"The Small Things That Count"

You have to surrender a sense of control during the adoption process, as I found when we faced a delay we never expected.

My husband and I began the process of adopting from South Korea feeling confident and optimistic. "We're both lawyers," we reasoned. "Surely we can fill out and assemble paperwork." We had researched transcultural adoption extensively and knew it was the right route for us. Moreover, we were not even first-time parents. We had a two-year-old son by birth, one whose severe colic had taught us about the patience required to be a parent. Still, warnings rolled in from well-meaning family ...

As we marched through the approval process, my nerve was steady, my spirits high. But my fingertips failed me.

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