It’s 6:30 a.m. Aside from the clicking sound my keyboard makes when I type, the house is quiet. A different quiet than it was just a half a year ago. Then, it was just my husband and me. Now, there are four of us.
Our son, who is 6, and our daughter, 12, have another hour of sleep before they have to wake up for school. The morning will become brighter.
“It’s time to get up, Sunshine,” I’ll say to my son, then walk to my daughter’s bedroom to ruffle her hair.
Our daughter is by far the easier of the two to get out of bed; our son will take another 20 minutes before he wipes the sand away from his eyes.
The house is now swinging into action and soon the kids, with full stomachs and backpacks in place, will be on their way to the bus stop. My husband and I will then begin to start our work day.
This has become the new normal in our home — it’s a change that we chose to embrace, body, mind and heart, when we decided to adopt.
During the summer of 2012, Tim and I began the physical process of starting a family when we signed on with Grace International Adoption Agency and Family Connections for our home study. After doing our research, we had found Colombia to be our best match. Tim teaches and speaks fluent Spanish, he was familiar with the country having traveled there a few years prior, the government was stable and the distance not too far.
We also knew we wanted siblings and Grace offers a program in Colombia that focuses on the adoption of healthy, older children. And though we wanted our children to be as young as possible, we were open to a wide range of ages, boys and girls.