In April of 2011 (while we were waiting to bring Daniel home) I was contacted by someone on a waiting child yahoo group who knew a little about our family. This person asked if I would consider helping to advocate for a little girl ~ who has the same syndrome as Darcy ~ that had been on the shared waiting child list for about a year. When I saw her picture that day, she tugged on my heart strings. (She looked...kinda familiar...you know?)
So I agreed and advocated for her on yahoo groups and on my blog. I responded to emails with mini-novels and references to certain posts here about our experiences with glaucoma, port wine stains and Sturge Weber Syndrome. I talked on the phone to folks, paid for an update through Ladybugs 'n Love to have some questions answered, and consulted international adoptive medicine pediatricians, glaucoma specialists, and neurologists to get the best medical opinions about her we could.
And we prayed. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention all the prayer that went up on her behalf. All the while I had a few friends near and far agreeing with me in prayer that this sweet girl would have a family to love her as she deserved. Her picture has been on our refrigerator since January. As a family we've prayed for her (and several of the kids from New Day and An Orphan's Wish) to have a forever family every night since then.
It was totally unplanned, but somewhere along the way, I fell in love. Not too long after me, so did Ian. We found ourselves wondering if any of the families I talked to could love her as well as we could and for that reason tried to imagine just what life would look like with two six year olds, a five year old, a four year old and a three year old. It looked...well...sorta crazy.
But then God began whispering and made it abundantly clear that we weren't finished building the M clan just yet. We decided that while the venture may be a little crazy, crazywithin God's planis a place we wanted to be.
And so I happily announce that we're now going to be a family of seven. Without further hesitation, let me introduce you to Natalie Z...
Welcome to the family little one ~ we can't wait until you are here!
**more of Natalie's story to come after we come up for air from all the paperwork!**