The elephant is the mammal with the longest gestation period - 22 months - but for those of us adopting from China, we can prove otherwise! Today marks exactly THREE YEARS since our paperwork was logged in to China's system. Unless you have been in our shoes, there is simply no way that we can explain what it has been like to wait with the line in the sand moved back every few months or so. We hurt. All "waiting parents" (adopting parents) hurt. Many of us have been through miscarriages or infertility (or both). Many of us have been married a long time and are weary of waiting. Many of us grit our teeth when we hear moms complain about their kids. Many of us can't understand why. Why others seemingly have it so easy and get pregnant again and again and have the family that the others of us struggle and desire so much to have.
After Lee and I have our moments of hugs, sadness, and shaking our heads in disbelief that after getting married at 21 and 22 we are still waiting at 38 and 39 to have our family, we do get back to the core. The core is that God is good and we know we have a special child coming to us soon from China, and that we also have two beautiful kids waiting in Haiti. Here is a link to a post I wrote a year and a half ago. Time IS nothing to God; a day is as a thousand years. We just hope our wait for our kids is somewhere in between :)
Blessings and ((hugs)) to all the waiting parents and kids!!