Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I’m 16 months paper pregnant today!

June 25, 2008

Today marks the 16th month since my LID (2/25/07). Sixteen months and still China hasn't come very far in matching referrals with waiting families. It's so sad to think of the thousands of orphans waiting on their forever families and all of the forever families over here just waiting for a speed up! I've organized all of my adoption paperwork and have also renewed everything that was expired. It looks like I'll have to do that several times before I ever see a picture of Molly.

It's encouraging how the Lord chooses to confirm this decision very frequently for me. This weekend while I was at a friend's wedding I met another single adoptive mother. She is waiting to travel to the Phillipines to get her daughter. She told me about a local single adoptive mother support group that meets in the area once a month. Every parent needs support and encouragement once in a while, but especially single parents. I can't imagine how difficult it will be at times, but I have a great support system in place.

I've made Molly a scrapbook album to record my paperchase between now and then. I also write to her every few months or whenever I feel like it. I wanted her to have documentation of what I did during my wait and what I actually was feeling. I feel it is so important to have these memories actually in my handwriting so she can treasure it always. This blog records a more frequent account of my life; however it may seem impersonal in the future if she ever reads it. I love to scrapbook, but finding the time to actually do it is very hard. I'm sure that will become increasingly difficult when I'm a single mother. At that point, it may be easier to do everything digitally. For now, I enjoy the actual cutting, tearing, using stickers, gluing, and creating…it's the elementary teacher in me!

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