This week we are breathing a big ole sigh as we have finally accomplished all of the major adoption paperwork. I can’t emphasize how big of a deal this is…it’s a huge leap closer to having our little one home. Approved home study, check. Dossier compiled and in the mail, check. Submitted immigration approval paperwork, check. My type-A, planner, checklist-obsessed self is in heaven. How do we celebrate this big accomplishment? Well, we throw a big pig roast, of course. We’d love for you to come and celebrate with us on September 7, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. You can get tickets on our store.
So now what? We may be a little lost without paperwork to do every evening and checklist dates every weekend. Now the infamous wait begins. We wait for our child to be matched with us. This wait, like most things in international adoption, is quite unpredictable. At this point, we expect to receive a match anywhere from 3-12 months from now. Since we are considering a younger child this time, we expect to wait closer to twelve months. It’s hard to know what this time will be like, and it’s different for each adoptive family. Right now we feel grateful for another year to learn and prepare, set up a bedroom and enjoy childless adventures.
We are also thrilled to have a year to absorb all that is Ugandan culture from afar. We are going to continue learning to cook Ugandan cuisine and study history. It’s our hope to connect with any local Ugandans, friends who have traveled to Uganda and fellow Ugandan adoptive families. We’ll also be stretching our linguistic skills and learning some of the Luganda language.
As we wait, it is wild to think that our littlest is alive in Uganda. Perhaps with his birth family, maybe living with a relative or neighbor, possibly in an orphanage. Knowing our child could be alone without a family is heartbreaking and leaves us feeling helpless, but then we remember…. We remember he was never alone for one day in his life. We know that a certainty with parenting is that so much will be out of our control and we must trust our child with God every single day. So this trust in the Sovereign One begins before our little one is ever in our arms. We choose to rest in the truth that He knows the very best for our child’s life and is orchestrating all of it when we can’t even see it.