Another email from Cindy today. She had five additional items from our home study that needed clarification based on comments she had received from AGCI. One of the clarifications needed was the specific medical issues we could accept in our child. This was a very hard list to work through. There were probably 50 different medical conditions listed - ranging from very mild, correctable items to severe conditions. It's quite sobering to go through a list and make a mental choice that we would accept a child with certain conditions and not a child with certain other conditions. How do we make that choice? What about the child that we are saying "no" to? We continue to trust God that we are moving forward under His leading. It's quite a thought to start to think of specifics like medical conditions. These aren't the kind of boxes that we were told to check prior to our biological children being born.
As we contemplated these choices, one of the things we thought about was how will this child fit in to our family of seven? One of the joys of a large family is having constant excitement and stimulation. I am looking forward to sharing that joy with our new one. She will be surrounded with love continuously.