So, instead of my generic "A Place to Call Home" blog title, we can now officially have the name "A Home for Darya"! With much excitement we are hoping to bring Darya into our family - something she has never known - before the end of the year, Lord willing. If all goes well, I think fall is the most likely.
Let me tell you a little bit about Darya. She will be 2 this June, which marks the halfway point of when she would be sent to live the rest of her life in a mental institution. (In her country, at around the age of 4, orphans with special needs - could be as minor as a physical deformity to severe mental disabilities - are sent to live the rest of their lives in mental institutions, if they aren't adopted by then. The mortality rate is then high within the first year.) Two years ago when she was born, I had no idea that my future daughter was being rejected by her birth mother. I was probably sitting out by the pool enjoying some Florida sun with my boys. She was likely abandoned out of shame and pressure; or to give her mother the benefit-of-the-doubt, it was in hopes that Darya would get adopted by a family that could meet her needs and provide her with a hopeful future. In either case, it was a painful decision that I'm sure she will never forget.
We are humbled and grateful of how the Lord brought us to this point. I still can't believe it's really happening! The Lord put this burden on my heart over a year ago when I first discovered Reece's Rainbow. We have been praying for the orphans, and now we get to be one of the families to provide a special child with a loving home. We are all excited with the anticipation of bringing her to our home from across the world. I will be sure to post more later, especially about our progress as we tackle all the paperwork and jump through all the hoops. In the meantime, be sure to "follow" my blog (I love seeing all my friends - real-life or internet - following me, it's so encouraging!)
Here's another picture I have of her (don't you just want to smother her with kisses?):