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Monday, January 18, 2010

Big News: And No, She's Not Pregnant

First of all, Mary Catherine gave Reed these bath dropz for Christmas and Reed loves them. However, they have a very interesting effect on your bath water. There is a blue color which colors your water the exact same color as those blue things that you drop in your toilet tank. And then there is the yellow water, which as you can imagine colors your water the exact color of well, in Reed's words, "Look Mommy, I made peepee."

But, that's not the point of this post.

You know that for the past couple of years we have slowly been moving toward adopting a daughter from Taiwan. However, in the past couple of weeks, we've been hearing from our agency that things were going to be slowing down drastically.

During this time, we've been wondering if Taiwan was the right place for our little girl to be born. We love Taiwan very much and had a great experience there; however, we don't really desire to have "two" families of children. We don't really want to have a 6-7 year old and a baby.

So, last week, we heard from our agency that our agency in Taiwan was putting everyone on hold for about 8 months for sure.

So, we figured that we were about 18 months away from a referral on the list. Then, with an 8 month wait that would make 26 months. Then 6 months after that before we could travel, we would be waiting 32 months and Reed would be almost 6. So, we started looking into our other options.

Because we desire an infant, our international options are limited. However, we did find that the Marshall Islands refers babies. So, we started looking more into those islands. We found that they do refer infants; however, the RMI are very poor. It would be a completely different situation than when we adopted the Reedster.

We have found out a lot of information and have been praying daily for God's direction. We feel very at peace that we are to pursue an adoption though RMI. It is going to be a big difference in adoption from Taiwan, but we are up for the challenge.

We still plan to adopt a little girl, and we still plan to take Reed with us. As the weeks progress we will give you more updates about what we are doing to get ready. We have quite a bit of stuff to work on with our homestudy and dossier.

Please continue to pray for us and our little girl as we continue to ready our hearts for her into our family. We already love her so much and can't wait to meet her.

Haven't heard of the Marshall Islands, or don't know where they are? Yeah, we didn't either; it's okay. RMI (Republic of Marshall Islands) is halfway between Hawaii and Guam. We will provide you with more information about RMI as the week progresses. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.
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