As of yesterday afternoon, we are now a family of 8.
Last week, we got a desperate email from DCF, asking if we would be able to take in a pair of siblings; an emergency placement.
Our first thought was "no way".
We were not looking to take on more kids just yet, especially because of where we are in the process with baby J. But we asked for some more information on the kids.
After learning a bit of their story and their background, Jake and I were feeling very conflicted. We wanted to take them, but we were (okay, mostly I was) really scared about taking on 6 kids. I mean, 6 kids is a lot of kids!
All week last week I had a knot in my stomach and was feeling nervous every day. We were praying and praying about it and decided that we couldn't make a decision without meeting them first. We needed to see them in person, see how they acted around each other and around our kids.
So we arranged a playdate for Sunday. All of the kids thought we were just meeting to play with new friends. We spent 3+ hours playing and talking and it could not have gone any better. As soon as I saw them, the nerves and the knot in my stomach were gone.
Jake and I weren't even home from the playdate before we knew what our decision was.
We told our 3 that night and their reaction was priceless. They all gasped while covering their mouths with their hands, and were grinning and giggling like crazy. The way they open their hearts and love so easily is just incredible.
We spent last week prepping the house for 2 more kids, rearranging kids rooms, building beds, buying towels and toothbrushes and journals (among other things).
Yesterday, Jake went down with the social worker to pick them up. It was not easy waiting those few hours for them to come!
S and C finally came and so far things have gone so much better than I expected.
We are all quickly falling in love with these two.
I know that we are going to have rough days. I am sure after a couple of weeks here, when they start to feel more comfortable, we will see things that we aren't seeing now. And that's okay, we expect that.
We went into this with the mindset that this is just temporary- until they are matched with a pre-adoptive family. But I have a feeling what we thought would be just temporary, just might end up being forever.
I love God's sense of humor. We started this whole adoption journey looking for a sibling group between age 0-5. And what do we end up with? A newborn boy and a boy/girl sibling group age 9 and 6!
So for now, we have:
Baby J-11 months
Life has just gotten much crazier but so far, we are loving it.
Our first meeting
I always loved this table but now I am really thankful for it!!