There has not been much to update on since our final home study. As far as we know, our licensing paperwork is awaiting approval somewhere in Lansing. The last time I spoke with our licensing worker (when she came to see our crib), she gave me a time frame of “not before Christmas but within 12 weeks.” Honestly, these time frames just don’t mean much to us since they change every time we speak with someone.
I’ve been asked a few times by people, “When are you getting your baby?” Most people are familiar with international adoption or domestic adoption where a birth mother is matched with a family. In most of those cases, it is babies that people are waiting for so I understand where the confusion comes from. We may very well be placed with a baby or we may be placed with a four year old. Or a two year old and a five year old. The list of possibilities just goes on from there. We have sleeping arrangements for kids of all ages so we are prepared for whatever comes our way (although we are only licensed, right now, for up to age six).
I’ve also been asked several times, “Are you excited?” Of course, we are excited! Just as most expectant parents are, we cannot wait to meet our kid(s). We know we are walking into a situation with a lot of unknowns but that does not change the fact that God has laid these kids on our heart and we already love them. Life as usual goes on while we wait but I am daily struck with the realization that parenthood is just around the corner and I could not be more excited. Neither of us are feeling nervous…yet.
We appreciate your prayers over the next few weeks as Dan wraps up a hectic semester, I finish up at my quarter-time job and as we eagerly wait for the big phone call.