(Photo cred: Meredith Macy Photography)
We are still waiting on our LOA (letter of acceptance) from China – this is the last major approval before we get our travel approval and we think we should get it in the next few weeks (based on the time it is currently taking other adoptive families to receive it). Once we have our LOA we will travel within 3 months to China – it was exactly 3 months with Philip’s adoption.
In the meantime…the Lord has blessed us with a miracle…a baby! We were surprised to find out I was pregnant and my due date is April 2nd. We had an ultrasound today and it looked a LOT like it is probably a boy but we will keep you posted on that since it is really to early to tell “officially.”
We told the boys this afternoon and they were really excited. Rand can’t stop smiling and talking about “the baby in mommy’s bump.” We told WenXuan a little over a week ago (through a contact/friend who was visiting the orphanage) – since he’s our oldest, we thought he should get to know first!
Throughout our adoption journeys I’ve been asked the question a lot… “do you think you’ll ever have another baby?” While sometimes this catches me off guard as not really anyone’s business, I usually try not to be offended and share what’s true: I have always had a desire to have more biological children and I believe that desire is from the Lord. I have prayed “Lord, if a baby is not something you have in store for us, if you would take that desire away”…and the desire has never gone away. Sure, it has taken to the back-burner lately as all we’ve been able to think about are Philip, WenXuan and also some really special kiddos we know about in China and are praying for the Lord to send them families, but the desire of having another baby has always been there.
We had help with Rand and our doctors told us it wasn’t impossible for us to get pregnant without help, but that it was probably unlikely. For the past few years, we’ve just left that up to the Lord to decide for us and truly have believed that if HE wants us to have another baby that HE will guide us to the help we need or make it happen!
I do think the Lord also knows me so well and my heart for adventure, even though I never expected my next adventure would be adding THREE children to my family in 1 year!!!! But we are up for the challenge and have never felt so incredibly loved and blessed by God. A little over 5 years ago I remember being so sad that we didn’t have any children and now am experiencing the overflowing joy of knowing we will be a family of 6 by April – it is truly incredible.
And we know what everyone is thinking…who knows what that crazy Smith family is going to tell us next time they say they have news!?