Wonderful Waiting Kids

We’re only just beginning our adoption journey, but we’ve met so many awesome folks along the way so far. A couple of weeks ago, I crossed e-paths with a woman named Annie, who created a website called Wonderful Waiting Kids.

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Annie and her husband adopted their daughter, Lizzie, through Lifeline‘s “special focus” China program in 2008…

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…and this year, she and her husband are anxiously awaiting to adopt two more daughters from the same program. This is Lucy, in the striped pants below:

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And this is “Fufu”, until they decide on a permanent name:

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I’ve only been following Annie’s story a short time, but I cannot wait for the day I visit her blog and see photos of them all together as a family!!

I’ve seen the faces and file descriptions of so many amazing boys and girls on both Annie‘s and Lifeline‘s websites, and we’ve been praying for all of them as we gather up the last of the documents we need to finish our home study.

One of the children Annie is advocating for right now is a beautiful, little girl (currently) named “Halle”, and I’ve really been feeling Called to share her name with you this week. She was picked up in a parking lot at the age of 6 months, and has lived in an orphanage her whole life. I’m not allowed to post a photo of her, but I can tell you that she’s 13-years-old and her orphanage director describes her as well-behaved, quiet, and artistic. I also spoke (via email) with the mother of a 13-year-old girl that went to (public) school with Halle up until she was adopted last month, and she said her daughter smiled very big when she asked her about Halle, and said she is a “very good girl”. Halle will “age out” of the system next January 4th (when she turns 14), which means she will no longer be available for adoption. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about her, please drop Annie a line at [email protected] She is absolutely wonderful and she can share everything she knows about sweet Halle with you!

I read a post on Annie’s blog recently that was written by a teenage girl named Honour. She was picked up in a train station in China when she was 4 years old, and was adopted by a family in the U.S. several years later. The end of her blog post reads, “To me, having a family means having a REAL FAMILY NAME on earth….FOREVER. It means BELONGING to someone. It means getting to go to a Father-Daughter Dance. It means getting to go to Take Your Child to Work Day. It means someone helping me find my talents. It means walking to school with sisters and someone caring whether I come back. It means not being invisible anymore.

I just sat there and stared at that last line after I read it.

“It means not being invisible anymore.”

I don’t think I’ll ever forget that she said that.

I have no idea what it feels like to be a parent, but with each new introduction, I am more and more thankful for the Chance to create a family through adoption.

Before I sign off, I’d love to encourage a discussion about adopting older children. (Meaning, a child that is no longer considered an infant.) If you’ve adopted an older child and feel like sharing a bit about your experience, please feel free to do so in the comments section below. (Email readers will have to hop over to our blog to access the comments section.)

We hope to learn the age of our (first) child sometime next Spring, but in the meantime, I feel like there are a lot of us out there with older child adoption-related questions, so I thought it might be helpful to ask about that here today.

This journey just keeps getting more and more meaningful, and I’m so grateful to be able to share links that lead to inspiring people like Annie and Honour, and for all of the encouragement and advice fellow adoptive parents continue to leave here for us to find. Thank you!!!

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Comments

  1. says

    Layla,
    I think this awesome what you are doing for these waiting children. If it helps to make one less child invisible it is completely worth it. We just switched over from the Peru program to the Hong Kong program with Lifeline. Everyday I check the waiting children list to see if it has been updated. Hoping that someday I will find our little girl waiting for us there.
    Currently we are adopting a younger child, trying to keep the birth order with our biological daughter, Noah, who is seventeen months. God has been working in my heart lately, giving me a compassion for multiple sibling groups. These children are often overlooked because they must all be adopted together but still deserve a loving home and the chance to not be “invisible”. God may already be preparing me for our next adoption. :)

  2. says

    tears falling…
    we have a daughter from China, lydia, who is 6 now.
    we brought her home when she was 11 months old, and she’s the joy of our family.

    invisible….that must be how all orphans feel. i’ll never forget those words..they’ll be with me forever.

    praying that the Lord would speak to my husband about another possible adoption.

  3. says

    We have talked before Leila…
    We adopted our daughter from China in August 2010 when she was 5 years old. She was considered “special needs” because she had a partial cleft palate in the back of her mouth. A super easy fix in America. She has been nothing but a delight and super smart. It feels like she has always been with us, not just 3 years, this coming August.

    We are one of the happy ending folks. I know when I was doing all of my research prior to getting Jade-Rose, I came across many blogs and Yahoo groups that had one sad or scary story after another. I understand those people needed an outlet to vent, but everyone I know in my local adoption community has happy stories, and we are certainly one of them. My daughter spent over 5 years in an orphanage, she was not in foster care, but I think we were one of the lucky ones and her caretakers gave her the best care that they could. She is loving and sweet and smart and fearless!

    We found our daughter’s picture on a website called Rainbow Kids.com. They feature primarily older and special needs children. The term ‘special needs’ might be frightening to some, but there is a wide range of health issues a child may have, and many of them are very mild or easy to manage. My daughter had one surgery to fix her mouth and has had speech therapy, and that’s it!

    If anyone is interested in reading about our adoption process, you are welcome to read my blog at http://konuchfamily.blogspot.com. It does not have our most recent information, but it does include the entire adoption process from beginning to end.

    Best of luck to you and I can’t wait to see how your child comes to you as soon as possible.

    • Rachel Carey says

      Hi Layla! I have not adopted myself, but I have an adopted uncle and cousin (brothers). Their mother was my grandmothers foster child. My grandmother adopted an INFANT when she was 62! After having 14 children herself, she was still able to give!

      Congratulations on your journey!

  4. Kerri says

    My eyes are filled with tears as I see all of the children just sitting.. waiting in that room… Dear Lord, please find them forever homes.. soon.. My heart breaks for them.

  5. Jen in NM says

    Hi, Layla –
    I first adopted a one-year old girl in southern China, and then a 3-1/2 year old boy from Xi’an who was considered “special needs”. He had a cleft palate. Of course we consider that an operable birth defect, not a life-long detriment. He was prepared extraordinarily well for his adoption, was and is healthy, and watching him learn to be a child in a family has been a joy. I wish I had video of the first time he saw the produce department in our local grocery store. And even if they come from an orphanage, boys come wired the same – the look on his face the first time he saw a basketball game and a forklift at Home Depot were absolutey pricess. Anyway, there’s a lot of support in the adoption community for adopting children who aren’t infants, and all of them can’t get to a family fast enough. So I would encourage other families to take a leap of faith.

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