Well, it's 2013.
Every time the date changes, it's a struggle for me. We married in very late 2006 with the intention of not using birth control, thinking that we surely would have a baby or be expecting by our one-year anniversary.
I very clearly remember being on my knees, in tears, at my in-laws' house during Christmas 2007. I so desperately wanted a child and we had not received that blessing, despite being open to receive it as soon as God would give it. Meantime, my brother-in-law and his wife were at that Christmas celebration with their baby girl...let's just say it hurt.
It's five years later....Five years in which I thought, SURELY, we would be able to conceive and have a child at some point. This has not been the case. Adoptions usually take place in less than five years; unfortunately, we were not able to start that until just this past year due to all the moving around we'd have to do.
Holidays work like that changing date - a glaring reminder that time has passed, and that desire of my heart is still not mine. I find the period after Christmas to be especially tough. We've had time with family, trying to save face when people hint about 'why we don't have kids yet', the year changes shortly after Christmas, and then there's the post-holiday withdrawal from the season, from family time, along with the scramble of unpacking/laundry/finding homes for gifts/cleaning/getting back to work.
This year, we're having an extra-difficult time with (STILL) trying to choose a child/country. To make me feel even worse, that same brother-in-law and his wife had their second child this morning. It hurts. I realize I'm being sinful and selfish, but I want to share my feelings here. Their two children are nearly six years apart in age - the same amount of time we've been married - and it's a very obvious reminder of our failure to become parents (either by birth or adoption) in that time. I saw pictures of the baby being held my his grandparents - my husband's parents - on Facebook, and my heart broke. They are the joy and center of my mother-in-law's life, and I completely fail to add to her joy.
I realize this isn't a happy post :( Please forgive me. Please keep us in your prayers, that we may soon have a decision and some direction, and that some day I will be able to read this and think, "It was worth it."