Why 2010 is Stupid

So far 2010 is not my favorite year. I had much different plans for how it was going to go, and what it would look like so far. Most of those plans had to do with our Taiwan adoption, and how things would go oh, so perfectly.

We found out right before Christmas that there may be some issues with our orphanage/agency in Taiwan. During a conference call in January, right after Christmas, we were told that, yes, delays are likely, and that they would let us know in February something definite, so that families who are still waiting could start to make decisions. Basically, what it looks like right now is that there will be delays, which they are saying will be 6-8 months, but that our orphanage will not be closing down, they will just be implementing some changes.

One of the questions we have heard so much from people is why don’t we just switch to another country? Everyone knows someone who’s adoption from Korea, or Vietnam, or any other country really, that went “super fast”.
The answer is no, not really. We could, if things went south with our orphanage, find another country, or orphanage, however, in adoption you don’t just switch around, and no adoption is “super fast”. There are always unknowns, and ups and downs. Also, if we did switch, we would be starting over. At the beginning. With an 18-36 month wait. And we would need to switch ALL paperwork over. No thank you!
When a family signs on with an adoption agency, they sign on with a specific country, and they wait. Sometimes they wait, and wait, and wait. And that is where we are at. We trust our adoption agency, and we know that we are in good hands with them. We are quite close to the front of the line, and once our orphanage starts referring children to families again, we are confident that things will move quickly. Also, we are not the only ones waiting. There are some families who have been waiting much longer than we have, and our hearts go out to them.
For now, we wait, and we focus on doing things that we enjoy, and making 2010 a better year than it started out to be!


  1. Anonymous on January 18, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Oh, Joanna! I don't know what to say except UGH!

  2. celine on January 20, 2010 at 4:10 am

    I'm sorry, Joanna. That really, really stinks. I'm sad for you guys.

  3. Stacey on January 21, 2010 at 3:19 am

    I'll continue to pray for your adoption process- And try to keep your head up. It will soon be all worth it!

  4. Beth on January 24, 2010 at 5:11 am

    I'm thinking of you during this \”hiccup\”. I'm SO hoping that it won't really be 6-8 months for those of you waiting. HUGS!!!!

  5. Katie on August 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I saw one of your posts on an adoption forum and I've been reading through your blog for the last 15 minutes or so and then came upon this post. Haha- funny how God works and 2010 isn't so stupid after all. Because you're in China right now with your daughter!!! So happy for you. We are in the process to adopt a little boy from China. Just paperchasing at this point. Enjoy your new little one!

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