I’ve waited a long time to post about this because I really didn’t know what I wanted to say. Now that we are nearing the end of the process I figured it was as good of a time as any to share a little bit.
If you would like to read about the whole process then please head on over to our adoption blog where we posted a lot of good information.
The short version is that after mountains of paperwork, and a seemingly endless wait, we have finally been paired with a child from China. The name we have given him is Ty Drechsel Lynn. He is about three and a half years old, and has some developmental delays that seem to have been improving since he has been in his orphanage.
I can’t even begin to tell you about the range of emotions that Crash Aunt and I have experienced over the last eight months. There have been periods of tremendous amounts of excitement followed by months of anxiously waiting for paperwork to get approved. In some ways it is like having your own biological child with all of the waiting, but on the other hand there is even more uncertainty as you wait to see the age, gender, and special needs that you know your child will have.
While we have been confident in our decision since the day we started, there have been plenty of days where the uncertainty just starts to wear on you. At the same time, it is amazing how quickly a lot of that stress just fell away once we were paired with our new son.
It actually still trips me out a little when I type those words, our new son. We have three kids already that each have their own unique arrival story, and Ty is no different than them, it is just an even more unique story. I think part of the challenge has been the lack of physical change in preparation for his arrival. With our other kids you could see the physical change in my wife that showed how close we were getting. In this case the only physical changes have been with paperwork and the shrinking of our bank account.
Even with all of the challenges we have faced, and the seemingly never ending wait, I can honestly say that it has all been worth it. We are now about two months from bringing Ty home and I couldn’t be more excited. The thought of holding him in my arms and bringing him home just leaves me beyond words.
If you have ever considered adoption I would encourage you to go the distance and make it happen because each of these children need a special family of their own. If you have any questions about the process please feel free to ask.
If you would like to contribute to our adoption we are running a T-shirt fundraiser and would really appreciate the support.