Today we wanted to share the Duncan Family’s Adoption Story. The Duncans waited 14 months from the time they submitted their Medical Conditions Checklist until the time they accepted a match with sweet Caroline – definitely a match made in heaven!
“We were pretty certain that we were a “one and done” family after bringing home our amazing Emme Kate, now age 5, in September of 2014 with the help of CCAI. Much to our surprise, that plan went way out the window with a surprising phone call in late spring 2016. That is when we saw the first picture of our newest daughter-to-be. And yesterday we celebrated 2 months since our Sweet Caroline was placed in our arms forever! Caroline was 18 months when we met her and was just the tiniest, most delicate little baby. Her reserved, introverted, and cautious personality aligned with the pictures and updates we received before traveling. We found humor in the irony that she as the exact polar opposite of her big sister who is extroverted and outgoing to a fault.
Over the last 8 weeks, we have had front row seats to Caroline’s awe inspiring transformation. The little girl that would barely crack a smile now laughs, giggles, and grins non stop. The little girl that would cry if anyone other than her mommy would look at her now waves and high fives everyone she meets! And our biggest chuckle is the little girl that loathed baths in China now squeals with delight when bath time rolls around. She is curious, smart, and a joy to watch as she engages with her new world. In addition to her personality blossoming, everyone comments on quickly she is catching up physically. Our first day together, she was drowning in 9 month sized clothing and could not walk without assistance. Just a mere 8 weeks later she has gained 2.5 lbs and grown 1.5 inches and now is a solid walker that is taking on the stairs!! And to add to her sweetness, she’s starting to get just ever the tiniest bit of squishiness.Long story short, she is everything we never knew our family was missing and our lives our greatly blessed with her in it. Thank you CCAI for connecting us with BOTH of our wonderful daughters. And to think we could have missed this if we had held tight to our “one and done” plan. Which is why our verse for this adoption is: “You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21 NLT.”