We are the Donaldsons and are SOON, as in days, going to be leaving to pick up and bring home our two new gifts who were waiting siblings. Obviously, we don't have a lot of experience, but I can share how God placed these precious kids on our hearts.
First of all, we are a little older, in our 40's, and have three bio kids who are 14, 12, and 11. Due to our kid's ages and most agencies desire to keep birth order, we were in a position to consider an older child. Although it is easy to get excited about a baby or toddler, and that was originally the age we thought we would be adding to our family, the faces of the waiting kept me returning to them. Having older children myself, I would think about them and consider: What if those were my children? JUST because they were OLDER they would be subject to non consideration time and time again. They would wait months and years with no one inquiring about them, not even giving them a chance simply because they were not under 24 months!
We watched the waiting children's list and saw our children the day they were posted. We were looking for siblings, and these two stole our hearts. We wrestled a little bit with giving up the "baby", but God made it clear that these were ours...and we are so glad He did. He used other, seasoned, adoptive families of older children to encourage us also.
In January we met them for the first time. Attached you will find pictures of that wonderful moment. They are SO sweet and fun!!! Our bio kids are going to love playing with them!!! I look forward to learning all about them and their history and being with them as they experience things for the first time that they didn't have the privilege of having , using or seeing before. I look forward to impressing upon them that they are precious in God's sight and worthy of being chosen.
That's the beginning of our story. Follow along if you wish, for the rest of the story: http://www.daveangdonaldson.blogspot.com/
Matthew 18:5 "And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me."