It has been 1,000 days since we signed the initial paperwork for the Ethiopian adoption program with our agency. It has been 1,000 days since we began praying for, hoping for, and waiting for our son. 1,000 days ago we knew that we were waiting to be matched with a little boy between 0 and 3 years old, and today that is still all we know. So much has changed, though, in the last 1,000 days:
•1,000 days ago, the estimated wait time for being matched with an infant/toddler was 18-24 months. Now, the estimated wait time (which recently increased--again) is 48-60 months.
•1,000 days ago, the estimated cost of completing an adoption from Ethiopia was $28,000. Today, the estimated cost is $35,000+.
•1,000 days ago, Marcus and I were "homeless" (living in church housing) so we were unable to complete our Home Study. Today, we have been living in our home for 2.5 years, and we have completed and updated our Home Study twice. Good news: we get to update it again in the summer.
•1,000 days ago, it was just the two of us (and our dog), waiting for our son. Now, our daughter is 15 months old, and we have another daughter due to arrive mid-April. (Don't worry, we still have the dog too.) We have filled out additional paperwork and have been approved for concurrent family building plans twice in the last 1,000 days- such wonderful blessings!
Although so much has changed in 1,000 days, one thing has always remained constant: The longing we feel to bring our son home from Ethiopia.
We will continue waiting, even if it takes another 1,000 days. We will continue to believe in God's perfect timing. God has been faithful for more than 1,000 days, and we know He will never change. He is still knitting our family together, and we are hopeful that we will meet our son in 2016.
Some of you have been praying with us for 1,000 days, which means more than words could ever say. Thank you.