Many of you know that Ryan and I are blessed with two bio children, a 9 year old son and a 5 year old daughter.
We told our son about the adoption a few weeks ago but have not told our daughter yet for a few reasons. One is that we wanted to make "our big announcement" first so our daughter wouldn't accidentally spill the beans. Another reason is that we haven't had the right moment when both Ryan and I were home to sit her down and tell her and really explain what it meant and answer all of her questions. But the third, and probably the biggest reason why we haven't told her yet, is that we did not get a very positive reaction when we told our son about the adoption. In fact, he is adamant that he does not want a little sister. We tried explaining to him that our love for him would not decrease and that our hearts would have room for all of our children and that it would be so much fun to have another sister to play with and love. He is not convinced. So, needless to say, he is a work in progress.
Yesterday, while my daughter was at gymnastics, one of my friends started talking to her about how she is going to be getting a new little sister. My daughter was very confused and asked me about it when she came home. It was not the way I wanted to break the news to her, but I had no choice, so I explained to her what adoption meant, what an orphan was, and that yes, we would be adopting a little girl from Haiti and that she would be getting a little sister.
I have never seen my daughter so excited. Not even at Disneyland! She spent the next 45 minutes (until well past her usual bedtime) talking about all the things the two of them were going to do together, all the things my daughter could show her new little sissy how to do, all the things they could share. It was so heartwarming and touching. When she asked why it would take so long, and I explained to her that Daddy and I had to save up the money to bring our new daughter home, her response was, "I have some money, you can have all of it." It brought tears to my eyes!
One of the things my daughter said last night that really struck me was that our new daughter (her new sissy) could be at the orphanage right now crying because she misses her mommy and daddy and we need to hurry up and bring her home!
Yes we do! We need to hurry up and bring her home! How I wish it were that easy. I wish I could just snap my fingers and have all the money we need to make this adoption a reality. But, it is going to take a lot of time and a lot of patience on our part.
I awoke this morning so happy that my daughter shares our passion and our excitement for this adoption. I was also driving to work and saw a sign at a local church that read, "You will be blessed!" Why thank you!! I'll take that and roll with it!