We just scheduled our 2 hour orientation with our adoption agency. We had already signed up for a training day which is happening the second weekend in September and had to complete the orientation first. We also just got and the official application form. Yes, that's right, the preliminary one was a breeze compared to this!
I know that it could still be months before our fingerprints come back, and I thought they would be what is holding us up but honestly, this paper work is taking way longer than I expected! I am usually someone that just bulldozes my way through it but with all the extra paper work that appeared on our plate (visa, school etc) I have let this take a bit of a back seat.
I know that the orientation and the training will bring adoption stuff back to the fore front of our minds and actions, where we want it to be, so until then I think we can work hard to get the other stuff finished and out of the way.
We celebrated our anniversary a day belated because j had been away on business until late on Monday (Although he did walk through the door with a beautiful bouquet of coloured roses in hand!). We ate at a restaurant called 50 North here in Seattle. It was beyond tasty. Oh my goodness! We do not eat out that often, especially now as we are saving to bring our baby home, but I think we try to appreciate the chance to focus on each other without distraction. We know it won't be this easy forever. We are excited to take a little one out to eat but it will be different. So until then, we appreciate what we have.
It was a special evening, and fun to relive the last couple of years. What have we learned, where have we grown, how are we different? Two years ago, we had no idea that our journey would look the way it has. We could never have dreamed we would have had the strength to walk the path that our marriage has taken. But we have. God has been shaping and molding us. Loving us each step of the way. I know He will continue to be there through the mountains of paperwork and 'to do' lists all the way to our child(ren). It feels good to let go and give all the uncertainty to him.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7