Why did we choose to adopt an older child?
both mr. anderson and i knew we didn't want to adopt a baby. we have been so blessed with getting to have 4 babies of our own, that we wanted to let others, who couldn't have children, adopt the babies. we just felt called to adopt an older child. one who might not otherwise be adopted, because of their age (but really, elsa is such a doll, i couldn't imagine her never being adopted). there will always be a need for people to adopt older children. when they say there are 6 million orphans in ethiopia right now, that is not including all the babies that haven't been born yet. 6 million (mostly older) children...waiting for a home.
I thought you had to adopt in birth order from Ethiopia?
there is no birth order rules for ethiopia (meaning, we could only adopt a child that is younger than our youngest...don't mess with the birth order). i think some adoption agencies only allow you to adopt in birth order, but ours was not that way.
Do we plan on adopting again?
well now, if we told you the answer to this now, what fun would that be?
we like to keep you on your toes. :)
Books/resources recommended for adoption?
is it bad that i didn't read any adoption books? i've started many, but haven't finished.
they are always recommending some.
What have been my fears in this adoption process?
my fears in this process have been much like my fears with bringing a new baby home.
will i do a good job loving ALL of my kids, PLUS my husband? (most days, the answer is no)
will they resent us one day for having a big family?
will they get along well with elsa?
will elsa feel like the odd man out?
will their emotional needs be met?
i'm quite confident that everything we do in life, is met with some fears. this certainly is no reason to not move forward with it. had we given into our fears, and not adopted, we wouldn't have sweet elsa.
How long was the adoption process?
from the time we decided to get started, to the time elsa was home, it was a little less than a year. it could have gone faster, but we poked around the first few months.
Did we consider any other countries?
at first we thought we wanted to adopt from china, so we could have a little chinese girl, to fit in so perfectly with our family. but then God placed ethiopia on our heart. and we couldn't say no.
if you have any other questions regarding our adoption, please leave them in the comment section of this post and i'll answer them there as well.