this past week has been filled with ups and downs for our adoption process. not really downs...but just new parts and regulations...and that always makes me feel a little confused and overwhelmed. everything is still great...it's just that international adoption seems to always be changing and evolving and we just have to try and stay on top of understanding it all.
the happy news is that at least 7 referrals were given out last week! so that means we are AT LEAST number 27....and I think we are less. our agency has decided to no longer give out actual wait list numbers. the reason behind this is that they don't really go in order to match children with families. they match the children based on what child they feel will be the best fit for each specific family. they are giving us time lines and keeping us updated, and so we still feel like we know where we are in the line up. I think I am still going to make up numbers and take pictures of them...just for fun! who doesn't like a count down?!
SO. good, happy things are happening for holt families and we are so thankful to see children being matched with families. it has been so slow going the last few months and a big batch of referrals was very encouraging.
also. I've been meaning to post pictures of this special Christmas present since I received it...
story people. we both cried a little when she gave it to me (along with the books E is for Ethiopia and the colors of us!!). whenever I am feeling a little down or missing the baby boy I don't even know...this beautiful piece of art always cheers me up.
and thanks to all of you commenters and readers...I so appreciate your prayers and encouragement and words and love.