Knowing when it’s the right time to add another child to your family is a completely personal decision, and will vary from family to family. Now that I’ve spilled the proverbial beans about my family’s decision to adopt for a second time , I thought I would share some of the reasons why it felt right to us.
It was easy for my husband and me to come up with logical reasons why now is not the best time to adopt again. We are currently trying to sell our house, and will be moving sometime in the semi-near future; we’re certainly not rolling in extra money by any means; we’re totally thrilled with our little family and enjoy having one on one time with Ella. Regardless of that list, though, it just felt right and we somehow knew that we should start the adoption process again.
Both my husband and I grew up with siblings; he has two and I have three. We have always felt like we wanted a large family, and we really think it will be great for our kids to grow up with siblings. We have the support of our family and friends who are thrilled about the soon to be new addition. As Sue commented on one of my earlier posts this week, two to three years is a really nice age gap to have between children. We’re happy that our girls will be fairly close in age.
For most of us it’s true that it seems like there’s never enough extra money, energy or time. But if we waited until all those things fell into place, we may be waiting forever. We have the love, means and desire to parent another child and adopting again is what is right for our family. It is also comforting to be working with familiar people and returning to a country that I’ve fallen in love with. It’s the birthplace of my girl (soon to be girls!!!) and I am just so excited to go back.
The main issue that we’re dealing with and thinking about is whether or not Ella will travel with us. It’s kind of silly to make a decision now, since we still have quite a long ways to go, but nonetheless I’m already worrying about it. But more on that later…for now I am enjoying our decision and becoming more and more excited as it soaks in and becomes more real each day.
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