Thursday, November 02, 2006

World Travelers Redux

I'm not sure if other bloggers do this, but I've gone back to re-read older posts a few times. It's only been a couple of weeks, and so far I'm pretty happy with what I've written. No one's really complained yet, but I want to revisit the title of an older post - World Travelers.

It's not that there's anything wrong with what I wrote, but the title leaves a false impression. Actually, it's something for us to be careful about. IMO, we really should not choose our adoption country based on the 1 time travel that's necessary to go get our daughter. For instance - the fact that China requires 2 weeks of travel and Guatemala requires only 1 should not be a factor. Having a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Great Wall should not be a point for China.

What I'm trying to say is - we didn't choose international because we thought it would be fun to travel to an exotic place, and the travel requirements between the 2 countries will not be large factors in our decision.

With that said - who could possibly choose between these 2 amazing countries based on travel anyway!!!

So, what are legitimate considerations? Well, I'm not really sure yet. I suppose it makes sense to consider the time tables. In other words - which direction will match us with our baby more quickly? Which process seems to be the most streamlined and reliable? Just our luck, initial analysis shows these 2 to be split between the 2 countries!!!!

Tens of thousands of babies are adopted from China each year, so the process is well known. I'm betting just about everyone knows someone, worships with someone, or works with someone who's been involved in an adoption from China.

On the other hand, Guatemala continues to struggle with poverty, so the need for adoptive parents grows. This means the time-table for matching parent and child is on the shorter end of the spectrum.

So where do we go from here? We'll keep praying (and hopefully you will too). We hope to find our way within the next couple of weeks.


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