One year ago we decided adoption was the way to build our family. One year ago we decided Ethiopia was the country we wanted to do this through. One year ago TODAY we mailed our first application to adopt. One year ago TODAY we OFFICIALLY began our journey to Baby DuFran.
Can you believe it?! We've been in the adoption process for 1 year now! If this was a traditional pregnancy we'd already be home with a 3 month old but, since it's an adoption pregnancy, we've still got 6 months to go before we're home with our little one! I'm glad Zach and I are so good at delayed gratification- because that's exactly what this is! :) One year ago, when we started filling out our first adoption paperwork I remember being sad thinking, "In one year we won't be any closer to our child. We still won't have a picture or have held them or really even be close to travelling to them." So here we are at that one year mark. Yeah, it stinks that we don't have any of those things yet but it will come so soon! We're getting so close! We have a whole 12 months behind us now out of the 18 month process! That sounds very big to me.
Unfortunately, a good portion of our paperwork, (medicals, reference letters, homestudy, etc) expire after one year so...... we now get to start re-doing paperwork! Hopefully, just as we finish getting everything back up to date we'll be receiving our referral phone call! That will be a good reminder of why this is all worth it! As soon as we see that little face, all of these months of waiting will just fade into the background!