Long awaited visit

Quote of the day:
“We abandon the most important journey of our lives when we abandon desire. We leave our hearts by the side of the road and head off in the direction of fitting in, getting by, being productive, what have you. Whatever we might gain–money, position, the approval of others, or just absence of the discontent itself–it’s not worth it.” John Eldredge

Yesterday we visited Casa Kiwi http://kiwicasabucuriei.ro to meet with friends who mediate in adoption processes and more. We had a very encouraging meeting, with good advice and guidance. We need to start the preparation process here in Cluj. Though we wish we could do it through Casa Kiwi, it is in a different county and thus different jurisdiction. After we get our papers in a folder and submitted, the maximum time to get certified as adopting parents is 4 months. After that we can be matched with a child or siblings, according to our submitted application. 

The Cluj county doesn’t have a mediating organization like that, to be our advocates with the system. We pray that God will lead the way. The road ahead seems tedious and long, but we’ll take one step at a time. Ask a lot of question and don’t rush or get frustrated. It’s the best we can do.

I finally feel like writing in Romanian, but that makes it harder to blog. Lately I had a hard time writing to the unknown mass of readers, if any out there. Switching back and forth between languages forces me to focus on keeping the languages straight and drains the creativity out of my words.

Also, these past three months have been out of this world, like I was traveling through an eerie forest, with milky fog, naked tall trees, chilling silence and wet cold. I put one foot ahead of another, with my eyes closed at times. It felt like time stood still in the wrong turn of the clock. I know that the ash like nature, the short cold days and the missing sun, after 7 years of California weather, this winter took its toll, but slow and steady I feel more in touch with myself, more alive and focused.

On our 2 hour drive yesterday a family of deer decided to cross the road right in front of us. We had to stop.