When Catrina and William Nowrey, who are both deaf and from New Jersey, first tied the knot nearly 10 years ago, they knew they wanted to expand their family as soon as possible.
The pair also decided early on—after they were unable to conceive naturally—that they wanted their child to be deaf, so they adopted their first daughter, Ramona, 6, in June 2016.
Now, just over a year later, Catrina and William are adopting their second child, 5-year-old Cody, who is also deaf, from China.
“We wanted another child from China, because we believe it is important for Ramona to explore her culture with someone,” Catrina told PEOPLE via email. “Ramona can’t wait to meet her brother, she is saving some toys to give to Cody!”
The Nowreys, who met at the New Jersey’s School for the Deaf in Trenton, married in 2008, but they were unable to conceive on their own.
Although Catrina and William tried IVF, after failed attempts and two miscarriages, they decided to adopt.
“We can’t have children on our own, so we want to give children a good home, love and a better life,” said Catrina, who lost her hearing as a baby after a fever. “I’d actually always wanted to adopt because there are so many children who need a good home and a loving family.”
When they first met Ramona, the couple had actually been hoping to adopt a deaf child.
“She’s our daughter, no doubt,” said Catrina. “She’s just the sweetest girl with lots of energy and since we are both deaf, we figured it would help her adapt.”
Finally, in May 2016, the Nowreys finally got word that they would be able to take Ramona home.
“She’s been learning American sign language so quickly!” Catrina said. “One day she came home and told us that she wants to have a brother or sister and we realized it was the right time to adopt another child.”
Not long after bringing Ramona home, Catrina and William began to look into adopting another child.
When they found Cody on an adoption website, the couple knew they had finally met their son.
According to PEOPLE, the soon-to-be family of four are now waiting for all the paperwork to go through, so they can bring Cody to the U.S. as soon as next spring.
“Ramona is so excited,” Catrina, who can’t wait to bring her son home, said. “She wants him to get here already!”