1.26.2007

A little progress :)

We went to get our fingerprints updated today. The process was completely painless. Our appointment was at 8:00 am and we were pretty much first in line. We were out by 8:08! Next, we’ll need to get a home study update and re-apply for our 171H.

We haven’t really done any work at all on the nursery since last August, when I dismantled the guest room and we set up the crib. I think I have decided on the paint color and have talked to Jonathan’s Uncle Rickey about starting work on the wainscoting, etc. I need something to get me excited about this process again…it’s been too long since we’ve done anything baby-related. I haven’t even been buying clothes, but we are going out of town at the end of February and there are some great outlets there, so I plan on doing some serious shopping then!

I am anxious to hear about the next referrals. The
sister of our good friend, Marcia, is poised for a referral – their LID is 10/13, so we hope they make the cut-off. We need to see a baby to give us all a jolt of happiness!

1.10.2007

We're still here

It’s been too long since I’ve posted, but the holidays sorta kicked my butt and then I got sick, so I just haven’t had the time or energy. To be honest, I really haven’t had much to say since this wait has turned from bearable to seemingly interminable – and just a little painful.

We have reached yet another milestone that I never thought we’d see – one year since LID. As Jonathan said this morning, we thought we’d be in the midst of parenthood by now, with all the craziness and fun and joy that it holds, but here we are, still holding on.

I was recently rather upset by the series of events, starting with the announcement of changes to the rules regarding China adoptions, and leading to the offensive and insensitive remarks made by panelists on the CNN program, Paula Zahn Now. This subject has been discussed at length on countless message boards and blogs, but suffice it to say - I was offended, and it takes a lot to do that. I don’t consider myself overly sensitive and try to not take comments personally, but this was just too much, even for me. If you don’t know what I’m talking about and would like to read transcripts from the shows, they can be found here and here. The fact that the rules have changed really stinks for those just starting what used to be a fair and predictable process, and although we are not affected, our hearts go out to those who are.

So, a year gone by and an indeterminate amount of time left to wait. We think eight more months are ahead of us, but still hope and pray for a speed-up, no matter how small. My heart aches for so many babies waiting for their families to come and bring them home. My arms ache for our daughter, already so much a part of our hearts and lives.