I can't single-handedly fight a war or change political policy.
Here's the story of our new son:
Through both processes to bring our girls home, we have changed, grown and stretched so much in terms of our faith. We've learned that the children who need families are not defined by their special needs. They are human and they need love. That's all.
We've also learned things that we can't unlearn:
- There are so many more boys waiting in China than girls.
- Boys are often overlooked for girls.
- Being a boy over the age of 2 or 3 is a special need in and of itself.
- When kids in China turn 14, they are no longer eligible for adoption and face a life of very uncertain terms. Employment, education, social acceptance etc. are very unlikely for orphans who have aged out.
When we went to Maggie's orphanage, we saw things we can't unsee:
- Children everywhere, stuck in their cribs for most of the day.
- Boys, girls, many, many special needs.
- They were starving for food, love, attention.
- Few workers, few toys and little love.
- It was dark, quiet and devastating.
- We also saw many people with special needs on the streets begging, because they were not given the opportunity to go to school, get a job and be treated equally.
The seed was planted in the back of our minds.
In the meantime, life was crazy, hectic, busy and overwhelming with 4 kids of varying needs.
because he's our son.
- His special need is rare and severe.
- He'll need surgeries, therapies, castings and extra help.
- Our plates would be too full.
- We had no money for another adoption.
- He is a treasured child of God.
- He needs a family.
- We are immensely blessed.
- We have a lot of love to share.
- God will equip us.
We are beyond excited. Join us on our journey to bringing Joey home!