Was it helpful? Over all I would say yes but there were aspects that I thought could have been extremely better. I know we made some great connections with other families who are in the same place we are right now and I am looking forward to their friendships continuing in the future.
One thing that I took home was the fact that we are now a minority family. We are not a caucasian family but a transracial family from here on out. We will look and act different than what we were before. This is something that my extended family with have to deal with too. But I want to stress that whenever you add a member to your family...you create a new family identity.
The paperwork is going to ....stink! I wanted to use another word to describe it, but refrained myself. My life has never been so completely invaded by complete strangers in my life. Questions up the wazoo with the never ending..."what is your philosophy..." and a stranger is going to be able to meet us twice and come into our home once and decide if we would make good adoptive parents. (I completely understand why they have to do it, but the process just takes so long that it is frustrating.)
I am so looking forward to the day when I can meet our children...my heart longs for them, but God is calling me to a long season of patience endurance and it is going to be well worth the wait.
I have paper over load because I think we took home a whole tree of paper!