One Year Ago
One year ago, Marcus and I stuffed 1.5 pounds of paper, 8 months worth of work, and our dreams of expanding our family into an envelope and sent it across the ocean to Ethiopia. Our dossier has been there for a year now, meaning that we have been on the official waiting list for one year. We are still waiting to be matched with our son, a little boy between 0 and 3 years old.
One year ago, we went to celebrate "Officially Waiting" at the Blue Nile Ethiopian Cafe. This past weekend, we went back there with our church small group to celebrate our one year "Wait-aversary." As things continue to move slowly in Ethiopia, we wonder how many more years we will have to go back to that little cafe without our son. Looking at current trends and estimated wait times, it appears that we could celebrate 1 to 2 more anniversaries of "officially waiting" for him. We have no doubt, though, that it will be worth the wait.
One year ago, God answered our prayers to expand our family with two kinds of hope: the hope of bringing our son home from Ethiopia and the hope of meeting another child - the one that caused those two pink lines to appear on the same day that our paperwork arrived in Ethiopia. We are so thankful for our baby girl, and we are thankful for the hope we still have of meeting our son someday. God brought our daughter into our lives at the perfect time. (Go figure, God's timing is perfect.) Per adoption requirements, we know that we cannot be matched with a child in Ethiopia until after the end of February, when our daughter is 6 months old. Looking at estimated wait times, we wouldn't have been matched before then anyway. So really, it changes nothing about our adoption process...except for the fact that he will have 1 more family member to love on him when he arrives.
Last week, we heard rumors (for the second time this year) of Ethiopia threatening to close its doors to adoption. Thankfully, this time, they proved not to be true. It is our prayer that Ethiopia will remain open to international adoption for the next several years. We continue to pray that our adoption will progress quickly and that someday soon we will be able to meet our son.