Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Faith and Destiny - The Story of Ethan

An interesting thing happened on the way to Taiwan.....seriously though; here is the story.....

When we first decided to adopt again back in November we knew that we were open to a child with certain special needs. We looked at many lists through many different agencies (My friend Mary Rodin, another adoptive mom forwarded many of them to me) and quite frankly there is a feeding frenzy going on out there due to the rule changes and long wait. That climate really turned us off so we decided to look at our options and a very good one was Taiwan. The evening that we made the announcement that we would be adopting from Taiwan we received a phone call from Mary about a waiting child that CCAI had on their list. This child was from Katie's Orphanage. The initial description of his special need was very vague but he was a sweet and captivating child so we decided to ask about him. We thought that maybe he may be our son but would need to know if his special need was one that we felt capable of handling. After review of his info and consultation with a specialist we sadly found out that his special need was not one we felt comfortable with handling so we knew he was not our son. Thankfully, there was a family just after us that will most likely adopt him.

That evening, I received word on my DTC Yahoo group from our adoption of Katie Starr that a child that I had seen in November that had been on hold for a family was available for adoption. The family that had been pursuing his adoption was not able to adopt him so he was back on the list again as the rule changes had made it impossible for them to proceed. When I saw him back in November I was very drawn to him and had been disappointed to see that he was not available for adoption. Marc and I decided to ask to review his file. We received it along with several other families and had it reviewed by our pediatrician and a Pediatric cardiologist that came highly recommended by other families in our FCC Group. Both doctors felt that the operation on Ethan's heart in China had been a success. They both gave us us the thumbs up and admonished us to put a little meat on his bones when we got him home (no problem at all in our family ;0). Now, we had a decision to make. We had a path to Taiwan that the groundwork had already been laid; in fact our dossier was almost complete. We were requesting a girl and this was a boy; this child was almost Katie's age and we had already plunked down a large amount of money with the Taiwan Program. We were very drawn to him but quite honestly it felt so complicated and scary. We decided to think it through over the weekend. Saturday evening Marc and I were coming home from dinner and I looked on my blackberry (OK, stop snickering Mary and Kim). I saw a post from Mary on our FCC group about the same boy that we had been reviewing. What?!? Are you kidding?!? Why is Mary posting that? She never posts about waiting children on our group?!? Now, I felt two things: This is the third time that this boy has been shown to me and the second thing I felt was, OMG, I do not want anyone else to have our son!! I told Marc and he agreed that this was our son. It did not matter about the money or the uncertainty or even the chance of getting an infant girl in Taiwan. Xiao Zhiqing was our son and we needed to get him. The next day (on Sunday at 9am Hawaii Time) we called the cell phone for the rep from the agency and asked if he was still available and if he was we wanted to adopt him. The rest as they say is history or at least it will be once we get him home.

The moral of this story is that you cannot deny your destiny or the red thread that connects you to those that you are destined to be with. Sometimes our human failings place barriers in the way but we all need to stay open to the possibilities that are there; right before our eyes waiting to be seen. We are all connected by the red thread and now I find that even the connections that we have made in the adoption community have moved mountains to secure our destiny.

Thank you again to all of you for your support and love. A special thank you to Mary Rodin who made sure that our red thread to Ethan was untangled.

18 comments:

Stacey Teague said...

Wowwee, now that's a red thread!

Tammie said...

Lori,

Isn't it wonderful when we can be open to the signs above. Sometimes we just need a push from above. Somehow I believe that Mary posted about Ethan with a purpose in mind. And thank G-d that she did!

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

A red thread love story indeed.

Umm... I hate to be impatient for the next post but what happens next and when? But seriously Lori how long am I supposed to be covered in these goosebumps....I need the "we all live happily ever after" bit.

This is so wonderful and DHL didn't lose a thing....now that's destiny.

Monica said...

Definite goosebumps reading this! What an amazing time unraveling that red thread...can't wait to keep following along.

Monica

tracy said...

An amazing story with a very sweet ending...well, almost. I can't wait till he's in your arms. I love the name you have picked for him.

Beckyb said...

Awesome - I love to see how things work out like that - that's huge!! Now we'll pray for speedy timing from here on out!

M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Wow, beautiful story. Love it. Can't wait to hear more. How cool.

Lanny and Heather said...

That's such a cool story! We're so happy for you guys. Congratulations again. He's such a cute and handsome guy.
Katie is growing up so quickly, and she really resembles you Lori, at least we think so. What a sweet family you have.
Here's hoping for speedy paperwork and approvals (and no carrier issues, ahem)!

love ya!

bbmomof2boys said...

That is what I call keeping your eyes and your heart open. We also considered a SN adoption but I think right now its just not the right time...but who knows, right?!!

Congrats!! He is a sweetie!

~Carla

Karen said...

Amazing story!!! He is such a cutie! Congratuations!!!! Is Katie excited?

nikki said...

Wow, I love stories like yours.
You felt a tugging at your heartstrings from that little boy... well, of course you did! He is your son!!!!
Soooo cool!
Can't wait to hear more.
So happy for your family.

Sean & Judy said...

Great story Lori. Thanks for sharing. When can we get our girls to meet? Any chance you may be visiting the mouse soon? We are meeting with 2 families that we traveled with sometime in April. I'm very excited. I'd love to meet more families from FL.

Keep us posted on what happens next!! Congrats again:-) Judy

Meg said...

What a great story! I enjoyed following your story to Katie Starr-and look forward to this one too! Congratulations- he is adorable!
Meg

Wicked Witch said...

Yeah, I am so glad you each found each other. This is very cool. You know, you could always have 100 kids in the house. . .

Mary Rodin said...

Ummm...just 'the Waiting Child stork' here and checking in! ;-) I am so honored to have helped be a part of Ethan's Red Thread! It was a LONG and WINDING road, but you made it! Congrats once again to you all!

Julie said...

Oh I love that story and can't wait to meet the newest FCC S. Florida member.

Another red thread, Mom and I traveled through China with an adoption group from Hawaii that adopted from Anhui at the exact same time. Wonderful people I'll tell you!!!

Michele said...

Congratulaitons!! How long do you think it will take until you bring him home???

He is ADORABLE, just like his sister!

Michele, Mom to Emily and Alyssa
www.ourjourneytoalyssa.blogspot.com

The Brewer Family said...

Congratulations to your beautiful family! Ethan is so blessed (my 12 years old is named Ethan too :)) He is beautiful.

OXOXO,
Bridget Brewer
April 2005DTC GWCA