Monday, May 03, 2010

Now I lay me down to sleep....

But before I do, I have to put it out there. I really like my job. There have been times the past few months that I did NOT like my job and really prayed about my future. But I like it, mostly because I work with the best families in the world of adoption. I really believe that. I think there's something about Ghana that draws great families, and something about the agency I work for that draws even greater families. Ghana families aren't the "spoiled" families who adopt from quick and easy countries. They are hardy people that are ready to fight hard for their kids from the very beginning. I am blessed by them every day. Hardly a day goes by when I don't have someone tell me "thank you" or "I'm praying for you." How many jobs come with benefits like that?! [Not that I exepct thank yous and prayers, but I'll never turn them down!]

Anita....who is headed to bed record-early tonight.


Renee 7:08 AM  

You are the most amazing adoption coordinator ever. Just my little opinion ;o)

Mary Ellyn 7:10 PM  

Curious -- what countries are you thinking are easy?

A. Gillispie 7:30 PM  

ME, I think all international adoptions are much more difficult than they were 5 years ago. But with that aside, a country where you just travel once for a few days at the end, or can have an escort bring the child to you seems pretty "easy." A country where you can receive the referral of a very young child within 6-9 months seems pretty "easy." A country where you can stay in the capitol at a 5 star hotel seems pretty "easy." Ghana isn't any of those things at this point. Not easy.

Mary Ellyn 8:06 PM  

I guess what hit me wrong was saying a family was 'spoiled' for the choice they made. International adoption is not for the faint hearted in my opinion. Granted some countries make the traveler more comfortable. Each country presents with its own challenges.

Russia requires 3 trips now and the cost is extraordinary -- $35,000 on average.

A. Gillispie 8:18 PM  

Sorry the "spoiled" word offended you. I think that some families don't know how easy they have it compared to families that adopt from more difficult countries. Ghana is easy compared to other countries out there. Ghana families are "spoiled" compared to families who have to live in country for months in order to adopt.

Mary Ellyn 8:36 PM  

Those who might be considered "spoiled" are the fertile couples who have no problems getting pregnant and have uncomplicated pregnancies that are paid for my insurance and they drive across to spend 48 hours in the hospital. They are blessed, but I wouldn't trade my journey to Russia for anything -- that's the only way Alex could join our family. I know most adoptive families feel the same way as I do.

Keep up your hard work for the families going to Ghana.