Thursday, July 05, 2007

First day back to work...

after a vacation is NEVER fun! I came back to a big old stack of miscellaneous problems in my in-box. Vacations would be much more fun if you could come back and pick up right were you left off. I know...dream on!

Christine and I had a really nice time in California. We were house and dog sitting for a friend of hers who lives in Encinitas about 5 minutes from the beach. We were there five full days and spent plenty of time lounging at the beach. We also went to Sea World, which is a nice park but I wouldn't go again in the summer...too hot and too little shade. We had Christine's teen-age son and girl friend with us, so I got a glimpse into the world of parenting a teen-ager. All I can say is I wish Lauren could stay little forever! It's sad when they get older and it's no longer cool to be around mom.

Here's a shot of Christine, her son, Colton, and his girlfriend, Alex...


and here's Christine's furbaby, Ruby, who came along with us and sat on my lap when Christine was driving...



I was pretty much detached from Blogville while on vacation, except for the occasional wi-fi signal I would get at the house. It's no fun to come back to the news that referrals are on the way and the word is out that they only got through November 14th. That means they only matched a measly seven days of LID's since last month! Since the last two batches were six days each and the one before that was two days, I think that pretty much cements the idea that it will take them two more months to get through the rest of November. So, it won't be until September that we see families with an early December 2005 LID get their referral and it may not be until November or December until all of December 2005 is matched. At that point, the wait will officially be 2 years! Pretty depressing, huh? When we applied to adopt, I had just turned 41 and I remember thinking that was so much older than I had always hoped for. Now, I'm turning 43 late this month and still have no light at the end of this really long tunnel. It's getting so discouraging. Sorry to be such a downer, but I'm riding the referral roller-coaster and we keep passing the exit with no way off! Ugh...let me off, I'm getting sick!

10 comments:

C.J. said...

Cute pics. I gotta be lovin' Ruby. How sweet!

I hear ya about the 2+ years. I just keep hanging on to getting there someday. I'm believing it will happen. Stinks that I don't think we're going anywhere until next summer...but we ARE going. Remember: "Mature Mommies Rock" (said just for us).

Janet said...

I'm with ya, girl! I think a lot of people are feeling that if they had just known it would take this long, they might not have started the process. But now our hearts are invested and we know our little girls are out there!

Shelley said...

Hang in there, Babe. I know it's hard!!! But it is all worth it in the end. Trust me.

Shelley said...

BTW - Great vacay! :)

Jacquie said...

Just wanted you to know that I feel your pain. I remember VIVIDLY what the wait was like. You go ahead and feel as badly as you want with no apologies.

Amy said...

Donna I am on vacation too. Right now we are at Pat's parents house in Ohio.

I thought of you on the 4th. We were at my mother's house. Every year since I was little there is a bike parade. The block off both ends of the street and kids decorate their bikes and ride up and down the street. I met a little girl, Leah, who had been adopted from China when she was 14 months. She is 21 months now. I took a picture which I can show you when I get it developed. I used old fashioned film.

Anyway, I know you will survive the process and get your happy little girl. I keep meeting other people who have completed the process. Hang in there I know it must be incredibly frustrating.

P.S. Teenagers come in many shapes and sizes and they can still be fun even though they can also be frustrating. :)

Amy

Christie said...

Girl, you KNOW I KNOW what you're feeling -

the word "bitter" comes to mind.

It's just so darn hard to get away from this process and the reality of it. Hang in there the best you can - we just all stick together and take one day at a time.

So glad you had a nice vacation!! Love the beach!

Diana said...

Donna
I just wanted to say I so feel for you. We were sooo lucky with the wait with both of our sons but even then it was to long. I know the "it will all be worth it in the end" gets so old but...it really is true. I am praying for a speed up for you.

Kim said...

I remember your pain all too well, Donna. I'm sorry...I know how miserable it is.

Hugs to you.

Kim

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Looks like you had a great vacation...
I know your pain.. And I have a long time to go..
We will get there..
Have a GREAT weekend.
Kim