We have been in the process of adoption for over a year now. Probably closer to 15 months. We are attempting to adopt through our state's foster care system. We have targeted a girl of any ethnicity from age 8-12, for 15 months. No question, no hesitation. Then our hearts broke. We weren't intending to have our hearts broken, in fact we were pretty adamant that we would be the one couple to get through this without too much emotion.
John and I decided to go to an adoption play event. Perspective parents paired with children available for adoption for 2 hours. The only rule was if you walk through the door and see the kids you stay for 2 hours no matter what. I loved that rule. I was really concerned about kids feeling rejected. We walked through the door and my heart went immediately towards two little black boys around age 5, but then I remembered our mission- we we're here to find our girl. Turns out she wasn't there. So we decided to play with the two boys. They were cute and wanted to be pushed on the swings for hours! No problem that was our specialty. Both our children liked to be pushed on the swing so much my husband rigged a pulley system. That's how we put them to bed most nights. Hank especially liked swinging and kept begging for my husband to push him higher. He was doing really well but then adjusted in the seat a little too much and was suddenly hanging upside down! My husband quickly grabbed him and then held him while he cried for a few minutes, so guess what? It's a boy! No one is more surprised then us.
This was two weeks ago. We called dibs and unbelievably have not had a phone call returned saying whether we would even qualify to parent him. Really! Two weeks of waiting. We have already been told to not expect him with us for Christmas. How about next Christmas? I know case managers are overworked but come on people!
So the waiting continues. I can't post a picture because we weren't allowed to take any, but just know he is the cutest little boy ever!
I also opened a craft booth at an antique mall. Lots of tutorials and pics next week.