We witness a miracle each time a child enters a life. But those who must make their journey home across time and miles, growing in the hearts of those waiting to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny. And placed among us by God's own hands.

Monday, October 19, 2009


What is WORAP? Waiting on referral adoption psychosis:-) Funny, huh? I have to admit I did not come up with the term, I found it on a forum for our homestudy adoption agency. It is of course not a REAL mental health diagnosis, however, I will add to the humor by specifying some symptoms:

Waiting on Referral Adoption Psychosis (WORAP):

  • The presence of a uncontrollable urge to check your email, blog list, and voicemail every 5 seconds for fear that you may miss some important piece of information.
  • An irrational belief that you have messed up some paperwork and the whole adoption process will fall apart at any moment.
  • A strange sense of all consuming grief every time you see a infant or pregnant mother.
  • Your body has a mind of it's own when you enter a store and find yourself in the baby and toy sections.
  • You experience psychosomatic pregnancy symptoms including emotional spirals, cravings, fatigue, headache, and stomach ache.
  • You nest by creating a list in your head of every tiny possible thing that must be done in the house before your children come home.
  • When you call your insurance company or human resources about adoption benefits they have no idea what they are getting into because you are prepared to battle.


  1. I love this and it is so true!!! We just received our court approval today and I feel so "pregnant" and ready to hold my baby!

  2. I am with you. Is there a pill you can take for this???

  3. too funny! and so true!
    I recommend shopping for baby stuff to cure it, oh wait, that's one of the symptoms!!