Want to know what a day in the life of waiting for a referral is like? Glad you do, because I'm in the mood to give ya a glimpse.
Here's the deal. I'm not gonna lie, the waits tough at times, and there are people who've been waiting much longer than us. We're about to end our 6th month waiting. 6 months... if we were pregnant at the 6th month mark, I'd assume we'd feel a lot like we do now. We'd be getting a room ready for the babe, we'd be dreaming of the day when we'd get to meet our child face to face, but the difference is..we have no due date, we have some estimations-but really, we have no idea. That parts kind of fun-not. You see, I'm a bit of a planner...I like to know schedules and routines. I can be flexible-if it fits in with the schedule ;)
We are truly on an adventure, it's one of many twists and turns, laughs (you should HEAR the conversations that go on in our house. Things we've learned in the last year that I NEVER thought we'd be just chatting it up about) and some tears. But you know, it's all good. Because HE knows, and HIS plans a perfect. So I give you, a day in the life.
-Awake. We're on the west coast and our agency is on the east coast...so they're 3 hours ahead. I check some blogs, Facebook, the yahoo groups and see if anyone has gotten a referral. If they have, I LOVE waking up Justin and telling him-I live vicariously through this wonderful community of adoption.
- During the day I get emails from fellow families along in the journey. These emails range from a variety of different topics. I like reading them, sometimes they're from people who have gone before us and have some great info, sometimes it's from families who have just started and need advice on what paperwork gets sent where (we ALL know how awesome the paper chase can be..not)
-Some day's I debate emailing our family coordinator hoping for some info
-Some days I sit and think about a women on the other side of the world...someone who will forever be connected to us. I wonder what she's doing. Is she safe? Is she scared? I pray for her all the time.
-Once it's about 2pm here, I know we won't hear from our agency...and that's okay. It's just another day down.
-We end our day usually talking about the little guy. What he might be doing, if he's even born, what his mom or dad are doing. Things like that.
God's been more than gracious to us this far. I have a feeling (actually I know) He's just getting started.
Now wasn't that exciting?! Just another day in the life!