Another big question we get is about time- when do we bring home the little cutie and why does it take so long?
Right now, we are in the “waiting for Thai approval” phase- which is anywhere from 6-10 months it sounds like. We began this phase in October when we submitted our dossier (all that paperwork you hear about) along with our joyful acceptance of our match to our son. I imagine this takes a while because there is a mound of paperwork that someone probably has to translate, then who knows how many people have to read it! The Thai government meets regularly to discuss all adoptions and we just hope they get to ours fast!After we receive this approval, we will get a travel date with our “gotcha” date within a few days! It’s supposed to be 1-3 months after approval.
It’s crazy to think about what “gotcha” day will be like. In my dreams it was always this glorious slow-motion moment where a door opens and he comes running out into our arms and we kiss him and hug him and everything is perfect. Back to reality, I imagine it will be more like me blubbering and crying, Eric keeping it together as to not scare the little guy, and our son not quite realizing who these crazy people are that seem quite obsessed with him. However it goes, it will be perfect.
That day can’t come fast enough. I so badly want to hold him and smell his little head (and all that hair!) and tell him that we are going to love him forever. I want to hold his little hands and tickle his belly. I want to watch, with tears pooling in my eyes, as Eric hoists him up onto his shoulders and gives him the best view in the house. But for now, I’ll just keep praying that he is being loved and cared for by his foster mom, Kanda, that the Lord is keeping him safe and healthy, and for God to give us a little more patience.
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”
1 Peter 1:6 NLT