It’s not Three Beautiful Things, but we think its better.
It is no big secret that Chris and I have been trying to grow our family for a loooong time. Well, we have taken a quantum leap forward in the last few weeks. We have submitted our application to foster to adopt through [a local agency] and Texas Child Protective Services. We are currently taking our PRIDE (Parent Resource for Information, Development, & Education) classes and hope to start our home study next month, which means we could have kiddos in the house by the end of the summer!
If there is one thing I have learned throughout our struggles the last few years in this area, it is that there is some virtue in the intentionality that both infertility and foster/adoption puts you through. For as much as we wanted to be pregnant, we want to be parents so much more. And the 101 questions you are asked in this process really make you think, plan, challenge your assumptions, and prepare to be parents (as much as anyone can prepare).
There are so many more “options” when you foster or adopt too – do we prefer boys or girls; do we prefer infants, toddlers, littles or bigs; are we open to other races/ethnicities? The list seems endless. But the coolest part is that we are open to pretty much anything. And because we hope to do this more than once, if we don’t get the “bring a baby home from the hospital” experience with the first one, we’ll have other opportunities.
We are so excited!!! There are so many children in this world who need love and care – we decided fostering to adopt seemed like the place where we could make the biggest difference. As exciting as it might be to start an Angelina Jolie League of Nations family, we can do that right here in Houston for kids who are waiting for someone to come along and care. We want to be those parents.
We’ll keep you posted.