[This is a guest post by Nina, one of CMomA’s 2012 grant recipients. Her adopted child is coming from Congo. Nina’s blog entries chronicle her journey.]
There are no due dates in adoption. Ever. Even when I travel, I will use a changeable airline ticket. Every step is given a wide berth, 4 to 12 weeks, 3-6 months, 5 to 10 days. One unknown step has to end before the next begins.
What am I waiting for now? Who currently holds the key that unlocks the next door? Usually, I am not fully sure. It might be an adoption agency thing, US government, or foreign government. Some office worker may be taking his time because adoption doesn’t match his beliefs. Or, someone we will never meet may be fighting to push our paperwork through a bureaucratic obstacle course in record time. I just don’t know.
I did, however, receive a recent photo. She is absolutely beautiful. And, she is growing and looks healthy. She is very loved, that much we do know.