Sorry about the lack of new toon on the un-suffixed version of the site. Had a busy weekend. Actually finally working on creating a cast page. Something that I started doing back in, oh, 2004 or so, but just never followed through.

Main reason for this post (and the title) was that yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. And I did something I’ve never done before: I listened to the entirety of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Inspiring stuff, I tell you. Dr. King was a gifted orator, a magnificent visionary, and while the world has continued since, it has been made incomprehensibly worse-off by the loss of his voice.

God bless you, Dr. King.

…and continues…

I don’t know about eloquence, but I’ll give it a shot…

After about three weeks or so of digging out this or that old tax form, lining up our references, and taking general inventory of our lives, we are proud to announce that our formal application is now complete. This morning, Dante and I took a drive out to Bethany to personally deliver it (with a couple of our required reading books) to the office. What a sense of accomplishment!

So, now, we wait (this whole process is a lot of “hurry up and wait” from the sounds of things). Wait to hear that our application has been accepted. Wait for the next batch of forms to be mailed to us to fill out even more questions (hope they don’t take as long as the application). And wait for those of you who were gracious enough to agree to be our references to receive your forms and get them sent back in for us. And then we wait some more. And so it goes.

And in the waiting, I’m thanking God for the beautiful son I have and for my wonderful husband. I’m enjoying the moments I have to spend with them — our last chance to be the three Burkholders. As we anticipate the next child in our family, I am realizing that (once again) our life is going to change irrevocably. And I thank God for this blessing that we have.


…And so, it begins!

Well, this is it. The point of no return. On this day we have finally, at long last, turned in our formal application to become adoptive parents!

Now? We wait.

And wait.

Honestly, I’m not completely certain what happens at this point. Except for the waiting. I know that’s gonna be a major part of our lives for the foreseeable future. But beyond that, I’m really not sure. I do know that we’re in for an interesting time. 🙂

Really not feeling very talkative at this point (long day). Nean’s got a few more details, so I think I’ll let her exercise some eloquence of her own.