May 14, 2013, we completed our Adoption Application and were ready to mail it in! The boys were SO excited to head to the post office and be our "helpers." We were very open with them about the entire adoption process, time frame, and how God had a plan for our family. They were the most excited that they would have another little sister or brother. We'd ask Coyer and he'd say he wanted a "baby sister" and we'd ask Kedren he'd say he wanted a "baby brother." We just told them that God was going to surprise us!
One thing I have always loved about our adoptions/biological births is that we left them as a surprise. We never found out the sex of our children until the time of birth or when we "got the call." We had always wanted God to surprise us with this, because we felt this the only time in life we could surprise ourselves as well!
Throughout the next few months we started the home study process with our social worker and continued to fill out paper work. One of the things I shared on our family blog for our future child was, "Dear little one, this is only a small part of what it will take to bring you home, but every minute of time is worth it. Every time we send another envelope in the mail it makes us more excited to know we’re getting closer to the time we will meet you and take you home." Never once did we think that there was "too much" paperwork. We realized we were adopting a child, not purchasing a car, house, or material item. Every paper we filled out was WORTH our TIME. WORTH our LOVE. WORTH our PRAYERS. We had heard so many times before of people complaining about all the paperwork and that was not something we wanted to complain about. We wanted this process to put our hearts in the right place, focusing on how God was at work, and that was just a piece in the puzzle. I promise, if you are considering adoption, the paperwork is the easiest thing you can do and WORTH it.
Seeing the excitement on my boys' faces the day we mailed off the paperwork is something I will never forget. Their joy brought me joy and I was so happy we could share this moment.
With Full Hands and an Open Heart- Kansas Fergen
Hi, I'm Kansas! I wish we could be doing this face to face over coffee. Maybe someday, till then this will have to do!