Christie and I started our adoption journey back in January of this year. We attended a couple of adoption seminars and quickly knew we had found our adoption agency and country. We started filling out paperwork a couple of weeks later and by June 2 we had been put on Gladney's waitlist for an infant from Ethiopia! It has now been 8 1/2 months since we started and a little over 4 months since we went on the waitlist. The average wait time for families waiting on infants has been 8-9 months, so we think we're about half way through the wait and about half way through the total time, as well.
We have been learning a lot about parenting, adoptive parenting and the culture of Ethiopia. We have been meeting with other Ethiopian adoptive families at the Queen of Sheba restaurant in Oklahoma City pretty regularly. It is so much fun to get to see the other little kiddos that have been adopted from Ethiopia and live so close to us. At times you feel like you're the only person in the world doing what you're doing, but at those monthly dinners we feel like the norm!
We are so excited to be parents and are anxiously awaiting this new chapter in our lives!