Adoption is a roller coaster, and I don't mean the good kind. The adoption process is a funny one - you have a major flurry of activity early on. During this time you feel like you're moving forward and good things are happening. Fingerprints? Check! Marriage Certificates? Check! Criminal Background Check? Check!
Then the wait begins and months of no news descend upon you - no monthly checkups, no progress charts to refer to, no updates of any kind - just waaaaiting. Eventually, you get your referral and you are soooo excited! Things are happening again! In our case, we received our referral and were immediately tasked with sending a care package, so we really felt like things were happening.
Then the really tough wait began. And, unlike the wait for referral, the estimated time to travel was, has been and is a lot less predictable. Unlike pregnancy, where you have a pretty good idea of when the baby will show up (and you certainly know it won't be longer than nine months!!), we have no idea whether we will wait another week or another six months before we next receive any news. Roller coaster indeed.