Where to start?
First off, I’ll cut right to the one question y’all probably have: Who??
No one. Yet.
We received our 797 on August 27th. And our dossier was winging it’s way to China on September 3rd.
I know. What!?!
You’re not the only one thinkin’ we’re crazy. I think it occasionally myself.
So, what’s the rest of the story?
It started well before Vivienne came home.
In the spring of 2009, there was another little one that stole my heart. Not away from Vivienne, as we knew without a doubt that she was our daughter. But I couldn’t deny how strongly I felt about this other child. I tried to ignore it. I tried to deny it. I tried to forget about it. But there was no escape and eventually Chris and I began to consider the option of trying to bring this child home at the same time as Vivienne.
When we had to update our homestudy due to our cross-country move, we requested to be approved for two children instead of one. We spoke to our agency. And we prayed, hard. We wanted to exhaust every option on our part to try to make this miracle happen.
Because this child who weighed so heavily on my heart would only become part of our family if He intervened.
But He didn’t intervene. And that miracle never occurred. And that was okay. We wanted to be the family this child needed, but we wanted God’s plan even more.
Through this adventure of digging into the depths of our hearts over this ‘other’ child, we began to realize, in bringing home our 9th child, that we were not done.
And that’s where the story of this child, unknown to us but known to God, begins.