My husband and I have recently started telling our friends that we are ready to adopt again, and are actively searching for a little girl to round out our family. To be sure many of our friends and family have been excited and supportive. However, the most common response is a look of half confusion, half shock accompanied by the words ” What? Five kids isn’t enough for you?”. They say it as if somehow we are being unreasonable or even irresponsible with our choice to add another child to our family. It’s almost as if adding another child is like adding a luxurious accessory such as a sports car, or vacation home. I mean seriously, just how many of those do you need? Mostly I respond with a polite grin, and chuckle, but this is what I am screaming on the inside.
For us, five is enough. It’s enough laundry, and meal prep, and homework, and after school activities, and, and, and…….
But, for at least one little girl sitting in an orphanage half way around the world tonigh, five isn’t enough.
For the little girl who waits for a mamma to love her through the good times, and shepherd her through the bad ones, five isn’t enough.
For the little girl who doesn’t get enough to eat, or have access to quality healthcare, five isn’t enough.
For the little girl who even if she is lucky enough to get medical care doesn’t have a mom to advocate for pain management or even make sure her lunch is served in the hospital, five isn’t enough.
For the little girl who even if she is in a “good”orphanage still sleeps in a room full of cribs or cots, five isn’t enough.
For the little girl who will be on her own after she ages out, and likely will have trouble getting a job due to her “orphan” status, five isn’t enough.
For the little girl who isn’t allowed to go to school because of her special need, five isn’t enough.
There is a little girl half way around the world who needs a FORVER family. A family to love her, protect her, and provide for her as much as they can for as long as they can. We have room in our hearts and our home for another little girl, so how could we not add another child to our family? The saddest part is that six isn’t enough either. Neither is seven, or eight, or even 100. For that reason, my prayer is that every person who feels the tug of adoption on their heart would be able to overcome the fear and doubt to open their heart to “one less” little girl or boy who needs them.