We have officially hit the 24 month waiting point and with the wait time increases and lull in referrals I believe we are in for the long haul. Wait times right now are about 30-36 months. We know from experience thought that God is doing some amazing things we just haven't seen yet.
Waiting this time is so much different, it is hard because Daniel is so excited to meet his brother. He prays for him each night. When he outgrows some clothes we put them in his brothers room. One day he was putting a shirt in there and while he was walking he said "Mommy I wish my brother was here." I said "Me too buddy" then he looked at me with those big brown eyes and said "It sure does take a long time". He then went about his business like every other normal day. It sure does buddy it sure does!
I was going through videos on my phone and i found this one from Mommy and Me day at school:
I am so thankful for this video and I can't wait for the day that there are 2 little boys sitting there singing "mommies are for hugging, mommies are for kissing". If you look closely you can see the picture of daniel we received for his referral right behind him. This is one of those moments that makes all this waiting and paperwork so worth the wait.
Daniel mentioned to Mark the other day that he wants to go with us when we go to Ethiopia to meet his brother. This is something Mark and I had talked about and decided that we would take him when he got older and could appreciate the culture and learn more. Now we are wondering, since his comment that he wants to go because he can't remember. He sees pictures but he wants to see more. Is he to young? This is something we are trying to decide as we wait. Should we take him? By the time we travel for court he will be 5. Being honest, since we will be there for the court date and then come home, leaving the baby until the embassy visit I don't want Daniel to think that we can leave him also.
Long story short, we are in it for the long haul. That is the nature of adoption. We had "planned" on getting a referral the end of this year but things change. In adoption you learn to be flexible things can change like that and only God knows the plan. So we will continue to pray and follow his lead on building our family.