Wednesday, October 13, 2010

About the halfway point

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!

2 comments:

*Ashley Lou* said...

Hi Zach and Christie! I wanted to introduce myself (well, and my husband) because we are also in OK and waiting for our referral...though--sadly--we have only been on the list about 1 month! It would be wonderful to connect with other families in process with us who also live in OK! Feel free to email us privately at smithfamilyjourney@gmail.com..and I(Ashley) blog at smithfamilylowdown.blogspot.com.

Excited to meet ya'll!

Jeremiah & Ashley Smith

D'Andra said...

I was just thinking about you, and how I hadn't checked your blog in a while...it's completely different than last time I looked! I'm excited for you guys - keep us all posted (I'm going to bookmark it this time) and let me know when you're bringing baby home...I'm in for hosting a baby shower! :)
Tile looks great by the way!
D'Andra