I saw this journal last week and just had to pick it up. However, my mom was with me too and and said she would like to present it as our first gift on our adoption journey! It's a cute little journal that says "Give thanks for the unknown blessings already on their way". Then in the corner it says "dream". How fitting. I was teary eyed on the spot. My plan is to chronicle little events that happen, and hopefully keep dates and notes in there to show our child.
It was nice to get something tangible as a reminder that someday this WILL really happen. The process has been moving so slow that sometimes I wonder if we will ever meet our little girl (?) and it's hard. Our homestudy review was completed over a week ago so I was hoping to hear some feedback from the agency that we could move forward. I DID hear from the agency, but only to say that it could take up to 4 weeks for the draft to be reviewed and approved. I also heard that lately, the FBI prints (stating that we have "no records" for our dossier) has been taking up to 12 weeks. That puts us all the way into September. I'm not complaining because we were prepared for this, but it's still hard on a mommy's heart to wait for a child they have been dreaming about and praying for! Right now it still seems like we are on mile 1 of a marathon. There are still lots of uphill miles and unexpected turns to come, but I know that anything worth having always takes work, and it's always worth it. :)