Exciting developments in the last few days! Three Bethany families received referrals for infants (ages 7, 9 and 11 months). This moved us to #2 on the list. Yep, that means only one family ahead of us. The wait for a healthy infant is currently about 7.5 months and growing. We've now been waiting 7 months and 9 days.
As excited and anxious as I am to get that referral, I can't get my arms around the reality of it all. For the past 15 months, our Ethiopian adoption has been about paperwork and waiting. It's easy to lose sight of the fact that it's about a child. That's so different from giving birth, where you experience the movement toward parenthood, both physically and emotionally.
I can't wait to share the emotions that will come with a referral. I've had a glimpse of them when I see a family above us on the list get their referral and we move closer to our day. If that heart-stopping moment is any indication, I'm going to have to peel myself off the floor when our call comes.