Friday, September 23, 2011

Adoption Non-News

I keep putting off posting an update about the adoption in hopes that the next day will be one in which we get actual good news worth posting about. Sadly, it doesn't seem to be coming. It's now been twelve weeks since we received our referrals and there's been very little movement on our case. On the bright side, the political situation at the orphanage that put our case at a standstill seems to be somewhat resolved and we have been told that they're now working on our paperwork. The bad news is that we still haven't been submitted to the Ethiopian court. At this point, I can only imagine that we won't be assigned a court date until at least December. Furthermore, most families going through the process seem to be hitting additional snags when their cases are submitted to the U.S. Embassy. Therefore, we're looking at the very real possibility that it could be a loooooonnnnnngggggg time before we are able to bring our little ones home. It's daunting and depressing.

We received new photographs of our little girl two weeks ago. She looks like such a sweet little babe and we can't wait to meet her in person. Unfortunately, we didn't receive updated pictures of our son, which means it's now been twelve weeks since we got an updated photograph of him.

This wait is really, really hard. Honestly, I try not to think about our new children and the adoption process too much because my mind slips quickly into a quicksand of despair. [Yes, I am being melodramatic, but it's my blog.] It's easier to stay busy and keep my thoughts occupied by other things. Unfortunately, Fridays tend to be particularly hard because that's when our agency receives updates on all its cases and we spend the day hoping that good news will come our way only to be disappointed.

I know this will all be worth it someday. At some point in the future, our little ones will be home and will have had time to adjust and all this waiting will be a distant memory. We also know we're really lucky to be in this position of getting to anticipate the arrival of new children to our family. It's just difficult to focus on that sometimes.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Living Art

I thought the kids were cooperating nicely and coloring the sidewalk in the backyard while I cooked dinner tonight. Closer inspection revealed that they'd cornered the dog and were using the chalk to paint her like a cookie. There must be a special place in doggie heaven reserved just for Stella.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hesston Steam Museum 2011

Visiting the Hesston Steam Museum has become an annual fall tradition in our family. Today we were surprised to find a large festival going on and the entire place was mobbed with a convention of various steam trains, tractors, and other steam machines. Atticus wasn't too sure at first about all the noise and whistles, but once he had a pair of earplugs he had a great time.