Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What in the World are the Hubley's Doing???

Okay, so do you remember this post??? (A Sister for Hannah...)

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WE ARE ADOPTING AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I know, we can't believe it either... lol... So, how did all of this happen after just that post? Ryan does not always read my blog, but the day after Ryan's mom told him to read it. He read it and watched the video and could not make it through the video. I was SHOCKED!!! Honestly, that post was somewhat a joke because I 'knew' that Ryan would not adopt again. Not that our adoption was bad, he was just fulfilled with the children that we have now. So was I... He said, "If we had a bigger house, I would say go for it." I said, "Really???" I honestly could not believe what my ears were hearing!!! He was definitely not ready to actually adopt again, but was open to the possibility. He thought that Bethel was AMAZING!!!

So, we talked and prayed about it over the next couple weeks, but Ryan still was not there... That was totally fine: I don't want to do anything without him totally in it too!!!

We told the kids what we were thinking and Hannah and Micah were thrilled: Especially Hannah!!! (Luca and Jonas count, but don't really have a clue... lol...) I told Hannah that she was blind just like her, and she was sooooooooooo happy!!! She was also happy that Chun Yan was older than her: 2 months older to be exact. Micah said the funniest thing, "I think we will have enough kids in our family now!" Too funny... This is from the kid that asked if we could bring all of the kids home from GLA that did not have a mommy and daddy yet...Maybe he is rethinking...

So, I started researching about Chun Yan. This is where it gets crazy. One of my blog friends is adopting from Bethel, and I did not even know it. I mean, I knew that she was adopting a blind girl from China, but I had never put 2 and 2 together. She told me that her little girl, Calliandra and Chun Yan are really good friends and that she had a bunch of pics. Are you kidding me??? Someone that I know, who only lives 2 1/2 hours away is adopting Chun Yan's best friend... That is God!!! Heather, Calliandra's adoptive mom, connected me with some other Bethel parents and volunteers on Facebook, and I started digging. I also contacted the director of Bethel to get as much info on Chun Yan as possible. Ryan and I had a lot of questions.

Next, Delphine, the director of Bethel, gave me a list of agencies that China works with to adopt special needs kids. One agency I knew of: WACAP. So, I called and she was on the list and we would need to pay $50 to get her file. I gave all of this info to Ryan and asked if he wanted me to get it? He said, "Okay, because we would never be able to make a decision without it..."BUT I AM NOT SAYING YES..." ;-)

So, I got her file and I also filled out a pre-application for WACAP. I was really feeling it now. Absolutely nothing wrong with her but her eyesight... She has microphthalmia..small eyes... She is very smart and reads braille in Chinese/English, and can speak some English too. Very helpful to us... I do not know any Chinese, but will be learning some... So, I showed Ryan the profile and he was still not there. Hannah would talk about her daily and would talk to Ryan daily about it too. I told Hannah that it was up to Daddy, and she never let up. ( You go girl... lol...)

About two weeks ago Ryan and I were talking about everything, and I said, "So, what do you think?" He thought about it....and said, "Let's go for it..." Then he said, "I must be losing my mind!!" lol... Actually, we are losing our minds and our desires, and really following what God has called us to do, wether it look completely crazy or not!!!

So, the next day I called WACAP and told our Waiting Children Coordinator and she was very happy!!! She sent me out the next round of paperwork and questionaires. I hate paperwork!!! The first adoption paperwork was fun and new... well, I am over fun and new... :-) I got to work and turned in the first set of forms last week and sent in a deposit of $500 for us to be approved by China. Mailing that check just made everything seem so real. (or surreal, I am not sure...) I just finished our formal application for WACAP last night and I will overnight some other papers to WA tomorrow and then we will wait and see.

Something that I found funny about China's application: Send in 6 dignified photos of your family. lol... Dignified to China means no bathing suits... Okay, Jonas came home in May, and ALL of our pics as a family involved water this summer, or it was hot out and I was wearing a halter top tank. And, there were really cute photos of Jonas and Luca, but Luca was wearing his doggy harness... :-) I searched and searched and finally found 6 decent ones. Don't you think China would have loved the photos of Luca feeding Jonas cat food, or him naked by the fish tank, or painting with poop, etc... So, I guess we aren't dignified...but we have a ton of fun together...

