Jackie: It's been almost two years since we signed on the dotted line, taking the plunge as a family of five. But we had no idea what we were in for.
Below is the year-long journey between seeing our daughter's face in pictures and holding her in our arms forever.
When we were matched with a 7-month-old baby in Taiwan, we had no idea that with red tape and court complications, we'd still be waiting almost eight months later. With no end in sight, I got on a plane to see, firsthand, the little girl who would become our daughter. Here's my video diary of the trip that changed my life.
Four months after that heartbreaking trip, I was back on a plane. This time with my husband by my side, knowing we wouldn't go home without our daughter. But the difficulties were not over ...
The dream of having our daughter home was everything we'd ever imagined -- yet more than we ever prepared for. Her grief and loss were excruciating, her strength and courage were just remarkable. With each passing day, we all began to adjust, finally becoming the family we had dreamed of being.
Finally, after the fingerprinting and interviews, classes and countless books ... from spending her first birthday without her, writing a song for her, she was home and with us for good. Five months later, as we celebrated her second birthday, we looked back on all of the tears, joy, and laughter, knowing that while we started down this path as a family of four, we have a lifetime of discovery as an even stronger family of five.
|Jackie is a mother of three through biology and adoption. Her daily quest for balance includes lots of wine and whining (mostly hers), which she chronicles on her blog, Taiwan-On.|