"We are made to persist. That is how we find out who we are." (Tobias Wolff)
Despite my creeping depression and increasingly frequent tears, I continued to knit a few things for the children we hope to adopt someday. I made this teddy bear from some Lions Brand Polarfleece from my Aunt Pat (horrible to knit with but super soft) and I'm in the process of an off-white baby sweater of bamboo yarn that I plan to keep for Sam and Sophie.
Maybe, even though my head and heart were losing hope, my hands were holding onto my last bit of it by knitting these items. Because Friday morning we got THE CALL. Yes, the call saying we have been matched with a 7-month-old boy from Ho Chi Minh City. We are excited, somewhat stunned, and a little cautious, since he must pass one more investigation from the U.S. government before we have permission to travel to go get him, hopefully sometime this summer.
Read all about it on our adoption site.
I also had knit an extra knitted rat (while making one for Jennifer) just in case our child was born in the Year of the Rat. But Sam was born last year, which was the Year of the Golden Pig, an especially lucky year, according to the lunar calendar. So I guess I need to find a knitted pig pattern. (Knitted and felted one here and a sewn one from Wee Wonderfuls here.)
Meanwhile, I've been collecting some patterns for cute knitted toys to knit for Sam and eventually Sophie. Feel free to make any recommendations to add to the list.