Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Reflections

What a day to reflect. Referrals are starting to arrive and how wonderful it is to see these families!!! Yippeee!

On another note, its been a year since we turned in our application to our agency. A year ago this week, Michael and I were in Colonial Williamsburg celebrating our 5th anniversary. We were playing online at the sister resort of the one we were staying at when the got the wonderful email that we had been accepted into the program. That email really changed everything. We got home and 1 week later we went to our orientation program and started "the paperchase". It felt good to be doing something. It was something that Michael and I could do together and that's what I enjoyed the most. Before our trip, we attended our first First Friday (the monthly adoption support group) which really got us motivated.

During the process we have found a new church, met wonderful friends (too many to mention) and have dreamed about the future. We have named our daughter (LynnMarie) started a collection of books, and have collected squares for her quilt. We bought her first outfit with some of our family and I have participated in secret pal and bib exchanges. I have learned to love consignment stores along with just window shopping at the more expensive stores. I found more websites to search at work

This adoption process has brought us closer together. I remember spending hours cleaning the house waiting for our SW visit. I wish the house had stayed that clean. I remember meeting our SW at a Starbucks in Roswell and having a pumpkin spiced latte. Its amazing what you remember. We have seen families paperchase, get referrals and bring their babies home. I remember watching Laney's family get their referral (the biggest boohoo moment so far in this journey). They showed the video at our support group and I know it made it seem so real to Michael. I remember being at work knowing it was Laney's Gotcha Day and clicking refresh over and over again on her blog. Finally at 6am, the pics were posted and there again were the tears. I had to explain they were happy tears. We watched Sheridan come home. His parents were mentors to us during our paperchase and helped us beat the May 1 deadline.they have helped us far more than just our adoption.
I have met some wonderful blogging friends and have communicated more with my family this year because of the adoption process.

I was able to have lunch with a group of ladies months ago and was so happy to get to meet Maisie and read about Brianna coming home. Today, I read that Chani's family learned about her!

It's been amazing. God has opened doors that I never knew were there. I have experienced more at work because of this adoption. I have watched Gods hand over so many friends and families . I wish this wait was not so long. I wish I could start shopping and planning for our trip. The one positive thing is that if we were were pregnant we would only have 9 months to shopeand plan and with this long wait, theres even more time to do just that. This year has been so awesome, I am looking forward to the next one. I can't believe that at one time in my life I thought adoption was just "a nice thing for people to do". Its such an amazing adventure, I cant imagine not being in this place.

12 comments:

Lisa and Doug said...

What a wonderful post! It is amazing how much the adoption process can change your life. You meet so many wonderful people.

And then you get a wonderful daughter at the end of the process while keeping all the friends you make! It is so amazing!

Dannye said...

what a cool post, yes we will have lots of memory stories to share with our little ones of things we did to wait and plan for their arrival....

Jay & Angela said...

Another inspiring post! We're so glad that our journey has helped you through the wait. I remember feeling the same way while we were waiting. It always encouraged me to see another family united with their daughter. We look forward to seeing your journey to LynnMarie unfold!

CJ and Donna said...

I thought about you this morning as I heard the song "A Light at the End of This Tunnel". There truly is a bright light at the end for YOU!

redmaryjanes said...

I'm glad that you are here going through this experience with all of us. You have been a true blessing to me.

Janet said...

I loved it when you said, "God has opened doors I never knew were there." SO TRUE, isn't it? I feel JUST the same! What a blessing!

Amy S. said...

Amy...that was such a wonderful post...such nice works written. I know you have heard it over and over again...but your day will be here and we all will be sharing in your joy instead of the other way around. Keep up your good spirt..and I will be right here waiting and checking in often to see how your doing.

Love and Hugs..

Mark and Rebecca said...

Adoption IS a blessing from start to finish. Even the struggle is a lesson that we need and will benefit from if we are open to those emotions. I thank God all the time for the kindred sprites that he has brought to us through this journey.

Kelley & Dwaine said...

Amy,

I am so glad I read your latest post. It made me feel so much better especially after this last small batch of referrals this month. You are right to say that so many wonderful things have happened and we too, have met so many new and wonderful friends. I can't wait to share these memories with our daughter. Thanks.

OziMum said...

Such a self-less post!

Hey! I just realised I haven't sent a square for LynnMarie's quilt! send me an email, with your details, and I'll have one in the post in a jiffy!
Love Lee-anne
wait4bella@yahoo.com.au

Ronnie and Becky said...

What wonderful memories you are going to have to share with your little one. Please do not get discouraged about the long wait. All the beautiful things you write are being perserved for the precious child in your future.

Waiting prayerfully and patiently,

Becky

Michael said...

This is an amazing process. There are so many amazing people you meet, so many ups and downs, so many tears and frustrating days but then you see pictures of anothers home coming and those tears turn to joy. One day it will be our turn and it will be your turn and others will cry for joy at our blogs!