"Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow-- that is patience." --Unknown
You realize that quote is more for me than for you, right? We are all waiting for something though, so here's a Bible verse that I came across about patience. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.-- Galations 6:9
We are just over here trying to keep the faith and patience. We are far from sitting down and giving up, but once in a while we feel a little irritable in the waiting game. If I had to describe the adoption process so far, I would say this: It is small little bursts of extreme gratification, purpose and excitement. Those 3 things sustain us through the days/weeks/months of checking the mail, hoping that the next burst of excitement has arrived. We have met great people in blogland, and have felt the love from friends and family that are so supportive of this process. We know that as soon as we have our baby in our arms we will forget about all of the waiting days. We hope that we can convey to our baby how much our anticipation translates into our love and excitement for him/her.
The waiting also translates into time to think and pray on the process. I have given this some thought before, and I can't even recall what made this hit me, but it truly sank in the other day how this process is so full of controversial feelings. We are so excited at the thought of being parents and all that comes with it, but in adoption, we are becoming parents while a birth family is making a plan, and part of that plan includes saying, "Good-bye." It is hard to fathom and comprehend the amount of love and courage carrying out an adoption plan takes. We pray that our birth mom/family knows we are here, that we are preparing our hearts, minds and home, and we pray that God takes care of them and provides them all peace and strength.
My head is swimming with adoption thoughts today and I could go on (and on and on), but I'm going to leave it here (or right after this). We are now in the wait to get our fingerprinting appointment with immigration. (Yes, we have already done fingerprints, but we need to do round 2 which goes with petitioning for a Visa for our baby). We hope the appointment information comes fairly quick. Our best guess is that we will be getting our fingers "inked" at the beginning of September. Geez, is it August already????
|This is Diogee with our paperwork that was sent out today. Isn't his excitement palpable?|