Friday, January 27, 2012

Joshua Has Something to Tell Ya'll


Back in December at our 3 month post-placement visit for Joshua, we had casually mentioned to our social worker that we were hoping to start the adoption process again next year. On December 28th, exactly one month ago tomorrow, we received the most unexpected phone call from our adoption agency. "This is one of those strange sorta phone calls," she says. Were we serious about wanting to start the process again, she wanted to know. Yes! Well, I have a little boy here and no family that is paperwork ready except you guys. You may remember that we had to do our home study all over again when we moved to AZ. Well as it turned out, this was a HUGE blessing. The only reason we got this phone call was because we had a current approved home study (the initial home study in AZ is good for 18 months). We weren't sure if we would be able to come up with all the finances so quickly, so we asked her for a few days to pray about it and see how God was leading us. God gave us a very clear answer as to how we were to proceed and how He would provide. With God's miraculous provision, we called our social worker on January 1st (she gave us her home number) to tell her we wanted to move forward. She sent over the referral  paperwork that same day. So we started 2012 by seeing the face of our next son for the first time.

We still had some paperwork to do to update our home study plus all the referral acceptance paperwork and we also had to wait for all the funds to become available, but we got everything mailed off on the 14th (they didn't get it till the 17th due to the MLK holiday). Everything got sent to Korea last week, so we should be ATK (acceptance to Korea) very soon if we are not already.

John and I are overjoyed to introduce you to Joshua's little brother:

Jonah RiYoon

Born July 8, 2011

Jonah - Means "Dove" and has the spiritual connotation "Declarer of Joy and Salvation"

RiYoon - A name given to him by his birthmother, made up of a combination of Korean characters

As it turns out Jonah was born at the exact time we were doing the paperwork for our home study in AZ. Our adoption agency is estimating that we will wait approximately 18 months before we are able to travel to Korea to bring him home. Please keep us and Jonah in your prayers as we wait.

Never in my life have I felt the favor of God as I do here. After the phone call, I kept thinking about the verse in the Bible where it talks about God as El Roi, the "God who sees me" (story of Hagar). I know of others who have received these types of phone calls and have secretly always wished to be on the receiving end of one of them. And I know the Lord knows that. Other people dream about miraculous pregnancies, I dream about social workers calling my house - ha! God is good!

"The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy" Psalm 126:3. 

Note: Our new agency discourages publicly sharing photos because of how it may be viewed by Korea. I shared my blog address with Joshua's foster family and I don't know whether or not she shared it with Joshua's social worker in Korea. Jonah has the same social worker in Korea, so I don't want to put pictures of RiYoon here (other than the tiny peek above). However, I have a plan that may allow a large number of my "secret" followers to see a picture, so be on the look out. I will also post a photo on Facebook (I am getting all kinds of weird hits on my blog from sources I don't recognize so I took out my name). I will email those of you whose email addresses I have.

23 comments:

Nora said...

Such wonderful news! Congratulations!

Christy said...

Hurray, hurray, hurray! So incredibly excited!!! :)

GrandmaDe said...

Love this!!

Sandra said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations mama of two!

Amy said...

WOWweee! Congratulations! This is such exciting news!!!

Kelly said...

I'm visiting from Christy's blog--congratulations!! What a wonderful announcement. We received our son's referral right before Thanksgiving and are waiting to travel.

How close are your sons? My daughters are 3 months apart...I'm thinking you'll be like me: hands and heart full!! :)

Kelly

Becky said...

@Kelly, thank you so much! They are 14 1/2 months apart, so not quite as close as your daughters, but yes my hands are heart will be full!

K said...

WOW!!! That is great news! Congratulations!! So exciting!!!!

Dave and Elaine said...

I can't stop thinking about this!! God is SO awesome!!!!

Dave and Elaine said...

I was wondering what their age difference is! 14 months! Wow!!! They will be best friends for life!

Tracy said...

That is WONDERFUL.. Congratulations!

Amy said...

Congratulations!! That is wonderful news!!! :)

John K (Temperate Climate Permaculture) said...

BECKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JOHN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

clepeau said...

this brought me to the brink of tears! so excited for you guys, congrats!

TAV said...

Congrats, Beck and John! (Wendi's friend)

thewonderfulhappens said...

This is so exciting, and it just goes to show how God's timing is always perfect. I know it seemed like a pain to redo your homestudy, but it brought you your second son. Congratulations!

Erin said...

WOW!!!! God is so cool! This is amazing! Congrats on baby number two! Can't wait to follow the rest of your journey!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations!!! How exciting!!!

Melanie said...

How exciting! Congratulations!

The Woodfords said...

So excited for you - that's great news!

Steph

Debbie said...

Awesome! I'm so excited for all of you!!

Stacy said...

Amazing! Congratulations!Glory to God, Glory to God. I love when He does such incredible things that it gives Him all the glory. Rejoicing with you!!

Vicky said...

Awesome news! I just got back from holidays and might have been one of your strange hits, being in a strange town and using my mobile to read blogs. Can't wait to see a photo! (PS can't seem to comment using wordpress so I have posted the url)