We’ve been assigned to an orphanage in Jaipur, Rajasthan that is willing to accept our file! They’ve informed us that it will likely be 6 months or so until we receive a referral for a child. But! This is great news! Since December 2012 we’ve been assigned two orphanages, and both informed us they would not be able to match us with a child. The RIPA in Jaipur is the first willing to place us on their waiting list!
Of course, as with all things adoption-related, there’s a strong element of ‘we hope’. Nothing seems to be certain until it actually happens, but that’s the nature of adoption: entering into the unknown with equal parts fear and trembling, faith and prayer, and, of course, a sense of humour.
If you’re like me, Rajasthan requires a bit of googling. Which is ironic, considering it’s the top tourist destination in India (who knew?). No idea how I missed that. Unfortunately, the interweb is somewhat silent on the topic of Rajasthan adoption. We’re curious to get in contact with other families who have adopted from Jaipur; if you know of anyone, please let us know!
It turns out, Rajasthan is also home to 2 tiger preserves. And the home state of my future brother-in-law (more on that in a future post. Spoiler: we’re headed to an Indian wedding in October!). I’m really hoping that when we go to meet our child, and in the years to follow, we’ll get to explore the cuisine, sites and culture of this fascinating state.
Well, now that we all have a super-touristy conception of Rajasthan, I think my work here is done. I can’t wait until I can share a bit more than stock photos from tourism sites, but for now we’ll just keep learning about Rajasthan and praying for our little one.
As June marks our 2 year anniversary of beginning the adoption journey, we can’t help but reflect on the many ways we’ve been supported. Thank you for praying, wondering, hoping, giving and encouraging us over these past 2 years! Hopefully in the upcoming months we’ll have wonderful news about the little girl or boy who will join our family!