"On the excruciating wait/delays: Oh my, I can speak to this. First, forget whatever timeline you were given at the beginning. Forget you ever heard that. Put that in the trash can. Adoption will change, shift, slow down, hit snags, be weird, be difficult, take longer than you think, take longer than you can stand. This will happen. This is the normal thing. When someone gives you a timeline, say, "Thank you for that cute little sentence. Flush." Potential adopters, let me tell you this: Get your "YES" straight at the very beginning. Decide on it. Roll around in it. Put it on the table and shellack it. Because you cannot let every delay and snag derail your certainty about adoption. When you say YES, you are saying YES to enter the suffering of the orphan, and that suffering includes WAITING FOR YOU TO GET TO THEM. I promise you, their suffering is worse than yours. We say YES to the tears, YES to the longing, YES to the maddening process, YES to the money, YES to hope, YES to the screaming frustration of it all, YES to going the distance through every unforeseen discouragement and delay. Do not imagine that something outside of "your perfect plan" means you heard God wrong. There is NO perfect adoption. Every adoption has snags. We Americans invented the "show me a sign" or "this is a sign" or "this must mean God is closing a door" or "God must not be in this because this is hard," but all that is garbage. You know what's hard? Being an orphan. They need us to be champions and heroes for them, fighting like h*** to get them home. So we will. We may cry and rage and scream and wail in the process, but get them home we will. " -Jen Hatmaker (find her here) via Five of My Own
A (girl) : As someone who is in the middle of it, YES! You just have to realize that you are as committed to them as if they were growing inside your body. I've been pregnant three times, that wasn't fun either. This has the same surety - I'm committed, I will see this through, I will not give up on her... because I can't. Not won't. Can't.