Because a six month difference is required between the time both children enter our home, we know that we cannot possibly receive a referral from Ethiopia until at least February 2015. Our baby girl will be here in 12 weeks! She will be six months old in February.
Based on estimated wait times for our adoption, February would still be early for us to receive a referral for our son. By then, our paperwork will have been in Ethiopia for 15 months. We were given an estimation of 24-30 months once our paperwork arrived, but we know God is not restrained by time. We also know that He could have a longer wait time in store for us. By February 2015, it will be two years since we began our adoption journey and since we began praying for our little boy. We will continue waiting and praying until God orchestrates the events that will allow us to bring him home.
As I stare at my ever-expanding belly, I can't help but think about our son. Because we have requested a boy between 0 and 3 years old, it is impossible to know many details at this point. Is someone else's belling growing with him right now too? Maybe. Has he already been born? Maybe. When we pray for him, are we really praying for a man and a woman who have not met yet? Maybe. As I feel baby girl's little kicks, I can't help but wonder: Will she have a protective older brother? Or will she be a loving big sister? Will our children end up being in the same grade?
We are looking forward to the day when these questions will be answered, as we know that God already has it prepared for us. We absolutely cannot wait to see how He works it all out! We thank Him for these blessings, and we continue to pray for our son and our daughter.