Observant readers will have noticed that there are only 6 children in the banner picture, but the name of the blog is “Seven on Earth.” That is not because I have been negligent in updating the picture. It is because little Pooh Bear was not allowed to have his happy smile distributed as bits across the Internet. You were missing out.
We were in one of the most difficult periods in the adoption process with little Pooh Bear: The Waiting Period. The rest of the phases involve you and your lovely bride doing something (assuming you have a lovely bride). Not so the waiting period. There is nothing to do but wait.
All of the paperwork, the background checks, the home study, the planning meetings are all over and done. The petition has been filled out, duplicated, signed, notarized and filed. Then you wait. You know it won’t get done in a couple of weeks so you can relax for the first few months. After that, every trip to the mail box is a cycle of “today could be the day” followed by “nope, not today.”
Well, today was the day. The plain, unremarkable manila envelope was in the mail box. Contained within that envelope was the paper we have waited months for. Pooh Bear’s adoption decree! The Lord has been faithful beyond our understanding, but we truly are blessed to overflowing here. We officially have seven children in our quiver now. It truly is the closest thing to heaven I can imagine. It truly is Seven on Earth.