I read again recently a quote by Randy Pausch, the author of the book The Last Lecture: "The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough."
This really rings true for me. When it comes to the adoption process, and all of the hoops to jump through and the paperwork involved, sometimes it feels like we are trying to walk through a brick wall. Really, though, every piece we do helps us remove bricks one at a time, until they are gone, and we receive the baby we've set out to love and parent. What a hopeful insight to instill some brightness into the waiting.