I hate to rush to any conclusions, here, but the adoption front doesn't look good. I only say that, because things continue to be very slow with the referral numbers and there seems to be some chatter on various blogs as to the reason why. Overall, it sounds like both the US and ET are getting pressure to be sure that all adoptions are ethical. I feel very certain that our agency does everything possible to ensure that their adoptions are ethical. Naturally my biggest fear is that they would close Ethiopia and not allow any more adoptions. Of course, I would rather them close it than to blindly allow baby trafficking, but I'm sure you all understand what I'm saying. I would assume that parents that have already been through the Ethiopian adoption process were a little afraid of the same scenario, so again, I'm not saying it is going to happen at all, but it is on my radar right now.
I must say that the title of my blog is actually a great little reminder for me in this whole uncertain process. We will just keep writing in pencil. We don't know what direction God will take us, but we are certain that we didn't make a mistake by jumping on this train to who knows where? It may mean that we have a little Ethiopian child in 6 months, or it could mean that we adopt a child from down the street in 5 years. You just never know. A couple in my parents church started an adoption in Haiti and it was going to take a LONG time to get their kids, but then the earthquake hit and within weeks they had their kids. Who knows what strange twists and turns adoption will take? I am praying that Ethiopia stays open, but ultimately, I'm praying for whoever joins our family in the future.