Monday, May 14, 2012

The waiting game in adoption

I love what Sear Frost wrote over on her blog today, it was exactly what I needed to hear so I thought I'd share it. I'm always encouraged by what I read on other adoptive mama blogs, I also LOVE Jen Hatmaker, that woman is amazing.

"This is why Jen Hatmaker is incredible. Love her. Check her out here
On Waiting in Adoption:

"Forget whatever timeline you were given at the beginning. Forget you ever heard that. Put that in the trash can. Adoption will change, shift, slow down, hit snags, be weird, be difficult, take longer than you think, take longer than you can stand. This will happen. When someone gives you a timeline, say

 "Thank you for that cute little sentence. Flush."
Potential adopters, let me tell you this: Get your "YES" straight at the very beginning. Decide on it. Roll around on it. Put it on the table and shellack it. Because you cannot let every delay and snag derail your certainty about adoption. When you say YES, you are saying YES to enter into the suffering of the orphan, and that suffering includes WAITING FOR YOU TO GET TO THEM. I promise you, their suffering is worse than yours. We say YES to the tears, YES to the longing, YES to the maddening process. YES to the money, YES to hope, YES to the screaming frustration of it all, YES to going the distance through every unforeseen discouragement and delay. Do not imagine that something outside of "your perfect plan" means you heard God wrong. There is NO perfect adoption. EVERY adoption has snags. We Americans invented the "show me a sign" or "this is a sign" or "this must mean that God is closing the door" or "God must not be in this because it's hard" but all that is garbage. You know what's hard? Being an orphan. They need us to be champions and heroes for them, fighting like heck to get them home. So we will. We may cry and rage and scream and wail in the process, but get them home we will."

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