Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I've always wanted to adopt...

First of all, my new header captures Eliza almost perfectly. She's always got one shoe off. She's really into watching you tie her shoes these days and tries to do it herself. So, she knows if she takes a shoe off, you'll put it back on and she can watch you tie it. She's such a smarty pants!

So, we're moving along on our paperwork. Almost ready for our agency to submit our LOI to the CCAA for a little girl. I'm so excited. Hoping that we are her family. If you don't already know, the new rules do not allow an agency to lock-in a child off the shared list for a family until CCAA approval. Meaning that other families could be applying for the same child. Still have a lot of dossier to get to, but this is going on simultaneously.

Onto today's post "title": I've always wanted to adopt... As you all know, each adoption journey is filled with paperchasing tails. I had a good one happen this morning. I went to our family dr to pick up our physicals that he was supposed to sign/notarize. Well, he signed them w/out notarizing. (The same exact thing happened for Eliza's adoption.) Big sigh, from me, in their office. They know me quite well and I feel like I've been there every day for weeks now w/ all our illnesses. Anyway, I figured I'd take the paperwork over to the Town Hall (like I did for Eliza) and get "lucky" again finding a notary that knows our dr (it's a very small town) and who would notarize it (like I did for Eliza). Get the picture here... Of course, I didn't get as "lucky" this time. She was a new notary and not comfortable notarizing his signature. Another big sigh, from me, in their office. Last resort, play the adoption card: "My agency is holding a child's file for us and is waiting for this paperwork so they can apply to China. It has to be there today." Well, the woman starts asking around to the other clerks if they know or have a document w/ our dr's signature on it that she could look at. They start pulling permits, etc. Uh oh! I quickly decide this might take a while and maybe I could ask her to drive over to the dr's with me (1/2 mile away). She looks out the window at the glorious fall day and to my surprise, says "Sure!". So, we did and she notarized it there in my dr's office. The best part of it, was when one of the young nurses overheard us and asked, "Are you adopting?" I told her this was our second adoption from China. To that she said, "You're so lucky! I've always wanted to adopt." I smiled and I said, "It takes someone who always wanted to adopt to recognize that I'm the lucky one. Usually, people say that the child is lucky. Listen to your heart and I hope that one day, you will be lucky too." She was in her early 20's. Made me think back to myself at that age. I always knew I wanted to adopt too. It took me nearly 20 years to get there. I hope she acts on it. Something tells me that she will and that made me smile for a child waiting.


Rachel said...

How lucky to have such a nice person who is willing to go the extra mile to help you. I also think its neat that the nurse said "you're lucky." I have so many people say Lily is lucky, but they don't understand the real reward is for us and our family.

Great post! Email me - I'd love to hear about how Eliza is doing and maybe some sneak info about the child you're submitting LOA for. Are you using GWCA again?

Hope all is well.

The Montieth Family said...

Why do you always make me CRY Sarah! :) You're right, we are the lucky ones! I love, love, love that you brought the notary with you to the doctor's office!!!:) ONLY YOU would do that.

Hugs to my little E and tell her that Auntie Megan would love to tie her shoes for her anytime!


Meaklims said...

Beautiful post, it brought tears to my eyes Sarah.

I think it's something God puts on your heart. You might put it to the back of your mind, but you never forget it.

When you eventually come through an adoption and look back, you realize God was working in your life - He planted the seed. It is so He works everything out.

I am SO excited for you!! Praying that you will soon be a mommy to this little one. God knows...and He's known for a very long time now. :)

Love, Jill xx

Truly Blessed! said...

Saying a prayer that your daughter is already identified and waiting for you...

Don't let the paperwork get you down!