So it's been a bit since I last blogged...yep, almost 8 months. So what the heck? Well a lot has been happening in the Weiseth household and I decided tonight was the night to break the silence.
We were in the process of adopting from Ghana last summer. Things sort of slowed down in the country during some investigations of Ghanaian officials. When they reopened the rules were a bit more strict. Therefore, we no longer could qualify in Accra for a child between the ages of 0-4. There were other "possible" options but at that point we didn't have peace to continue on our adoption journey in Ghana...The door was closed. So we asked for our dossier back in October 2010. But it was strange...since 2008 we had been praying for another daughter, Naomi. I honestly don't think a day went by that we didn't pray for her as a family. The kids cannot remember a time without this sometime sister. We thought we might try again in a few years. We tried to convince the kids that it was going to be along time until Naomi came to our family. We tried to move on.
At the same time our middle son was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder. We felt this was God's way of closing the door to another child so we could focus on getting our son the help he needed. So within a few months we were in therapy and a special preschool...Charlie began to flourish.
Life seemed to be cruising along. We then decided to sell our house. Since we weren't going to be spending 20K on a daughter we thought this might be the time to move out of our 1 bathroom house. So we worked like crazy, with the help of our amazing friends, to get our house ready to sell. Except that it didn't. It was on the market for 2 months when we got a SURPRISE PHONE CALL.......
OUT OF THE BLUE
It was Tuesday, February 9th, 2011 at 5pm. Our lovely and talented social worker from Levi's adoption and our unsuccessful Ghana adoption called. She was making small talk and asking how we were doing. It seemed odd for her to be calling...Then my friends just showed up as I was suppose to be babysitting their 2 kids. So I bluntly said, "Is there something you need or can I call you back?" (at this point I was hiding behind my closed bedroom door while chaos was happening in the living room.) She said the most shocking and utterly surprising thing:
"Are you still interested in adopting?"
I think I uttered a few confused, umms and then said yes.
She then proceed to tell me about a 3.5 year old girl who was in immediate need of a new family. She also proceeded to tell me our homestudy was mostly still good and she could easily update it. Our FBI fingerprints were good for another month. She asked if I could be off work..."um yes, I had been saving time off to go to Ghana."
So basically we had the money, the time off, the homestudy, the previous desire for a 3-4 year old girl to join our family. Now all we had to do was pray...
The next 3 weeks were crazy. It didn't make sense but Andrew and I had the most amazing peace to proceed. God continued to supply our needs and give us the courage to step forward. We used Agape Adoptions (www.agapeadoptions.org) to complete our adoption. JoAnn and Myriam were amazing. They were basically on-call to the Weiseth family for 3 weeks. We had such a wonderful, supportive experience and recommend them highly.
On March 5th, 2011 we adopted and welcomed Naomi M. Weiseth into our home. She has been with us 6 days so far and things are going really well. Tonight as I write this..I still in awe of what God has done. How is has orchestrated to the smallest detail this little girl coming into our home. I won't go into her story but that it delights me to someday be able to explain to her that God planted a seed in our hearts for her almost 3 years before we met her. That he led us to pray for her daily protection and needs. That he gave us love for her long before we knew her...that he loved her so much that he never abandoned her but made a rescue plan which we are privileged to be apart of.
So Surprise, to you and to us! We have a new daughter.
Mommy (yes, i am in pj's), Levi- 2 yrs, Charlie 3.5 yrs (horse costume), Emelia 5 yrs (pj's), Naomi 3.5 years (princess)
With 4 little kids there is no time to download the cute new pics. So here is a picture of real life... our first dinner as a family...minus the incredibly wonderful photographer, daddy.