So this week, I spoke to a social worker and she seemed really nice and helpful. She asked me the inevitable question, "So, why China?" My answer, our answer, is not real definitive but I will try to explain.
There has always been something about adoption from China that has attracted my attention. The plight of their orphans has always been on my heart. I could not imagine living with a one child policy, and finding myself in the predicament of having to risk jail to abandon my child because it would not be able to care for me when I got older. These birth mothers, are somewhat heroes in my opinion. They risk so much, with the hope that someone... some foreigner would adopt their precious little one and give them a loving home and most importantly a LIFE. How better to honor their sacrifice, then by giving their child what they could only hope/dream to give them?
Little Wu, your birth mother is a wonderful person. I hope you grow to appreciate the sacrifice that she has made. I am sure, she desperately wished to keep you, but found herself in a predicament where she could not. We will always teach you to and hope that you will cherish her forever.
Some people ask why not adopt in the United States? And our answer, is that we believe whole-heartidly that God does not draw boundary lines between orphans or races. We are all loved, and we are all cherished by the Lord equally. He made us as we are, an image of Him... all beautiful in each our own way. He designed us all to be unique... no two the same. He took so much care and thought in creating each of us, and He wants us to do the same for each other. God does not delight in the fact that there are orphans. He wants us to care for orphans and widows especially.
Is this adoption a mission? NO! By no means, do we consider this to be a mission trip. It is simply a way for us to have another child, and we feel that this is the way that God wants us to do so. We strive in so many ways to let God plan our family. This is the way that we feel He is calling us to do so.
Do you think you could love another child as if it were your own? YES!! There is no doubt in our minds that we could. You are our child. DNA does not make you a family. LOVE does.
So these are some of the "hard" questions that some people have asked. Some we will have to fill out the answers for on forms. I wrote the answers here for you, to know that we have chosen to love you, just as we have chosen to love your siblings. We have allowed God to lead us to you, just as we have allowed Him to lead us to your siblings. You have each grown in our hearts... true gifts from the Lord. And we cherish each of you the same.