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Adoption update for October

I was pleasantly surprised this morning with an email from our adoption agency…..

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Two new photos of our Little Dragon!!!!

They also included some size information:

Height – 63cm
Weight – 7.5 kg
Head size – 41 cm
Chest size – 41 cm
Foot size – 9 cm
Teeth – none

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So, I pulled up some charts to see where our little Dragon was at…..one problem….I have know idea at what age these measurements were taken. Hmmmmm, I am stumped!

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My test of Patience.

If I were to describe myself, one of the last words I would use, is the word patient. I am a “lets get it done” girl. I have lists and I like to cross things off of them. If I get an idea in my head, much to the chagrin of Hubby, it has to get done and done now.

This adoption process has been an education in patience for me. In the beginning, I would get myself all worked up about the wait. It was to the point of making my life and those in my life miserable. I would get so down about something that I had no power over.

It then hit me that this is something that I could not control and I needed to except that fact and move on. I am not an overall religious girl, but for some reason, I felt that this wait was meant to teach me something. That it was for the best of the family. That there was something positive to get out of this experience.

In the beginning, I needed to spend so much time with Mr. D and his issues. He had to go to speech, occupational, and physical therapy every week. There were appointments with the neurologist, pediatrician, and social worker. We were so busy trying to do the best for him, a little baby would have been lost in the shuffle. I realized the wait was what our family needed and what I could deal with.

I now have a child who is ten, one who is five, and lastly a six month old. I feel like I was given what I could handle at the time. Five year gaps between babies is giving me a breather before starting over again. It like having three “only” children. I am really good at one baby at a time!

Patience…it is once again being tested. I, once again, am trying to understand what lesson is being taught to me.

On Friday we received a call from Homeland Security denying our immigration forms for our Little Dragon. When I asked the reason, I was in shock…

Her birthday is March 18th. We received our referral on September 19th. She was six months and one day. We were so excited to have a child so young!

BUT they found her papers in China were matched to us on September 14th. That made her four days shy of six months.

Who cares you think…well, I guess the government does. We are only allowed to adopt a child six months to five years. Dragon was just four days shy, when matched to us.

Due to these four days, we were denied.

What does this mean…. We need to rework our home study to allow us to adopt a child five months and older. We have to fill out supplemental forms to add to our 1-800. We need to get an approval from our adoption agency about “all” this stuff….and let’s not forget write several hefty checks for the “processing” fees.

My patience is being tested again…

She will be seven months old next week. Our wait to see her was lengthen due to this new paperwork. I am trying to understand and accept, but I look at her little face and worry for her. I pray that there are kind hands holding her. I pray that there are gentle words being said to her. I pray she is fed well and stays in good health.

My heart is heavy, but I will be patient.

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Getting ready for Halloween!

My number one goal lately……trying to keep myself busy while waiting for papers to process. Hoping and wishing for a quick turn around and a trip to China before the year’s end. The waiting is insane!!!!

So, what do I do…. I start with a huge fall cleaning. Taking down all the screens and washing the windows. I am ashamed to say, this is the first time they have seen soap and water since we moved in, eight years ago….poor neglected windows. There was the closets that got reorganized. All the summer clothes put away and winter ones pulled out and size checked. The nursery got tidied up again..and then once more. I pulled out clothes that might fit our Little Dragon and put away some that would be to small. Finally, after much persistence, Mr. D and I decided to decorate the house for Halloween. I started telling him about the previous years and then the photos came out. I found these gems and thought I would share.

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Mr. D’s first Halloween as a little tiger and Ms. A is of course a princess.

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Year two…I was creative and made him a mouse and her a cat. Notice, he was quite a load and not walking yet.

Oh, the themes get even better. The next year he was Yoda and she was an attempt at a Star Wars princess.

Last year they couldn’t agree on what to be that would match, so Mr. D was a tiger and Ms. A a Greek goddess.

This year…

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He wants to be an alien spider…yeah, not sure what that is. I did manage to make a hat that he likes. Ms. A wants to be a gypsy. I spent some time and money making her a cute costume…which she shot down the minute she tried it on. I told her that’s all I have and she is on her own.

Oh, it’s starting already!

Hope everyone has a safe and candy filled month of October.

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