We're almost 7 months into our wait and I'd say it's prime time this group of waiting mommies and daddies finally met one another! When our dossier's went to China in March of this year, each family in our group was sent a list of names and phone numbers of the others in the group. For myself, I read the list over in anticipation, put it in a safe place, would occasionally pick it up and read it but never really took it any further. I think with all the delays it feels like I'm living in a time warp and somebody is pushing with all their might against the clock. I'm confident that I'm not the only one that feels that way!
Today my thoughts changed. I want to get to know these people and I hoped they felt the same.
Guess what...they did! I booked a reservation at the Mandarin Restaurant (where else?) and armed with my telephone in one hand and list of travel mates in the other, set the wheels in motion. I must admit to feeling a little apprehensive as I dialed the first number but within seconds of speaking with Anna all that was gone! She was excited that someone from the group had set something up and they're hoping to attend the dinner.
As I made my way through the list of 9 families (will be 10 including myself) I was able to contact 6 of them. Guess what...every single family had the evening of November 18th free! They still need to double check with their spouse but it looks like we'll have a great turnout for our very first meeting! I'm really quite excited about meeting the other families as we will share such a monumental time in our lives together. We don't know when our children will enter our lives but we know they will and we'll all be in a room together when they do! Can you imagine???
Everyone I spoke with was excited that we are going to have an opportunity to get to know one another and people were so thankful that something had been organized. Sounds like we have an awesome travel group!
One of the reasons I'm so thankful for the agency that God placed me with is that it is small. If I'd been in charge I'm sure I would have chosen a large agency but God knew what was best so He opened the singles slot in a smaller agency close to home. What a blessing it is and will continue to be to have all of our 10 families living within 100km of one another! It makes getting to know one another prior to travel easier and the added bonus of us keeping in touch through the years as our little girls grow.
What fun it will be when this group of people who are living their lives in slow motion during the wait enter the fast lane of parenthood together!