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Let the (adoption!) process begin!

Handful of Love by Nisha A. on Flickr

Handful of Love by Nisha A. on Flickr

So it’s begun. We’ve decided we’re ready for baby #3, and we couldn’t be more excited! And part of what makes us so excited is that we are going to adopt this time around! This is something we talked about before we got married, but got caught up with the craziness of life (moving back to the U.S., John getting a new job, buying a house, having a couple kids in the process, etc) that adoption was put on the back burner. It wasn’t until we became friends with a family that has adopted both their children that we remembered our desire and dream to adopt a child as well.

So the past 18+ months we have met with families who’ve adopted kids as well as met with a couple different agencies to figure out what kind of adoption we want (domestic, international, newborn, older, etc) as well as to choose the agency we want to work with. And we are excited to announce that we are working with Crossroads Adoption Agency and will be adopting a newborn domestically. Sometimes I still can’t believe this is happening! We are truly, truly stoked.

At this point in time, we want to let our friends and family know of our desire to adopt as well as to ask for prayer support as we embark on this journey. I understand that the further along we get in the process, the more overwhelmed we will become, and so your prayers will truly help keep us afloat at different points in our journey. We also need prayer because we are going to need to fundraise almost all the money in order for this adoption to take place. At times all I see is a huge mountain ahead of us – a mountain of paperwork and a mountain of money that we do not have. So please pray that the funds will come in and that peoples’ hearts will be stirred to help support us in our journey.

We also ask that you please pray for the birth mom and baby. While we have no idea who our birth mom will be, we believe prayer can only do good in the birth mom’s life as well as in baby’s life, so we’d greatly appreciate prayer coverage for them as well.

And lastly, it’s okay to say ‘Congrats!’. This announcement is equivalent to us announcing that we’re expecting, so cheers and celebration are okay and encouraged! ­čÖé

We have a lot to learn when it comes to the adoption process, and we will be sure to keep you all posted. Thank you for your love and support already!

The Mitchells

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