One of the things we’ve enjoyed with blogging about our adoption journey has been the interaction we’ve been able to have with other families who are adopting. In fact, several comments on the blog were posted by people who are on their own adoption journey.
Our adoption journey began 14 months ago with a series of group sessions with our homestudy agency, with five other couples. We wrote about it in our first adoption-related post.
We’ve kept in contact with another couple from our adoption group, Brandy and Ben (Brandy has posted a couple comments on our blog, here and here). We just heard that they’re traveling to Guatemala on Monday (3/10) to pick up a 7.5-month-old baby girl. Please remember them as they travel to Guatemala on Monday and return on Saturday.
Undoubtedly, every trip is a different experience. And the challenges related to the way each country does things are different as well. Korea’s program is pretty smooth, compared to many other countries/programs. Brandy and Ben’s process up to this point has been a roller coaster. In fact, after they received their referral, adoptions from Guatemala were put on hold, and they didn’t know if/when they’d ever be able to go and get their daughter. Thankfully, they are able to go now. Pray that the remainder of their process goes as smoothly as possible!
As we understand it, Ben and Brandy will receive their child about two hours after landing in country and will have their baby girl the entire time they are in Guatemala. They hope to do some site-seeing while they are there, but a lot of their plans may very well depend on how the baby is handling the transition (we know what that’s like!).
Of course, their trip reminds us of our own trip. We’re grateful for our experience to/in/from Korea; it was an experience we’ll never forget. We trust the same will be true for Brandy and Ben as well!