S was born toward the beginning of 2010, nineteen months after his brother. He was happy, strong-willed, and hilarious! Having two boys is stressful and exhausting–at times they are like wild Indians! But our boys are the joy of our lives. They are so sweet, kind, and funny. They make us smile and laugh. One of the best parts is how much they love each other! They do fight quite a bit, but they play together all the time. And they are always quick with a hug, kiss, or the words “I love you.”
When S was fifteen months old, we started researching adoption agencies. We pretty quickly found Covenant Care Services. I think what sold us on this agency was the testimonials of how Covenant Care surrounded both adoptive and birth parents with loving support and prayer. As we watched online video testimonials, we were filled with joy and excitement. Covenant Care is a non-profit agency which raises funds to help off-set adoption costs. Their adoption pricing is done on a sliding scale, which means that since we have little money, our adoption costs will be on the low end, probably somewhere around $12,000.
I had been reading books on adoption for a long while, so armed with a long list of questions I contacted with agency. When we made sure everything checked out, we began our paperwork. Covenant Care told us that their required adoption seminars were offered twice a year. If we turned in our pre-application by the end of August, we would get into the fall 2011 seminars. We filled out the first set of paperwork–we still have to complete hundreds more pages during this process–and sent the pre-application in on time.
A few weeks later we received a disappointing e-mail. Covenant Care had an abnormally large group of potential adoptive parents apply all at once. That’s great because it means more adoptive parents for kids in need. But it is also sad for us because it meant that the seminar was full. We would have to wait until February 2012! And so we entered more deeply into the process of actively waiting.