I fully sat down today with the intent of making an update about the adoption workshop we attended yesterday. But I also have a bit of good news to add to this. We have received word from the Agency that our Log-In Date came today. Our date: the 4th of November 2009.
The Agency sent along a travel guide as well with information about China and what to expect when we travel - rather silly since we are facing a three year wait for our referral to a child. But the fifty pages will give me thirty minutes or so of reading, that should make a dent in the wait right?
So, about the workshop yesterday at the Jewish Family Services office. It was an informative event though a bit on the doom and gloom side with the experts cautioning the prospective parents to expect the absolute worst in terms of development and behavior. Which was rather sad since we did get talking with other people who were just starting to consider adoption. Andrew and I referred them to some other, more positive, resources on the subject of adoption.
The highlight of yesterdays event though was the near smack-down an adorable set of twins (adopted from China) had over a cup of pretzels. They were the image of sugar and spice, all smiles and coy looks. Until one went for the others pretzels, but dad whisked one of them off before matters got worse.
So - the big wait begins. But the blog won't be silent, I'll be making regular updates on things. We will be able to see the process of our dossier each month as it moves through the CCAA. And in addition to that I'm going to be learning Mandarin and we will be experimenting with cooking traditional Chinese dishes. I know from other couples who have gone through this wait that we need to find things to do in order to keep our sanity.