A few months ago I shared with you our decision to adopt a child from Thailand and grow our family. It has been a year since Yankee and I made the decision to adopt and start the process.
Right now I get lots of questions about the wait. While I wish our little one would be in my arms tomorrow, I have worked on not getting ahead of myself in this process and do one step at a time. We were so busy the first couple of months with paperwork, but now we just wait. We wait to get matched with our child.
On the last report, we were told we could be matched with our child in April. While I hope that turns out to be our match month, I am not holding my breath because there is nothing I can do to make this process go faster. Being matched doesn’t mean we will get to meet the child or bring it home at that time. What it means is that we will get a photo and maybe a progress report. In return, we can send a gallon sized bag of gifts which are usually an outfit, letters and photos, and a disposable camera. The foster parents can use the camera to take photos so our child will have photos of its life before us. Also, we will get to see how he/she is growing, etc. We will probably still not get to bring it home for another 12 to 15 months. We were told that the officials in Thailand move slowly, but that everything is done correctly and legally according to the Hague Council.
What I do think about are the people caring for our little one right now. They have opened their hearts to love our child before he/she comes home. I cannot wait to thank them in person for tucking our child in at night, holding when he/she cries, and giving it unconditional love. I can’t even think of the day we will have to say goodbye to our child’s foster family. It will be such a bittersweet day.
I know that day will be here before I know it, but until it does, we are enjoying spending time together doing the crazy things we do, and spending time with our family and friends. That makes the wait a little easier.