Adoption Certification

Of all the significant dates in our lives, I will mark today on the calendar!

For the last 5 months, we’ve been waiting for our adoption certification. According to the law, 90 days is the maximum wait before the Arizona court has to certify applicants as acceptable or deny their request to adopt.
Well...90 days went by without a word and our adoption specialist started to inquire. Secretly, I wondered if a lack of response meant that we were denied, but I was assured that either way, we should have an answer. Every day, I tried to put the issue out of my mind (“A watched pot never boils” right?). With much difficulty, I hardly spoke about it, always thought about it, and never prayed about it.

When 130 days passed, my husband decided to ask the adoptions unit directly. He was informed that the court doesn’t give out information by phone and was told to send an email. Slow slow slow was the process. 

Driving to work this morning, I finally threw the worries of my heart into a prayer to Heavenly Father. I said something like, “I am trying to be patient, Father. If this isn’t working out, I know you have a reason for that... But I can’t wait anymore. We are already waiting to have a baby; we will wait to be chosen; we will wait for placement. I know this isn’t the end of our waiting, but I need this to be the end of waiting for this.”

One more time, I asked my husband to follow up with the court. A few hours later, he texted me back, “Check yo email fool.”

Heart thumping, I opened a forwarded message: “Here is a copy of the order attached, please let me know if you need anything further, thank you”. After scrolling down, there was an attachment: "It is ordered certifying the above named applicant as acceptable to adopt children pursuant to the laws of the State of Arizona."
Honestly, so unexpected and nonchalant were the words of the email and attachment that I had to ask our adoption specialist for clarification.

Finally, after 5 months of something beyond patience (maybe endurance?), it feels soooo good to announce... WE ARE CERTIFIED TO ADOPT!

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