This time, it is still just us going. We haven't packed as we wanted because our little helpers unpack the bags for us. This time, we leave half our hearts behind; we have never been away from our girls this long. This time, we pack much lighter - yet we are yet more unprepared.
The inescapable question is "Why? Why adopt more children? Don't you know children are expensive?"
We know children are expensive little life-altering bundles of joy (and also poop, as we have been constantly reminded). The inescapable answer is that these children need families. These orphans need someone to love them. They need someone to look out for them and sing songs with them and read to them and to be invested in their lives. So many of these children are languishing in the auspices of the orphanage and the institution. How can we turn a blind eye to their plight? We can not say "these children need families" and yet be unwilling to serve in this way. Empty platitudes are no comfort to empty tummies and empty arms.
The time is so short.