Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Waiting Child

As the months have past, I am incredibly amazed at how everyday I find something new to be grateful for. Then I think of the children, and hope that my blog will find it's way to others who will pass on the message of adopting. A decision that I never thought could be so powerful and full of love along the journey.

This is my favorite picture of a little girl who is deligently doing her studies while she waits...for a forever family who will love and hold her, providing her with butterfly kisses as she is gently tucked into a warm, cozy bed...but for now all she knows is how to wait.

The Waiting Child
by Debbie Bodie

I saw you meet
your child today
You kissed your
baby joyfully
And as you walked
away with her
I played pretend
you'd chosen me.

I'm happy for the baby,
Inside I’m aching
I want to plead as
you go by,
``Does no-one want
a child of three?"

I saw you meet
your child today
In love with her
before you met
And as I watched
you take her out
I knew it wasn't
my turn yet.

I recognize you
from last year!
I knew I'd seen your
face before!
But you came for a
second babe.
Does no-one want
a child of four?

I saw you meet
your child today
But this time there was
something new
A nurse came in
and took MY hand
And then she gave
my hand to you.

Can this be true?
I'm almost six!
And there are
infants here you see?
But then you kissed me
and I knew
The child you chose
this time was me.
Poem Copyright

What more could I possibly add to this amazing poem. I saw this and saved it for many months until I finally figured out I have to share this with the adoption community. For one, not only did we decide that our hearts were drawn to our Agencies Waiting Child program; but also that so many toddlers and older children, some with no apparent needs other than wanting a home and forever family. Fortunately for many children in China that do not get adopted they are placed in loving homes with foster parents. Other children have minor correctable conditions to more severe issues that can be treated with the appropriate resources.
I am amazed at how many special parents adopt these awesome children and then go back for siblings!

We chose this path enthusiastically and are energized by the fact we have the resources to help one child who will be our baby girl!

So for now sweet little one, your Momma and Baba patiently await the day you find your way to us!

Monday, September 3, 2007

One Year Ago

One year ago, this month we were doing the "paperchase" for a little girl we would come to name Kira. Though our little daughter is probably not even born yet, we couldn't help the joy and love we immediately felt. There was a connection, an unseparable bond between us, and emotions that only grew with each passing month. For us the "paperchase" was actually fun, it validated the adoption through all the notarizing, certifying and authentication we had to do. I remember when the brown envelope came all the way from Guangzhou, China, which meant our petition to adopt overseas was approved by the USCIS. Ultimately a red folder came with our completed Dossier from our agency and the wait was officially on.
Though, the time for a referral has almost doubled since last year, we still hold onto the hope of holding our daughter in our arms. We have no idea when, which is so frustrating, however as they say, patience is a virtue. I wasn't a patient individual then, but since, you can say I am learning. Perhaps, it's all for a reason, afterall as a first time Momma I'm gonna need patience. So I believe with all my heart, this wait, will be worth it.
I am trying so hard to remain optimistic for another whole year, maybe more, but I must, for as my friend said, "there is a little girl who needs me as much as I need her".
I so need you sweet Kira, to love, hold, comfort, inspire, teach and other things I can't think of without crying here. So for now, I must be content with knowing you will find your way to us when you are ready.
Something amazing to look forward to, our child, our daughter, our destiny.

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