I have been coming across many, many amazing videos lately. And books. And websites. And all of these amazing videos, books, and websites have made it clear that adoption is in our (near) future. At the least the beginning of the process.
And God made it even more clear when Robert came home last night and told me that he also feels we should begin the process pretty soon (thinking that we’ll have a child in the next few years). This is a huge answer to prayer!
The majority of videos, books, and websites have been pointing me towards Ethiopia. I have always felt that we would adopt from Africa… But at the moment, I’m just looking into it!
I am in awe right now of the idea of it all. It seems surreal. One of those things that “we will do one day.” But the more I pray through it, the more that God is making it more and more clear that it will happen sooner than later.
So as I begin to look into Ethiopian adoption, I find that it takes an average of 15-24 months to come home with a child. Other countries are about the same… for some, the process is shorter, for some it is longer.
This includes minutes and hours and days and months of fundraising, filling out paperwork, traveling, crying, praying, doubting, struggling, smiling, and all that goes into adoption.
Obviously I have never experienced it myself, but I have seen it experienced in the lives of friends, and I know that it’s not an easy task.
But it will be well worth it when we bring our child(ren) home!