Monday, May 28, 2012

The Adoption Rollercoaster

I've heard that the adoption journey is a lot like a roller coaster when it comes to your emotions....lots of ups and downs.  To be honest, up until now we haven't really felt that.  We rushed around at the beginning and got a lot of paperwork together, had meetings, appointments and small trips to get our dossier ready to be submitted to Africa.  Last July most all of that was sent off and our paperwork has been in Africa since October 2011.  Since October we made a trip to St. Louis in December to get some fingerprints done...and since December we've been waiting.  I guess it's like waiting in line to get on the roller coaster.  We can see others riding the ride and even some that have made it through the ride. 

About 2 weeks ago we got word that there was going to be a match meeting in Lesotho.  Then a day before the meeting it was confirmed by our agency that, YES there would be a meeting on May 22, 2012 and our paperwork would be at that meeting!  This was great news...this was..."okay Flora's it's your turn to get on this ride!"  After the meeting took place I couldn't sleep and my mind was consumed with what might have happened thousands of miles away.  Then on May 24th we found out that we hadn't been matched.  (I didn't even know that was a possibility!...rookie mistake)  Anyways, needless to say it was so disappointing and we were very upset. 

I guess over the last week I've learned that I'd rather be on the ride than on the sidelines waiting in line.  Last week was the most movement we have seen in quite a few months and it's the closest we have been to having a baby Flora miles away.  Jason and I are hanging in there and are incredibly thankful for the support we've experienced through our family, friends and coworkers.  They say "it takes a village to raise a child"...apparently it takes another one to bring one home from half way across the world.

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