Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Day 45

We have been waiting now for 45 days for China to respond to our request to adopt Ryan...Thankfully, we had baseball, school, and painting/room rearranging to keep our minds occupied. Now that things have slowed down around here significantly, the wait is becoming more and more difficult! You are literally in a holding pattern at this stage of the game - There is virtually no communication with anyone involved in the adoption (China, social worker at the homestudy agency, or the international adoption agency). The phone rings and you jump hoping that it is "THE CALL!" Lately, I have been walking around in a bit of a cloud and begun thinking "Does this little boy really exist?" - "Is he really going to become part of our family?" Of course, I know it is crazy, but the experience seems so surreal. It is amazing that God would have us walk down this path that although we are adopting from the same country, the adoption process is so radically different! With Rylee, China chose the child for us. They sent us her pictures and medical records. We were the ones that was required to submit a formal acceptance. After this was sent, we pretty much began the process of preparing to travel. With this adoption, however, we chose the child. We now have to wait for China to send us a formal acceptance. After we receive that, we will travel. Isn't that just like God to keep us on our toes and to add that little "spice" to our life just when we have become confident in our own abilities and understanding. It is funny to go back two years 2 years ago and to see that although things are radically different today, they are still somewhat the same...Waiting for our family to become complete.

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