Hurry Up and Wait
Updated: Jul 2, 2019
Long before Jason and I got married, I had the desire to adopt. In fact, back in my Elementary school days with Barbie and Skipper, and my Cabbage Patch dolls, I used to act out scenes involving an adopted child, or some scenario where a child (not mine) was brought to the home to be cared for.
I had two favorite movies during this period of time; the Secret Garden and the Little Princess. My favorite animated movie also happened to be Lion King. The common theme in all of these movies is that the children end up without parents, and are forced to live in circumstances outside of their control. This is Disney- so of course there is a happy ending where the children end up in good homes, with loving families or are restored to their rightful place (like Simba). But real life doesn't always end so simply where everyone is smiling and happy. The reality is that there are millions of children, all waiting, within orphanages and foster care homes all throughout the world. If not adopted, all of them run the risk of aging out or no longer being considered adoptable.
After 10 years of marriage, we decided now was the time to act on our heart's desire to care for and love a child who is currently waiting for a forever home. If we had it our way, we would adopt TODAY and bring our child home TOMORROW. Unfortunately, there is a lengthy, tedious, sometimes annoying and highly bureaucratic process that stands between us and our child. We started this process in July 2018. I recall the timeline being somewhere around 18 months from the time of application until travel date. This of course has shifted around in the past 11 months- and we have seen it swing from 24 months, down to 13, up to 20 and back down to 18 months again. We have experienced the highs, the lows, the joys and the sorrows. What remains constant however, is the love that is growing in our hearts for the child we have yet to meet- but have faith that we will meet one day soon.
In the end- the wait is so worth it!