The adoption journey is a roller-coaster. Huge ups and downs. Excitement and delays. While with pregnancy there is a very clear timeline and obvious progress, adoption presents really different challenges. You sometimes wonder if progress is being made. Are we a day closer? Or are we stuck? While in pregnancy you feel kicks and movements and see visible growth all of which indicates healthy progress, in adoption you are left wondering what your child is doing, if they are healthy, they are growing. Are they loved? Are they cared for? When are they coming?
We’re happy to report that on our big roller-coaster, it’s been far more ups than downs lately. We apologize for not updating more often, as some days you are just hanging on for dear life.
1. Many of you know and have been praying with us about communications between BC and Guinea. It’s a long story, but the short of it is that BC was stuck waiting for a certain response to a letter they sent inquiring about adoption between these two jurisdictions. From our research, we knew that Guinea were unlikely to respond, as that’s not how they operate. They will respond when they receive a dossier (application) and not before. But BC was insisting on this protocol. However, finally after talking with the authorities in Alberta (where there have been 6 adoptions from Guinea), BC agreed to simply go ahead and send our dossier to Guinea once it’s ready. After 7 months of waiting and praying, God opened the door right when we needed it! We’re so thankful that this hurdle has been crossed.
2. Our adoption education is complete! Two weekends away from the kids and church was hard, but it felt great to complete this requirement.
3. Our home study is complete! Our social worker has submitted it to our agency for their approval. Once they approve it and we approve any edits that might be needed, we will be free to send our translated dossier to Guinea.
4. Although we don’t have any details or specifics at all (and none that will come until our dossier is received through official channels), we do have confirmation that there is a child waiting for us at Source of Life in Guinea. Things are ready on their end and are simply waiting for us to get our documents and due process together.
Finally: we are only a few days away from our big fundraiser. So much work has gone in to it and we are so thankful for our Community Group and friends who have worked so hard to make this happen for us.Cupcakes are baked, music is prepared, video is ready to go, decorations are organized and we are excited to share our story with you and have fun together. I hope you can make it on Friday!