Today I had my physical for our foster care adoption of Baby S. That was the last bit that we had to do and now his file can go to Central Office for processing! Woohoo!
My baby is growing and changing every day. He was born addicted to drugs, but today he is a smiling, crawling, pointing, babbling, one year old who lights up our lives. I don't know if we will foster again, but I do know that he was our greatest reward for fostering. We have had a lot of hard times in our last four years involved in foster care. It has been one of the hardest and best things we have ever done. Baby S is our prize :) We are blessed beyond words.
On an "international note", we had some doubts this past month, but have decided to continue with our international adoption homestudy. We took some time to pray, wait on God, grieve, and listen. God has not told us to stop, so we will continue to move. The country we feel He is calling us to is closing adoptions for the next three months, so in the meantime we'll do whatever we can do on our end to get ready for their re-open. Bring on the paperwork! It has been such a huge blessing to see the little one we originally committed to meeting his mommy and daddy for the first time. I won't lie, at first it made me cry. I had so hoped to be his mommy and to have that meeting. I dreamed of it. But, helloooooo???? This is so not about me!!! Ha! God is amazing. He knew this precious one needed out of his country before the adoption closure. As always, His ways are so much higher than our ways. I'm thankful for that.