the shared list and could be adopted through ANY agency. Also his orphanage fee which is around $5000 had been waived. Can we say God knew this was going to happen and that is why it did not work out for us back in November?!?
I guess I should stop and explain that when an orphan in China turns 14 years old they are unable to be adopted. Dusty's birthday is April 27th and if he is not adopted by that date he will not have a family.
We went to the video link of Dusty playing the guitar and I cried...alot...
After talking to the rest of the kids, we ALL decided he was a perfect fit for our family. On Monday morning I called our agency and had his file locked in. China has given us approval to adopt Dusty as well as our homestudy agency and our adoption agency. Although it has taken us almost a year to complete Jayden's adoption, because Dusty is about to age out, both governments will expedite everything to get him adopted into a family. We are currently waiting for our Letter of Acceptance from China which we should be getting within the next week. This step took 53 days to complete for Jayden. It is so amazing to me how fast they can get things done for these older kids. If all goes right, we will still be traveling in March to pick up both boys.
We still are praying mightily about the financial aspect of all of this, but God has given me a peace just like He did with Maylin's adoption that everything will work out. Dusty's fees will be less than half of Jayden's adoption fees and we will be able to travel and get them both at the same time so that will save alot. God has provided every dollar just at the right time for Jayden and I KNOW he will do the same for Dusty.