According to the Chinese calendar I was born in the year of the Rat. Chip in the year of the Dog. If all goes well, the stars be aligned and the fat lady sings, our child will be born in the year of the Snake. We've been researching, filling out paperwork, going to classes and filling out more paperwork all to bing us to this moment. We are very hopeful that 2013 will bring us our first child.
Our current status reads that we will be soon listed with an agency in Florida. We are listing with an agency in the South because the need for adoptive parents is high thus we'll hopefully have a placement sooner. Heart of Adoption came as a recommendation from a couple we met through our social worker and we were encouraged to find out they placed with four gay couples in 2012. We have great hope that we'll be a part of their 2013 statistics.
Our next steps at home include painting a bedroom, repurposing an armoire and beginning to make a list of things we'll be needing and looking for. We are very grateful for the beautiful letters of recommendation that helped us start this process. And we're finding out gratitude carried through as we continue to receive such positive support from our friends and families. This has been a long journey so far and we're expecting to have a bit of trek in front of us yet.
I can't begin to share the emotions that stir daily as our process continues. I'm sure there is a word for it, but it escapes me ... However, it is best summed up by the look on our faces anytime the topic is brought up and we're allowed to share our current chapter in this story. Stay tuned...