Our journey started back 2006, when we decided to start the adoption process for China. Paper chases, authentications, running from here to there, and so on. Those of you that have gone through this know what I am talking about. For those that aren't familiar, I liken it to getting a mortgage for your house. Our dossier was the size of a mortgage package at closing! Sent off to China, we were finally logged into the China system in April of 2007. This was our place in line - our LID or "log in date." This was your sacred position - everything was based on this date.
We quickly realized that our wait would turn into a long one. On one hand, emotionally, we kept hoping for a miracle and that things would happen quicker, but rationally, we knew better.
I won't bore everyone with the details of 7+ years of home study renewal, fingerprints, checks paid to the government. Just realize that all families go through this when they adopt from a foreign country. It is sheer madness. But, it is something that we undertake to fulfill an emptiness in our families.
What I will say, though, the adage "Everything happens for a reason" is true. Through this wait, which felt like an eternity, we were given our first miracle, Natalija. Fate brought us together. Many have no idea of the things that couples encounter and go through when adopting. Many say it is a noble act. I say that we are the lucky ones. These little bundles of joy bring such happiness.
So, now it is time for another addition to our family. Time for Natalija to get a little sister, time for the brood to grow by one, time to bring our little girl home.