Friday, August 20, 2010

Here We Grow Again

It's finally time to let out this HUGE secret I've been holding in for months. We are so excited to announce that we have been approved to adopt a precious little one in India. Her name is Vishakha, and she is five years old. She is currently living in an orphanage in Pune, India which is about 75 miles from Mumbai.

We first saw Vishakha's face in the Holt magazine. She was one of 4 waiting children highlighted in the spring issue. When I read her description, I thought, wow, her needs sound very managable. Ken and I had talked about adopting again, as we certainly have the room in our home and in our hearts for one more, but I don't think either of us thought it would be this soon. After discussing it for at least a month, we decided to request her file.

We knew after reading her file that we could be her family. Only one thing stood in the way. That darn vacant house that still remained unsold/unrented. Within days of decided that we wanted to pursue the adoption of Vishakha, a family came and looked at the house and moved in the next day. So, we have renters again, but yeah, no more vacant house.

Then we let the agency know that we wanted to be her family. I thought it would be a slam dunk, and they'd just assign us, but it was a little more complicated than that. Since we have a large family already, and we'd be adopting an older child out of birth order, the agency was hesitant to refer her to us. We were determined to fight for her anyway, and I guess that paid off, because yesterday our family was presented to a committee, and after reading through our file and interview notes, they decided to grant us another daughter.

We are now in the beginning stages of compiling the massive amounts of paperwork required to bring our sweet daughter home. This could take several months to a year to get processed, but eventually, we will be travelling to India to bring her home.

On a side note, if you happened to see a crazy person dancing in the Target parking lot yesterday afternoon, it might have been me. That's where I was when I got the call.

Sorry no picture. India won't allow me to post a picture until we get her home, but trust me, she's adorable.


  1. I am SO SO SO excited for you all!!!!

  2. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh my goodness... that is SO exciting Michele!!!
    Congrats on this wonderful news! I think I remember seeing her- now I am going to have to go check and see if I still have that! I am curious to hear how the India process is- I hear it is much different (and a lot more paperwork!) than Korea! Keep blogging about this journey- I will be following along! :)

  3. Tony and I are so thrilled for your family! That is just awesome. We just started the adoption process again too, but for Korea. Looks like we'll be in process together!!

  4. Oh Sharlene! That is awesome! I'm so happy for you and Tony. Keep me posted on your progress.