There are millions orphans in the world. Is any one of them less or more deserving than another to have a forever family? Does being a citizen of one particular country mean this child is more or less deserving of mother love than a another child born a citizen of a different country?
Ask us the same question a decade earlier, and our answer would have been very very different. But ever since we visited there, Papa and I have been fascinated with Asian cultures. Just because we are more familiar with it than other Asian countries, VietNam would have been our first choice. Just keepin' it real. But VietNam is now closed to US citizens to adopt from. (Don't even get me up on that soap box. I might never come down.) But our family has committed to bringing up our children to embrace their Asian heritage and part of this means celebrating holidays and eating foods from half way around the world and... Again, to be frank, (or Bob, or Mark, or Howard) I'm lazy, and introducing another culture into our home at this point, would only dilute the celebration of the Asian culture that we all have come to love.
I guess that leaves why not adopt from the US foster care system. Hmmmmm... That one is a little harder to answer. We took all the classes and everything. The most honest answer I can give is that we really felt God was again leading us to to international adoption, specifically China. A lot of prayer and conversation with The Big Guy upstairs, and He directed our path. Both Papa and I whole-heatedly believe that someday, we will get involved in the US foster care system. But probably not with the intention of adoption, but rather with the intention that it really is the right thing to do.
But for now, God led our hearts back to Asia.
So why adopt from China? The simplest answer is still... Why not?