We have known about these particular two little boys for quite a while now...and we had a sort of "informal, unofficial" referral, but things did not become "official" until quite recently. So, I FINALLY feel comfortable sharing pictures of these two adorable little boys with all of you internet readers.
It is funny....we've known about the boys for quite a while, so I didn't think that our "official" referral would be a very emotional experience for me. But, I was surprised to find that I am feeling very emotional about it. I knew that these two boys had wiggled right into my heart, even though I was trying to keep them at a distance until the referral was "official". Now it feels real. These are the children we've been waiting for. These boys are the children that we will be responsible for. These are the boys that we will be charged with raising so that they are kind, thoughtful, and responsible young men. And someday (Godwilling) they will be thoughtful, kind, and responsible husbands and fathers. THIS is REAL - and it is finally hitting me.
The boys are biological siblings and they are 4 and 3 years old. Jellybean is 4 (on the left) and Peanut is 3 (on the right).
We are so incredibly excited about bringing these boys home. Z already has fishing trips, rocket-launching trips, and kite flying escapades planned out. He can't wait to have boys around. I guess I'll be cooking lots of food for these growing boys while they are out playing with their Dad ;)
I've started collecting some clothing and toys already...and just this week I started working on that stash of fabric so that the boys will have home-made (mom-made) quilts.
We have been so blessed so far with the amount of information we have about these two boys. We've been so lucky to have had our adoption coordinator travel to Ghana twice, bringing back pictures of the boys both times. We have some information about their personalities and even guestimates on what size clothing they wear. I have to constantly remind myself that the amount of information we have right now about the boys is far more than what other adoptive families often get during their entire adoption journey. And we know that we are likely to get even more information on them in the future (as other adoptive parents travel for "work trips" or to pick up their children, or when our coordinator travels again). What an incredible blessing that is!
We do not yet have any information about how long the rest of the process will take or when they might be coming home. We are with a new program, and our family (along with 4 others) will be the ones setting the timeline. So, we're guinea pigs. And we're ok with that. We know that they will be coming home when the time is right. Of course, I am hoping that is sooner, rather than later, but patience has never been one of my strong points. Hmm...maybe I shouldn't have admitted that...will God take that as an opportunity to teach me a lesson? Yikes!
Our boys are totally adorable, don't you think? And, yes, I know I am biased. ;)
I have lots more to share over time...but I figured I would share in small doses. Gotta keep you internets on your toes afterall!