Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Waiting is the Hardest Part:{Free-Printable}


   I decided to design this printable because it really depicts how I have been feeling lately.  Those that follow my blog know that I have been planning an adoption party.  It’s one that I have dreamed of for so long, yet we still have no date set for it.  There is one simple reason for this: a single piece of paper.  The adoption I am referring to is the adoption of my foster child.  She is my only child, and I have always treated her as my own, even if she wasn’t legally mine - yet.   She came to us when she was only a few months old and we are the only family that she can really remember.  We are finally almost in the home stretch where we can start the adoption, but are just waiting for one little piece of the puzzle to be signed.  It’s something that seems so simple to me and is the only thing standing in the way.  All parties are in agreement of her adoption by us, but due to state-to-state issues that I will never understand, we are having a hard time getting some very important paperwork signed  that will let us proceed. 
   I suppose this story would be so much cooler if I talked about all the many obstacles I have had to overcome in awaiting this adoption.  But it was never like that.  Well, maybe a little.  From the beginning many people said not to get attached and to “guard my heart”.  Several people said she would most likely go back to her birthparents. But from the very beginning, I felt God telling me that she was our child, granted to us from the Lord, knowing that we were unable to have children of our own.   I have since met her birthmother and she has given me her blessing and I am truly thankful for the strength that she had to make that decision and to entrust me with her daughter.   I have not met her birthfather, but all sources indicate his “blessing”.   The adoption is inevitable, but quite frankly the waiting is making me absolutely crazy.   It really is the hardest part.  I know someday I will look back and laugh on these times, I just hope it’s someday really soon.
   So I decided to put my feelings to work in art.  From a Tom Petty favorite “The Waiting is the Hardest Part”.  For me it truly is.

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12 comments:

  1. May the wait be almost over! Love that you have been planning the adoption party this whole time with no known date...just trusting in His timing. What a party it will be!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I hope the wait is almost over soon too!

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  2. Hang in there Natalie! It took me 5 years and a huge battle to adopt my 2 foster kids as a single parent! I thought it would never happen...but it did! Most awesome thing ever!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement! It means so much to hear success stories from other foster parents.

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  3. God bless you! That is one incredible gift to give a child! A good friend of mine did the same with 2 boys and it has changed her life for the better. No matter how God gives you a child, it is a blessing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope things go smoothly and time goes quickly!

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  4. I'm a birthmom but I do have several friends who are waiting to adopt. I'm going to pass this along to them - maybe it will give them some hope too. Hugs!

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    1. I would love for you to pass this along to them! Thanks!

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  5. Good Thoughts and Prayers going up! :)

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  6. We have adopted 4 times from foster care and currently have a sibling group of 2 we are fostering. The wait is soooo difficult but definitely worth it. Good luck to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks so much for the encouraging words!

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