Well the verdict is in. Even I can get a little ahead of the adoption game. So I'm not perfect=).
It started out simply enough. I put my name in the hat for a slew of children. Some were no goes from the start. Some we weeded through. But now our social worker has kindly asked us to slow down just a bit=). Well, maybe not so kindly. But she does have a valid point. Somewhat.
The process is slow and agonizing. You put your name in, send a home study, wait and wait and wait and wait. No one is in a rush to get these kids any place. So they rot in the system and families get discouraged.
Right now we are waiting. What a surprise. Our worker put our name in the hat for a seven month old baby girl. Yes. A baby. But we don't have any information on the child's disabilities, needs, and so forth. Not to mention if it is a baby there are going to be at least 200 other home studies for the baby. We are also continuing to wait on a 9 year old girl in Colorado, a sibling group of boys in northern VA, and a local 7 year old boy. So we have many irons in the fire. Plus I have heard from another worker with a 2 year old boy. Busy busy busy. My social worker is putting everyone else on the back burner and fighting hard for the baby girl for us. I am inclined to think that this is a rather unrealistic expectation, but I still believe in miracles.
So we continue the unending cycle and pray for patience and endurance in a race that is starting to wear us out a bit emotionally, mentally, and even a bit physically. I am keeping my eyes out for the finish line which I know is out there somewhere. I will continue to run the race and play the game the only way I know how. With grit, stubbornness, and determination to bring our child home.