I know, I know, you all have patiently been waiting for an update. I sincerely apologize for my lack of keeping you in the loop, but things here have been crazy. Crazy in a good way.
I can't even tell you the last time I posted to Black and White Wednesday, but I do know that it has been way too long.
Overall things are going really well. I mean that knowing that we have only been home a few weeks and we are all still adjusting to a family of 8. I think the biggest contributor to my lack in posting is the amount of laundry I am doing now. Seriously! I had alot before, but now it is ridiculous. My laundry room has been re-named "Mt. St. Laundry." I think I am going to be employing a couple of teenage boys to help out in that department very soon.
A little over a year ago we set out on a journey like no other. When we started the process to add Drew to our family we had no idea what was in store for us. Shortly after accepting the referral for Drew we were faced with the news that the substantial grants that had been applied to him were being revoked due to the economic hardships of many of the donors. It was at that moment that we were faced with our first challenge. Do we continue forward knowing that this adoption was going to cost way more than we had originally planned or, do we just stop the process all together. After hours of contemplating what to do, Matt and I both decided to take a leap and rely 100% on our faith that we were doing the right thing. So, we we continued the journey that was laid before us.
Andrew Isaac Hong Chun
This past year has been consumed by walls that needed breaking down. Hurdles that needed jumping over. Roller coasters that just when you think you are near the end, take another turn into the unknown. Mountains and mountains of climbing to the highest peak only to find out there is one higher and steeper on the other side. This past year has been nothing but a test of our faith. I like to think we passed.
What started out as a need to fulfill a dream has turned into so much more. Shortly after returning home with Mylee I knew I would return to China. Adoption has not only changed our family, but it has changed me as a person.
It is no secret of the financial struggles we had to bring Drew home. It is no secret that we had to set aside our pride to ask for help. I have been completely amazed by the overflowing support we have received from family, friends, and complete strangers. WE DID IT! And by WE, I don't just mean Matt and I. I mean each and everyone of you who donated. Those who helped to spread the word. Those who supported us even though you think we are crazy. Those of you who e-mailed me privately saying that although you could not help financially, you were praying. Those prayers worked, so thank you. Each and every one of you had a hand in bringing our boys home.
And just when we were beginning to think we had accomplished out mission, He reveals to us the bigger plan, His plan by adding not just one son to our family but two.
Jaxon Xin Ming
I know I've said it over and over, and I will continue to say it. There is absolutely no way we could have brought Drew home let alone Jaxon without your help and our Faith that we were doing exactly what He had planned for us. There is no other explanation than the simple fact of with Him all things ARE possible.
The above pictures are proof of that.
I plan on updating soon about how everyone is doing. I thank you all for being so patient with me during our transition from 4 to 6.