written by Sarah Cathryn
One of the most difficult aspects of adoption is waiting. As a culture we are so used to instant answers and clear pictures readily available to us. One click and you can get the answer to nearly any fact checking question you have. Now, if you want to know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop you can google it and find out! Adoption is the opposite of that. At least at times it feels that way.
I am a type A person. I thrive on schedules and order. Maybe this is why God gave me seven children. He really wanted to make sure I didn’t hold too tightly to my own way of having things. And even more importantly, He wanted me to depend on Him and Him alone. When we started our adoption process I was in my element. Fill out forms, check! Prepare my house, check! Buy a fire extinguisher, check! Attend a class, check! Get fingerprinted, check! Attend another class, check! Lock up my cleaning supplies and medications, check! Attend yet another class, no problem, check! You can see why this was great for me. I had a list of things to accomplish and my personality helped us to sail through that list with efficiency. We knew our children were on the other end of that list and we wanted to do everything in our power to get there in the shortest amount of time possible.
“We wanted”…it feels weird to even say that now. When we began our adoption journey we both felt some sense of control over the process. What we learned was that on the other side of that checklist was a year of waiting. A year of submitting our home […]