Well, to be quite honest, the month of February was a tough month for the Raitz family. It feels like we have been coming out of a daze.
As you may or may not know, we started our adoption process a few months ago and we fell in love with a little girl from China with PKU…who we named Winona Mae. Everything was moving nicely and God provided some amazing miracles. Amazing miracles!
Then we received a call that took our breath away. Winona had passed away. Her orphanage didn’t have central heating and a virus was going through and her little body couldn’t fight it off. We were and still are heart broken. I know we never had the privilege to hold her or to cuddle her, but she was very much a part of our family!
Good thing that God is close to the broken hearted.
God has been healing our hearts and we’ve been praying and praying and we have decided to continue moving forward with our adoption plans.
For the past few weeks, we have been reading and looking over files on children from a few orphanages in China. We have been praying and seeking God. Honestly, its been heart breaking. There is so much need and so many kids need a forever home.
After praying and seeking God, Tracie and I decided to put in our paperwork for Kai and we have been praying all week. Well, we found our last night that we were approved!!
His Chinese name is Zou Hong Kai. He’s 2 years old and has PKU. He’s a little behind developmentally, but they tell us he’s making great strides.
We had hit the pause button on our home study and dossier when we found out about Winona’s death, but we are picking it all back up.
Prayerfully we will be heading to China sometime in the next 6 months to bring Kai home.
We have SO MUCH TO DO! There is still a mound of paperwork to get in. Our home study is not complete yet and we have a lot of paperwork to do still for our dossier.
And, by God’s amazing GRACE and PROVISION, we have been able to raise about half of the adoption costs. We will be applying for many grants in the next few months.
We can’t thank you enough for your prayers and encouragement!!