With our first 4 children, we had approximately 9 months to prepare. When Jonathan joined our family, there was a very structured process in place and we knew approximately when he would join our family. We had about 1 year to prepare for his arrival. Apparently, God thinks we should know what we are doing by the 6th child because we have less than 1 month to prepare for Leo's arrival.
Leo turned one on April 30th. He is currently living with his birth-mom. She has made the most difficult decision a mom can make. She has decided that she can not provide for the lifelong care he will need. Both of Leo's birth parents are Chinese, but his mom is currently residing in Pennsylvania. Jonathan is so excited that he will have a brother who is Chinese.
There are still many unknowns to the medical care Leo will require, but he is already connected to many wonderful doctor's at a fantastic children's hospital in Philadelphia. For the immediate future we will be keeping all of his doctors the same so that we can get caught up on exactly what is going on with Leo.
We are scheduled to meet with Leo and his birth-mom on May 13th. I can't even begin to describe the mixture of emotions that I have concerning that meeting. After that meeting we will begin transitioning Leo to our home and it looks like he should be home permanently with us by the beginning of June.
There are still so many unknown twists on this road we are traveling down. We are excited, but we are scared too. We set out on this journey with our hearts bent towards hearing God's calling, and following it. Did we get it right? Did our hearts "hear" the right thing?
We comfort ourselves with the reality that God promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. We also remember that no one is ever really ready for life change, no matter how joyous.
So, now is the time to pull up our socks and get ready for our family to grow again. Now is a time to prepare!