No, don’t worry, I’m not starting one here. Sam and I have had that conversation thousands of times, and unless someone drops a baby on our doorstep in the middle of the night we’ll never have our own family.
What I wanted to share was a blog from a couple who live in Cincinnati (Liz and Steve). I don’t know them except through their blog. I will never meet them either, but I love reading their adoption chronicles. They are adopting two boys from Siberia, Russia. The process has taken a couple of years now, and consists of mountains of paperwork, tons of fund raising, VISA interviews, decorating and shopping, heartache, physicals, home studies, last minute road trips to get documents validated, postage galore, disappointment and hold-ups, stifling flights across the world, tears and laughter, bad hotel stays, scant photos and information on their boys, boil-in-the-bag food, and unexplainable excitement and joy.
They are now on the last leg of their journey – they’ll be spending the next couple of weeks in Russia as their adoption is finalized. There is a 10-day waiting period once they adoption is approved before they can take custody of the boys and are allowed to leave the country. Their boys will have to remain in the orphanage during that 10-day period and Liz and Steve will only have limited time with them each day. I can’t imagine how excited they are as they await the completion of their journey and are safely back home with both their boys in tow. I encourage you to say a quick prayer for them and check out their blog – it’s sure to bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face.