After awhile all of the different forms and requirements feel tedious in the adoption process, but they are each necessary. As we’ve scheduled doctors appointments, finger printing, FBI background checks, written biographies (and that is just scratching the surface) each step has been both eye opening and encouraging. A little at a time, we are making some headway.
I have newfound empathy for my daughter who wants to know the fate of the Ingalls family (in particular, “Who does Laura marry?”) in chapter one of Little House on the Prairie. We continue to tell her that she has to be patient, that with each chapter she will know more than she did before and be closer to the conclusion. A little at a time we make headway into the life of Laura. I’ve been preaching that same message to myself. “A little at a time we are making headway…just keep going and be patient.”
Few things of value happen quickly. Adoption, understanding the Word of God, or even improving my cooking skills (God help me and our family) take time and effort. If we were to let Charlotte skip to the end she’d miss the character building, the details, the beauty of the narrative coming alive. I have a sense that it would be the same for us if they simply placed a child in our arms. I’m choosing to value the process and obviously the end goal.
As we make headway, one box that we got to check off in our process was the CPR/First Aid Certification. Honestly, the class was actually fun. Our teacher was passionate, concise, and provided us with hands on experience rather than simply inserting a boring video. Thank you Adrian! Even Charlotte took part in the class and learned the thirty compressions and two breaths cycle as we played “pass the mannequin” to simulate CPR with an adult, child, and infant. We got to introduce her to the BeGees song “Staying Alive” (#winning). In case you didn’t know, that is the rhythm of the compressions in CPR. We were also taught how to relieve choking* and give first aid, so we’re pretty much doctors.
We are soon to write our “Letter to the Birth Mom” and finish our Family Photo Album. Please pray for use as we press on!
*Side Note: The man who invented the Heimlich maneuver recently used it to save a woman at his nursing home (#dontwasteyourlife).