Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sometimes it takes a village... to CREATE a FAMILY!

I have been meaning to start this blog ever since we first decided to take this path toward adoption, but several things have prevented me from doing so.  Not the least of which was time and a reliable laptop.  But more than that was (a) the fear of "jinxing" the entire process by actually documenting what being an adoptive mom and dad would mean to us, and (b) not being able to think of a good name for my blog!  I know that sounds silly, but I really couldn't think of anything that encapsulated how this journey has made me feel without being too cliché.  Then in the months that followed I became all too aware of how little I was capable of doing alone to make this happen.  After every single donation, every act of assistance, every prayer and good wish, I kept hearing myself saying "Forget about RAISING a child.... sometimes it 'takes a village' just to GET a child!" And then I knew what I wanted to focus on.  It has truly taken an entire village to create our family.  This realization is amazing and humbling and scary... and VERY cool.

I hope that this blog will be able to help others understand more about the adoption process according to our experiences as well as allow me a forum to thank all those who have been part of the process.  The past six months have been a non-time flurry of activity, demands, payments, phone calls, forms, rules, stress and at times despair and confusion.   And after all that, we are not even a third or fourth of the way through yet.  We have completed our home study, and we have a waiting child that is "reserved" for us, but we are still waiting for an official referral, which comes after we submit our Dossier. And we can't do that until we received our I800A approval.  We expect that in March or April.  That gives us a couple of months to raise and earn the remaining money needed and to try to prove we haven't lost our sanity in the process.

So, hold on to your hat things are going to get even crazier!!!

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