I have been waiting for this day. The day that I could finally announce where Richard and I are going to be adopting our second child from. For as long as I can remember I thought this announcement would be Taiwan...but as I have stated in previous posts...that is not going to happen. But God is good and he has totally opened our hearts to a country that we never would have even considered adopting from before. We have become passionate about this country. I have researched this country until the wee hours of the morning trying to soak up and learn as much as I can about it. God has given us a peace that we have not felt in a long time. We are ready to see our daughters face....to know her....to love her....to bring her home.
The country that has captured our hearts is.........(drum roll please)...................
We are probably the only people that you have ever heard of adopting from this beautiful country that is because international adoptions do not happen very often (only 9 children where adopted in 2010 and 12 in 2011). The two main reason for so few adoptions is because many children end up in foster care because they cannot find the biological father or mother to sign over adoption rights and because the country (island) only has a population of approx. 120,000 people.
St. Vincent is an island country in the Lesser Antilles chain, in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lie at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea. To the north of Saint Vincent lies Saint Lucia and to the east Barbados.
So your next question is....how did we end up choosing this country?
To be quite honest we almost feel like the country chose us....but that seems a bit corny...so I will give you a brief run down of how God intervened and led us to St. Vincent.
Almost a month and a half ago a dear friend, who (along with her family) is a missionary in St. Vincent, responded to an email that I had written her. The email had nothing to do with adoption. It was a "catch up email". But in her response to me she asked how our second adoption process was going and if we were ever interested she knew of a lady who had some connections to adoptions in St. Vincent. I responded back that we were still praying about what God wanted us to do but if she wanted to find out some info for me that would be great. Honestly at this point St. Vincent was the last place on my mind....I was still somewhat grieving over Taiwan....and trying to figure out how I could move on from a country that had my heart. I had sent out several emails to agencies and bloggers about different countries and their experiences. I was just trying to educate myself on as many places as possible. Finally after lots of discussion Richard and I narrowed it down to 5 different counties (St. Vincent being one of them). We didn't really feel a connection to any of the 5 places but we began to pray that God would open and close doors (and maybe give us that "connection" we were looking for). That is when God took over and all we could do was sit back and watch it happen. Slowly each of those doors began to close EXCEPT....yep...you guessed it....St. Vincent.
On April 18, I sent an email to our contact in St. Vincent. The next day I received a response that we would be good candidates to adopt from St. Vincent and that actually they had a little girl that had just been abandoned at the hospital. Now before you get your hopes up....God already had a perfect forever family for that girl...shortly after that email....the precious baby was placed with another family! God is good!! But along with the email that stated that the little girl had been placed was information about...........
You are all going to hate me but I can't say too much at this point until a few things are finalized....BUT I will tell you....GOD IS WORKING! He KNOWS!!! I will tell you this much....we are in the process....and prayerfully be introducing you all to our precious daughter soon!!
As far as finances go we are about $1500 short from what we need to get the ball rolling for this adoption. We attempted to have a garage sale fundraiser this past weekend that flopped. We only raised $193. We just had a lot of other area things working against us. We are going to try again in a few weeks and hopefully be able to make a little more. We are planning a Family Photo Session Day with an area photographer but that will not be until July. Please pray that God will provide for us! We TOTALLY trust in him.
Thank you for joining us on this journey!!! We are so blessed!!
Thank you for your continued prayers and we ask that you keep them coming!
Tiffany (Richard and Kyler too!)