Thank you to anybody who is checking my blog to see if I have news. I can hardly bring myself to post anything!
We have not gotten a referral for our little boys yet and it is difficult at times. Our case manager has returned from Ethiopia and I think that once she recovers from the trip and deals with some pressing issues, we will hear something. I am trying to tell myself that it will be next week….
The good news is that we are making progress on K’s adoption. Today we sent in our signed Child Placement Agreement along with Post Adoption paperwork. Soon we will get to send her a “welcome bag” with a small photo album of our family (15 photos), two small toys (total value not more than $10.00), a letter, a t-shirt from the University where Russ teaches and H. and MK. attend, and a disposable camera. The camera is used to take photos of her receiving our gifts and then mailed back to us.
Receiving the “welcome bag” is a significant moment for K. because she will learn that she is going to be adopted. What will it feel like for K. to learn that she has been “chosen”, that we love her and want to make her our daughter? At the age of five, how long will it take her to realize that she will be leaving her home, even if it is an orphanage, and her friends and nannies who have become her family?
Adoption is filled with so much joy and sorrow intertwined; I find it difficult to resolve the two.
I hope to have something more to share soon.