The day our paperwork arrived in Ethiopia was the day that Marcus and I found out that we were expecting ANOTHER child! We will pick up one child from Ethiopia (at a date still to be determined), and another child will join us along that grand adventure. Yes, we're adopting....and I'm pregnant! Our expected due date is August 19, 2014.
We are beyond excited to grow our family in both of these ways, as both have always been on our hearts. We are so thankful for God's blessings upon our family. Our latest blessing will change nothing about our adoption process. We will just have to update some of our paperwork over the next several months. (I never thought that I would be so excited to do MORE paperwork!) Our agency supports concurrent family building, and our social worker has given us approval for 2 children. We will continue to wait as normal for the referral of our son.
Ethiopia only requires a 6 month difference between the time children enter your home, but not in their ages. (I can't wait to find out how close these two little ones are in age!) Based on the estimated wait time for our adoption, 24 to 30 months, we will have no issues with Ethiopia's requirement. If the adoption process goes faster than originally anticipated, our waiting phase would be put on pause before receiving a referral for a child. It would resume, though, as soon as our baby turns 6 months old, and we would be eligible for a referral again.
We are now counting down the days until we can bring BOTH of our children home. Which of our children will be our oldest? Marcus and I cannot wait to see how God weaves our family together.