We made it without a hitch & got to hear some interesting news about international adoption. Not all of it was pleasant. We found out a lot of countries - the age limit is 43! Well, Ricky is 45 so that knocked us out of one of the places we were looking at - Korea. No exceptions on the age restrictions!
Then we move onto China - & we find they have put on some CRAZY new laws about their restrictions. You have to make so much money per person in your family, you have to have a certain amount of dollar amount in assets, you even have to have your BMI (Body Mass Index) checked & you have to fit on the scale - (OH GREAT!)! We're good though in all those fields - but now, they wont let you be eligible if you have a "Chronic condition" - we're not sure exactly what the whole thing means - but if you even have diabetes, you wouldnt be considered - isn't that crazy? Would Ricky's Barrett's be something that is considered "Chronic" - or some meds I'm on for my stomach - is that considered a no-no! It was just shocking of all the new news we received.
The other place we were talking about was Gautemala - but we found out they are having problems with their government laws that affect the US - & apparently everything will change as of January so they dont even recommend starting that process until everything is known - which is smart - but again, frustrating.
The best part - they had a lady come in with her baby, David, whom she just adopted this past year from Guatemala & she told of her experience. I'm not sure I heard much of what she had to say - I was playing with the baby the whole time! OHH - what an angel - he was 18 months old! That new mom & her son - they were a perfect fit for each other - as I'm finding out it works with the families that find their child on the other side of the world.
So we came away with tons of information - some good, some bad - some just to think about. It was a nice trip home though - we got to stop at "Cheeseburger Paradise" & I love to try some place new. We also found the most awesome Christian book store on the way home - I spent over an hour in there!
So - now, we just pray - not sure what we do next - not sure of the whole adoption process - just trying to listen to what God wants us to do - & trying to block out all the bad. Not sure where it will lead us. This whole "trusting" thing can be really hard.....