I've been very shy about actually saying it out loud, but now that we've officially completed the paperwork, and done the home-study, and met all of the other requirements, I think I can tell you: Andy and I are hoping to adopt a baby girl. To say we are excited doesn't really even begin to describe our feelings; for once I am pretty much speechless. We have wanted to be parents for . . . ever. Our road to parenthood has been filled with puzzling twists, unmarked trails, and lost breadcrumbs. But it has led us here, to this bright clearing that, in its own strange, special way, feels like somewhere we were always meant to come.
Somewhere else, someone is traveling her own winding path toward us, I know. We wish her safe journey, and wait (on our little patch of meadow) to see her through the trees.