I haven’t posted a lot on here about the adoption process or the status of our present adoption, so here’s a little background. We have been trying to adopt internationally for over a year and a half and because of circumstances and unforeseen changes throughout, we have been kind of stuck with not a lot of progress. Needless to say, it’s leaving this momma’s heart a little strained and in all kinds of knots. Not knowing what kind of emotions to feel and continually grasping at the last thread of hope.
I am not at all trying to scare anyone away from adoption, but just being real about how the process can sometimes go. Sometimes it can happen quickly and be smooth sailing and other times the labor is a little more intense. When we first started exploring adoption we had a social worker tell us about how the process can be emotionally trying for some at times. I heard what she said and in my ignorance brushed it off, but now fully understand.
For those of you who have never been through the adoption process, I liken it to a pregnancy. Except this is a pregnancy with no due date, you are constantly 9 months waiting for the child to arrive. Yes, this also includes the stress and zillions of questions that come with it.
A couple weekends ago at church, during the petitions my husband and I were taken slightly off guard. One of the petitions was specifically for couples who were trying to adopt, for their strength and perseverance. Never in all my church going have I ever heard this specifically prayed for. My husband and I looked at each other at the exact same time knowing what was on our hearts, both with smiles on our face and of course my eyes welled up with a little water.
The Encourager offering a little encouragement. No matter what our state in life, it seems we all have times when we allow our hearts to become feeble. Being open to the simple reminders, we can be renewed in fortitude and faith.
And for anyone in the process, here’s a little comic relief…
So sad that this process is taking sooooo long, especially after all the waiting you’ve already done. Hearing that petition would have melted my heart.