I would like to share with you all how we found Jonathan and his reaction to a family wanting him, so I will break it up into two parts.
I am friends with a sweet lady named Patricia on Facebook. I noticed her profile picture was of a sweet looking young man, but didn't think past that. On a Monday morning back in December, I told my husband that I didn't want to adopt from Eastern Europe, if we ever decided to adopt again. Maybe Africa, is what I was thinking. On Thursday of the same week, my husband and I were sitting on the couch and I went to Adeye's blog. There was that picture of that sweet looking boy! Adeye was advocating for him to find a family. Well, I knew when I looked at Mark what he was thinking because I was thinking it, too. Finally, he was the first to speak and told me to find out if we could adopt him. It looks like we are heading to Eastern Europe. Doesn't the Lord have a sense of humor? I just told Mark I wasn't going there again!
I spent the next several days on the phone and computer trying to figure out Jonathan's visa and if we could adopt him. All we needed was a homestudy update and his visa secure before his 16th birthday. Talk about crazy, stressful days! We got so much information from so many different sources and none of them lined up. I wasn't sure we would be able to do this. But God knew better. This is His child and He had it all planned out.
Through my good friends at About A Child, I got in contact with the US Embassy in Jonathan's country. They let me know what I was to do about his visa before his 16th birthday and we got it done. We received the receipt from USCIS the day of his birthday!
Most people don't like the fact that we are stepping out of the "birth order." But one of my friend's told me it is not about birth order, it's about God's order! I'm sure we will hear many more negatives about our adopting an older child. But it isn't about us. It's about Jonathan. We know what happens when these 16 year olds are released. They are given around $30 and a small bag of belongings. Do you know who is waiting for them outside? Not friends or family. The traffickers. They don't know anything but the orphanage. Can you imagine?
I'm about ready to write a novel! I'll pick it up later....