July 21, 2015

The End of Ethiopian Adoptions: How it Happened

A friend of mine from the adoption world wrote this extremely well written article on Ethiopian adoptions.  Please give it a read if this is something that interests you.


The End of Ethiopian Adoptions: How it happened


Lately it feels like the fate of all international adoptions is very bleak.  Just today another agency in Canada has closed their doors to all international adoptions.  If only a few are completed each year, it just doesn't seem like an adoption agency can afford to keep their doors open anymore.  

Lesotho news?  Well, we weren't matched at the last meeting in June but we're not giving up hope yet!  There are so many genuine orphans in Lesotho that need homes and we are waiting and waiting to be a child's family! We've officially had our file in country for one year.  I'm hopeful this next year will be it.





March 28, 2015

still waiting...

I was trying hard to not think about the upcoming matching meeting at the end of this month.

I tried really hard.

but then I saw this viral video




and then I went to see this movie



and then Beautiful Gate in Lesotho posts pictures like this...

















and my heart just kept thinking about the little person/people out there waiting for a family...


But then we got the surprising email from our agency just this week that the meeting was called on short notice earlier in the month and we were not matched.  Sigh.... it was quite shocking but in a way it is better than dragging out waiting for the results and feeling like this could be it for the next two weeks.  So now we wait again.

Till the next meeting 3 months from now...

January 25, 2015

No match

Well, we finally got word that we were not matched on the December 12th meeting.  It was a lot of weeks of waiting and thinking and I even started what felt like nesting at one point!

At first the meeting was scheduled for December  5th.  The night before a matching meeting has you checking what the current time in Lesotho is and basically falling asleep praying for the meeting as you know it will be happening sometime while you sleep!  Then come the days of waiting to hear the news.

But unfortunately we got the email that the meeting didn't happen at all because of paperwork!   I pretty  much expect stuff like this to happen but it is still disappointing every time.

After that, we have received word that things in the passport office (where they also print out birth certificates) were moving again and the meeting was to be held on the 12th.    Well, only one match was made out of all four countries/four agencies, and that match went to someone from our agency.  I believe it was for a single child.

So there you have it!  If adoptions continue to move at this slow of a rate (one match per meeting) it will be years before we bring home another child!!!

The next meeting is scheduled for the end of March......



So thankful for a trip to Hawaii to celebrate our 10 year anniversary after Christmas!  
Definitely helps time fly by.



November 5, 2014

update!

Wow, this is a very overdue update.  As you probably guessed we were not matched at the last matching meeting that was held during all the political unrest.  Surprisingly, no Canadian families were matched that time.  I'm not sure if this has happened before but only families from the other three countries were chosen.  We just received news last week that another matching meeting has been set!

November 28th!  So, we have a new date in our hearts and minds.  New hope.

On my birthday a couple weeks ago I woke up and turned my computer on and saw an update on the Beautiful Gate Facebook page welcoming one month old boy girl twins!  My heart literally leaped.  I immediately asked God, "Is this my birthday gift from you?  Seeing a picture of my future son and daughter?!"

I'm only writing this down on here in some bizarre for me act of faith in the hopes that if it is to be true I will be able to go back and read this blog entry and remember!!!

Oh those babies were so precious sleeping side by side in their cribs…

In reality, I don't even know if those two are adoptable.  And if they are, Lesotho has a 5 month policy where the orphanage must search for birth family and make sure no one else from their family could come forward and raise them.  I think this policy is actually quite amazing and even though it means we wouldn't be matched for a long time I am somehow okay with it all.

Okay, back to reality.  I promise to update again soon!


September 1, 2014

Political Unrest

So our stable and peaceful country in Africa has now been in the news…. a lot...over the weekend.  It doesn't sound good.  If you haven't heard you can read this article Lesotho in Limbo.

 One of the orphanages that I am "friends" with on Facebook has been giving updates on the political unrest as well and it has all of us waiting parents very worried.  Anyone in the adoption world knows that when a Prime Minister flees to South Africa because of a coup that this could also mean the entire adoption program at best could be put on hold, or at worst be stopped altogether.
I am really trying hard to hope that South Africa can intervene and help solve this crisis as soon as possible.  I can't imagine how scary it would be to be a police officer in Maseru right now.  People are literally breaking into their homes and stealing their uniforms and weapons.

All of this has also happened just after we received word from our agency that the matching meeting (long overdue) was going to be held on Friday the 29th.  Well, it appears the coup started that night…. so I'm not sure if the government workers even met that day.

Hopefully I will have an update soon.  I had felt so positive on Friday but now I'm not feeling so good.