We've been getting questions on the status of the adoption process, so here it is. Our dossier has been in China for nearly two years. The current wait time for "healthy" little girls under the age of two is approximately five years. Yes, five years. Unfortunately, the wait time does not seem to be getting any shorter. However, we do know that in mid-2007 the requirements for adoption through China changed, becoming more stringent. Perhaps once the China government gets to mid-2007 dossiers the wait time will start getting shorter?
We continue to be in the pipeline to review referrals of special needs children as well. We have, however, requested that any referral we review is of a little one younger than Lydia as we would prefer not to break birth order. For now, we are content with the waiting. But, I do know that as the months and perhaps years tick away, we will become anxious. We often wonder when we will get to meet our little girl - how old will the kids be when China Girl officially becomes a part of our family? We know that we will need to lean on God for strength and patience as we continue the journey.
We often talk about what life will be like when China Girl is here - how will our family dynamic change? We keep little reminders here and there to remind us of our future daughter. One of our reminders is this little kimono dress from China that Lydia is sporting (one day China Girl will wear this - perhaps it will flow a little better on her as Lydia's generous belly stops a bit of the flow - ha ha).
**For anyone new to my blog, please know that we refer to our daughter as China Girl in a loving and affectionate way. When we began the adoption process, this was how these guys could understand describing their one day sister.
Longing to serve with joy and desiring to lead, with my amazing husband, our precious children to have hearts that beat for our Lord. Rejoicing in the love and grace of our Father and the endless blessings He has given us.