We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and spent the day with both families - Jonathan's and mine. We ate too much, talked, played games, watched football, and just enjoyed being with everyone. We are blessed beyond belief with wonderful families who live close by - so we see them often, not just on holidays.
The day was, however, tinged with just a little sadness that our daughter is not here for yet another holiday. It's so difficult to explain to people why she isn't here, and what exactly the hold-up is...especially since we don't really know ourselves. All we can do is cite the possible reasons and say we hope to know more with the next batch of referrals. I know in my heart that when we are united with LK, we will forget this long wait and know that it was all worthwhile, but that doesn't help fill the emptiness and quell the longing in our hearts - and doesn't make it any easier to explain to our family and friends why we are waiting still.
When we started this adoption journey, we were told the wait was 6-8 months and knew, even with delays, that she'd be here by this Christmas. "Our last Christmas as a couple", we said last year. We talked about the year to come, and all that it would bring. "Our lives will change", we said, "and we can't wait". Well, guess what? Here we are, still waiting :)
We have tried to make the most of this time - to enjoy being just the two of us for a little while longer and to ready ourselves for the changes that parenthood will bring. We are thankful for all we have been blessed with in 2006, as well as the rough spots we have overcome. We are ready for the waiting to be over and the next phase to start.
Please continue to pray for us, and most importantly, pray that Lily Kate is being well cared for, and that she won't have to wait much longer for her Mommy and Daddy to bring her home.