My Family

My Family
Summer 2015

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Older Child Adoption

I felt like I've wanted to share the advantages I've seen in Older Child Adoption.  I know it seems like a huge undertaking and scary proposition for some and to be honest I had my anxious moments heading into all of this.  Since I have not adopted a younger child and every child is different I'm definitely not an expert after 3 days into this.  But, here is what we've experienced:

He is very independent.
He is very orderly
He takes off his own clothes and puts on new ones
He uses the bathroom without assistance (no diapers)
He brushes his own teeth and does a pretty good job
He feeds himself
He can tell us what he wants/doesn't want and what he's feeling--even though many times we don't understand we can try to find ways to interpret
We can tell him what is happening next to prepare him and he understands(with the assistance of electronic devices or interpreter)
He "can" walk if need be...although the extra carrying has been more bonding time (albeit a younger child would be easier to carry)

There are ups and downs, positive and negatives about both types of adoption  (infant and older child) but for us, this has been a perfect match.  And he's a tad bit of a stinker too, which fits just perfectly with us.  God designs families in the most amazing ways.  That boggles my mind---I'm not quite sure how to comprehend His plans and His ways.

Psalm 68:4-6 

 4 Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
   extol him who rides on the clouds[a];
   rejoice before him—his name is the LORD.
5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
   is God in his holy dwelling.
6 God sets the lonely in families,[b]
   he leads out the prisoners with singing;
   but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

To God alone be the Glory for his mysterious ways and plans.  Sing Praise to His name He is above all names!!!


  1. Maybe you have heard this Chinese story but there is one saying that there is an invisible red thread that binds those who are meant to be together. Now, I don't agree with the randomness of the thought. But, God does have us in His thoughts for our families. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Oh...get used to the peeing in public. It happens even at airports. And you might tell him that he can't do that in the USA. Have you seen any little kids in split pants yet?

  2. Thinking and praying for you and your family daily...keeping everyone posted at PVR..they all send their love and well wishes...what an amazing journey! Can't wait to meet the new addition.