Winter, winter at our house…and summer, summer just three hours down the interstate:
(Steevenson and my Uncle Rick, who was visiting from Minnesota)
And speaking of that little cutie…Steevenson has been home for 17 months, y’all. SEVENTEEN MONTHS. 😳 Talk about time flying! Zoooom! 💨
The Haitian adoption process may be longer than a lot of others (mostly because they are a developing country with fewer resources & staff), but at 17 months into our process, we knew exactly who our baby was. We knew his face and his name…and that he was going to be our son.
17 months later, we had already been invited to visit and bond with him twice and had a third trip in the works. Our plane tickets were already purchased and we celebrated his birthday with him a month later.
17 months after that, he had already been home for seven months. He already had been speaking English for five months and he had already been in pre-school for four months. We had (clunkily) settled into our new norm, and life felt a whole lot lovelier because we got through a really scary thing together.
I often hear from folks who message me saying they would, “love to take a couple Haitian babies home if the process was easier and didn’t take so long”.
I’m always compelled to share with them that those are actually two really important reasons why someone may want to pray even more specifically about adopting a child from Haiti if they are serious about international adoption. Here’s why:
At the beginning of our journey to Steevenson, we learned that Haiti is often immediately crossed off most people’s “international adoption options” list only because the process is often more lengthy and unstable compared to others. Obviously, God calls us all in different directions, and for some, the length and stability of a program is a crucial and key deciding factor for various reasons, but man did that info bum me out. But at the same time, man did God get my attention with it! 😀
I get it though. There are SO many countries and kiddos to pray about when you’re researching and praying about all the options in the beginning. And, of course, we want to love and care for our child as *soon* as we possibly can. Thankfully, God is there to guide us as we go, no matter how long or short the process, but since I do get so many messages from folks who say they would “love to adopt a child from Haiti”, but don’t because “it takes too long”, I just felt compelled to encourage those of you who might truly be feeling called to the road less traveled. It may be bumpier, curvier and stretch out waaay past your comfort zone (or even your “patience zone”), but it may also lead to your baby…and he or she is definitely worth the wild ride!
It’s really just a blip any way. Because looking back at a Haiti adoption adventure, time truly does fly…and looking forward, there’s a son or daughter looking back through time for you.
And take it from me, that lengthier, more mysterious time line ain’t got nothin’ on your determination to find your family…and as you travel through time to do it, all you have to do is turn back around to see right through it.