Thank you to those of you who commented on my last post. It means a lot to know that people care. We wil find another country, we already have a few in mind. I have faith that it will all work out in God's timing and according to His plan. (Although I DO get rather impatient with Him sometimes.) In all honesty, I didn't actually mean to post that post here, I meant to post it on my adoption blog, but clicked on the wrong blog on my dashboard. I didn't even notice until later that evening.
In some ways having a definitive answer from China is a relief. At least that is one variable in the equation that is taken out. The wait times for a referral were getting rediculously long and were only going to get longer. The long wait time was something that I was not looking forward to. We were possibly looking at a wait time AFTER our paperwork was finished and sent to China and approved of possibly 2-3 years. The paperwork alone can take a few months to get finished and sent off to China. The wait time is so long now that some of the government documents that are needed for the adoption have been expiring before referrals have been coming. That causes extra cost because they need to be re-filed. China has also raised their fees. And well, lets face it, money is definitely an issue. To top it off, a flight from China with a confused, scared toddler. That's no picnic for anyone and was something else that I was not looking forward to. The other countries that we are looking at, at least some of them have shorter travel times and fewer time zone changes. So, while I'm sure we would still be very tired, at least the flight wouldn't be as long.
Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for all of the sweet comments and well wishes. We are doing ok and just have to keep our minds and hearts open to other options.