The Waiting Game

We are patiently waiting for a phone call from our caseworker.  Okay… it’s probably more like obsessively staring at my phone and willing our agency to call.

Ethiopia has been experiencing some changes and we will definitely  wait a bit longer for our little one.  However, nothing, I repeat nothing is closing or halting adoption in Ethiopia at this time.  There are no current concerns about Ethiopia closing to adoptions, it’s just going to take longer.  I feel good about that, but not this wait.  Here is my transparent statement of the day: I hate this.

This post is not a rant.  In fact, I feel more committed to Ethiopia than ever.  I just want you to know things will take longer, we aren’t going to switch countries and this is not going to be fun.  I have confidence, however, that a year from now we will look back and say “Okay God, now we understand why all that happened.”  I’ve always been a forward thinker so I find comfort in knowing that Someday I’ll say those words.  For now it’s time to focus on the present.  Thank you God for what you’re teaching us now, and by the way, if it’s not too much trouble, it would be really awesome if we got a call this week.

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Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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  • When we were waiting for the “call” and were #1 on the list for our referral, the tragedy of 9/11 happened. We went from first to twentieth on the waiting list and to an unknown wait time. However, we adopted the child God meant for us….and his paperwork was not ready when we were #1 on the list. I remember how difficult it was to wait and wait. But I am confident that you will one day have that same story of God’s goodness when you look at your new son and see that THIS child is who you were waiting for. Your family will be in my prayers. I miss seeing you at Java Central on Saturdays!

  • I could tell you were “typing seriously” this morning. And yes, you are SO right about God’s timing. There were lots of changes while we were waiting for our Macy. Changing countries didn’t even cross our minds…just made us more determined to get our child home. And once you are home with sweet Liam….NONE of this is going to matter. It amazes me how quickly the agony of the wait fades once that kid is in your arms.
    Love you and praying for you!


  • I feel for ya sweetie…can imagine how frustrating it all is and as much as we know that God is in control and He is teaching us the human in us still gets frustrated/worried. Thankfully, we have an understanding, loving God who see us through all these times. and, yep, you’ll be looking back on this in a while smiling with understanding of why. Praying for yall.

    • So good to hear from you Candace! Going to call and catch up with you soon, it’s been too long and now it’s almost time for little H to make her appearance!

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