"In My Daughter's Room"

Waiting to adopt can be a painstakingly long process. One mother passed the time by meticulously decorating her daughter's room.

Waiting to adopt.
Of all the rooms in our house, our daughter’s has always been my favorite. This particular nook in our very old New England farmhouse has a knee-walk running the length of it, odd windows, and funny angles. Years ago, while we anxiously awaited news of progress on our adoption, I got to know this space intimately, inch by inch. I spent a great deal of time making this room ready. It became my refuge, something tangible I could get my ...

The wait seemed endless. To fill the days — and focus my hopes — I painted, sanded, stenciled, and gradually gave shape to our baby’s place in our home.

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