I’m going to be a father!

Well, it’s been nearly three years in the making but it looks like Heather and I are going to be parents. We heard back from the part of the adoption process called "The Match Committee". This is a group of social workers who get together to decide whether they think a certain family is a good match for a certain child. We got a last minute surprise as well. Another family was being considered. So we did a great deal of prayer and I know many of our friends and family were also praying and it turns out we were selected. Although we are told the emotional roller coaster isn’t over yet it feels like a victory because this was the last likely place we might be told no.

Next we meet with Kayla’s (the little girl we want to adopt) social worker who, I am told, is going to grill me some more with hard questions about my past but it should all be fine. Then we should be able to start meeting with Kayla for short visits within a few weeks.

I’m going through all of the emotions one would expect. I’m worried that I won’t be a good father. I’m worried she won’t like us. I’m worried about all the bad influences I want to protect her from until she has grown the strength to know right and wrong and want to choose right. But, at the same time there is a peace. I know I have wanted a child for a long time and that I will do my best for her. I know there will be good times and bad. That’s part of life. I guess I kind of feel like any expectant father might. Except, of course, that I get to actually talk and communicate with my child from day one which relieves me to no end. I sure hope Kayla likes (or learns to like) long trips and longer conversations.

It’s nice to see how happy the rest of the family is and how supportive everyone has been. I think mom might actually be more excited than me (no, not really, I know I’m even more excited, I’m just quieter about it <grin>).

About Michael Wigle

I am a servant of Christ who is married and has two children and one grandchild. For employment, I am the IT Manager and the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. I also have a wide variety of interests from economics to politics to caving.
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