Sara and I have decided to take on the world of international adoption once again. We have had Lleyton home almost 11 months now and we are yearning to give him a sibling. With that, based on the difficulties we have encountered with fertility, we are jumping right back into the ups and downs, highs and lows, heartache and hopefullness, and in the end, the extreme gratification that is the adoption process...And we couldn't be more excited.
After researching our various options, we have decided that our path this time will lead us to Ethiopia. There are a plethora of reasons for making this decision, and if anyone would like to learn more about our thought process, I would welcome any questions.
The journey to Ethiopia is going to be different than the one we had to Russia. Russia entailed three, one week long, trips, and Ethiopia will just be one trip. We have begun to fill out our application to the Gladney Center for Adoption. They will serve as our adoption agency. As much as we loved using Kids First during Lleyton's adoption, they are unable to help us in Ethiopia so we researched many different agencies and finally concluded on using Gladney. After submitting our application, which will hopefully be within the next couple of weeks, we will begin our homestudy.
I hope to continue to update this blog during our process for a couple of reasons. One would be to allow for those close to us to be informed as to how the process works and where we are in the process at any given time. The other reason would be so that Sara and I will have something to look back on always reminding of how the journey to adopting our second child went.
Wish us luck!