So, I am sure that you have a ton of questions for us, and feel free to ask... I will post answers to them in my next post, but I am tired of typing!!! I think I covered most everything, but probably not... :-) Also, I did not check for typos... I am too tired to re-read this, so hopefully it makes sense...

Oh, silly me, you probably want to see pics, huh... She is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! One very cool thing: Chun Yan and Hannah are 1" and 1 lb. of each other. Chun Yan is taller...that tells you how short Hannah is!!! So, they can share clothes........... yeah..................











16 comments:

Beth said...

Congratulations, Rebekah! I'm so excited for you and your family; what y'all are doing is incredible :)

--Beth Cloutier

Rebekah Hubley said...

Thanks Beth--

Please show this to your dad and let him know that Lena, and your parents were my first look into a family that was willing to adopt special needs children. In college I thought it was cool, but somewhat strange. Why would people pay $ to adopt a child that is not 'perfect'??? I totally 'get it' now, and God used your family as an amazing example to me!!! When I share our story, I always mention your parents, and how they impacted me, and how God has used them for His Kingdom!!! I am sure that your mom is in Heaven now holding all of the children that did not make it here on earth... She was an amazing person! I know that I don't need to tell you that though! My Micah has hydrocephalus too, also spina bifida, and Dr. Canavati is his Neurosurgeon. I always let them know how Lena is doing when we go in.

Kim Phillips said...

I absolutely LOVE this story! Its so encouraging, and so awesome the way God puts families together! Yay!!!

Debi said...

We're so excited for you and "polka dots!" I can't wait to tell Wen Jun when you have your official word. I just know she would spill the beans next time she talked to Bethel. Yippee! My husband sort of whined, but he's resigned himself that you're adopting her and he's happy now...:-)
Take care and keep us updated!
Debi
www.wenjungotcha.blogspot.com

Troy & Tara Livesay said...

Congrats!

kdetter said...

how exciting!!!! you will find china so different from haiti but beautiful in it's own way.....and honestly if you are approved by china you will know exactly what part of the process you are in unlike the craziness of a haitian adoption.....she is precious...and i can just imagine her and hannah making up songs together!!!

keri

BSC said...

I'm just speechless. But in a great way. I'm looking forward to seeing God continue to move mountains in your life... and looking forward to more dignified family photos. LOL

Blessings,
Beth in Nova Scotia

One Crowded House said...

I am so excited for you guys!!! She is such a pretty girl!

Jaime said...

WOW!!! Hannah must be thrilled! Congratulations! This adopting can be addicting, huh? I've heard it before and you are more proof! I will be praying for God's hand on this new process... I can already see His hand in bringing you all together. What a beautiful story, and family! Go GOD!

Heather BT said...

Of course I already knew this, but seeing it written down step by step makes it more real.
I just have two words -
Hurrah!
Roadtrip!
Heather BT

stephanie said...

Im so glad God has brought me to know you! You are awesome, I am so happy for you and your family! Im actually contemplating hosting this 5yr old (I know people will think we are crazy too!) I guess it is a good club to be in if we can do it together!
Talk soon, Steph

Anonymous said...

How exciting!
We're also adopting from WACAP (Ethiopia program). How long do they estimate the process to be from here?

Salem
www.sisterhaiti.wordpress.com

DeLynne said...

oh Rebekah,I cried through the entire blog post. You are such a good person. I am lucky to know you and I know that Chun Yan will be coming to a wonderful family if everything works out. I will pray for you and your family and for the Lord to be there every step of the way for everyone of you. What a blessing! I hope the best for you! Love you!!!

Erin & The Boys said...

You and Ryan are amazing! What an inpiration... keep up the good work. I will be praying that all goes well with your adoption.

Erin

Mommy interrupted said...

That is awesome. The first thing I thought of was "I have to tell Heather!!". Now I see you girls know each other. LOL.
Are you going to join us (Heather encluded) at White cane camping?
http://www.myspace.com/whitecanecamping

Momto13 said...

Congratulations!! Just getting caught up on your life/blog. I am so excited to watch your adoption journey!! YEAH!!
Hugs
S