So something else noteworthy happened this weekend.
First, a little backstory, I was told when we applied to the Holt Thailand program that it was a very small program. It's my understanding that only about 20-25 children are referred from Thailand through Holt each year, and that includes families adopting from the US and several European countries.
After being accepted into the program, I went on Facebook and the message boards and had a great time connecting with other parents in this program across the US--most of whom are also new to the program, are waiting for travel to bring home their kiddo, or have brought their child home in the last year or so. I kept asking around to see if anyone lived at all near me. Would my child ever be able to play with another THAI child? I found a Thai adoptive family an hour north and one an hour south. Someone mentioned another family near my town but the details were mushy.
This last Saturday during our sale, a woman on a bike (wearing a helmet-good job) rode up to our sale with a kid trailer and a couple kids on bikes. I halfway noticed her see our sign that said "100% of profits will go to our Thailand Adoption." She walked straight up to me and said "Who are you adopting through?" I told her and her jaw dropped. She then introduced herself and her 3 adorable children, ages 9, 5 and 4. Two of whom, girls 9 and 4, were adopted through Holt Thailand. She just kept saying "It is SUCH a small program! I can't believe this!" We talked for a few minutes about adoption stuff, and I'm even going with her to an adoptive moms' night out next week. Then she said, "Do you know where I live? In that house right there." People, she lives RIGHT BEHIND ME. If I stand up from this computer and look out the window I can see into her kitchen--not that I'm spying on you, J. ;) I was practically shaking!
Why did we choose Thailand? I've never had a really specific answer for that, other than we prayed about it a lot, I felt it in my gut and we just decided it was the best choice for us. Now we have a family about 20 yards from our back door who have walked through the EXACT journey we are on--twice--who are thrilled to share their story with us. Our kids will be different ages, but we will have a Thai connection (very) nearby. I'm thinking that Carson, Sydney and Peanut may have a Thai babysitter someday soon. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! Uh, yeah. Feels a lot like confirmation to me!