We are waiting for the notarized copy of our addendum. Can I rant? It is one paragraph. It has taken a month to write, review, tweak a few words, and rewrite. A month. I know, I know...it is not that simple. The past month has passed quickly but we are still paper chasing. We expect to get the notarized copy to send to CIS this week. Hopefully Gladney will also get their copy this week. I am not sure when in the process that the infant requirement will get lifted. I assume that once Gladney gets it and approves it, it is lifted. Time takes on a different quality in the adoption process. It is broken down into different stages of waiting. Once you graduate from one the next is only harder. Once you have seen the eyes and sweet face, I can only imagine that it gets harder. We got a call from Gladney the average wait time has increased. When we started it was 3-5m. Now it is 6 1/2 months. I am busy with school, three active kids, and life, in general, so the time seems to pass effortlessly. When I get a few quiet moments I think about little M and my heart hurts. Are you being loved, Little M? Are you grieving for your family? Do you know that someone thinks that you are so special and so wonderful and have so much to offer?
I saw Slum Dog Millionaire last night. Powerful movie. My heart was so tight afterwards. Even with a seemingly happy ending, I wanted to cry. It hit too close to home (having a sister who was an orphan from this area or was it because we are adopting).
Facebook. I signed up this week with Zach's help. I really don't spend much time on it. What I do love about it...I have connected with my best friend in 4th grade (Athens, Greece) and several from college. What a nice gift.
Gao, our Chinese exchange student, is wonderful. He leaves this Friday. He has kept us focused on the minutes of the moment. Tomorrow will be his first Super Bowl. Today he went tubing. This past week he went to MIT. Next week, Harvard.
I loved this quote. It made me smile. Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. -Mac Mcleary