We thought going into this that the entire process would take a year to complete. We naively wondered how we could stand to wait that long. We submitted our application in April 2007 and had great hopes of having our little girl home by the end of the year. Now that it is 2008 and it has been 3 months, 2 weeks, and 5 days since we submitted our dossier, we find ourselves constantly wondering if it will ever happen.
Maybe I'm a little down today because I'm missing Preston and we're just coming off a fun weekend with family that our daughter would have enjoyed so much if she were here already. For my own sanity, if nothing else, I need to put it all into perspective again. At my niece's high school graduation party last night, a relative was introducing me to someone and told them that we had been waiting over two years to adopt. I told her it does feel that way at times, but it has only been a year. The word "only" sounded strange to me.
Last Sunday, Martin suggested that we change up our prayers a bit. Instead of just praying that we get THE CALL sooner, we should also be praying for the government officials and everyone involved in the process in both Russia and the United States. We should be praying for those who for whatever the reasons may be delaying the process -- not just for us, but for all the families currently waiting to provide loving homes to the multitude of orphaned children in Russia.
We know that God has created a child meant for specifically us. She has already been born and is waiting for us on the other side of the world. We are praying the path to her be cleared of all obstacles.
On a much lighter note, have you ever noticed that whenever you get a new car suddenly it seems that everyone on the road is driving that same model and color car even though you had not noticed it ever before? (Or am I the only one this happens to?) Anyway, I'm experiencing that with Russia. I was probably never conscience of it before we started our adoption, but it seems that some aspect of Russia is showing up in almost everything we do these days.
Chick-Fil-A: The boys' kids meals at Chick-Fil-A came with a "Living Language Russia" CD with 14 short lessons on how to speak and understand Russian.
Coke: The last 12-pack of cokes I bought featured the Olympic Games Collector series. Our cokes all had the Russian logo for Coca-Cola,"Koka-Kona", the first of five in a series. (Click on Koka-Kona to get to the mycoke site, then click on "Coke around the World" then click on Coke can for Russia on the right. Cool collage and facts about Russia!)
Salesman: We were talking to a salesman in Orlando who was trying to convince us to add to our Hilton Grand Vacation points. We told him we were saving money to travel to Russian soon for our adoption. He smiled and started speaking fluent Russian. I was proud of the boys for recognizing (from the Chick-Fil-A CD) a few of the phrases he said like "KAK dee-LA" -- meaning "How are you?" It didn't work in making us buy anything, but it was another coincidence. I mean, what are the odds?
Dentist: The boy's pediatric dentist recently returned from a medical mission trip to provide dental services in Russian and Ukrainian orphanages. I found it fascinating to hear his stories, even if the boys were just interested in getting to the prize box.
Indiana Jones: Last night we went to the new Indiana Jones movie and who is trying to beat Indy to the treasure? None other than the Russians!
These are just a few recent examples. It happens all the time. Maybe all these references to Russia have been around all along. But now, things are different and anything to do with Russia catches my eye. And it reminds me that we are still WAITING!