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Friday, April 16, 2010

Yesterday was the 16 month anniversary of our Dossier being in Ethiopia.  So the day before, I was so sad.  I knew the day was coming and no call was in sight.  I also had my endocrinologist appointment that morning, that I had scheduled at an appointment in January.  The January appointment was scheduled at the November appointment, and so-on.

At each appointment, as I stood at the front desk to schedule my next visit, I would think, "Well, at least by then we'll have a referral and be closer to getting our baby girl home."  And then when the time for the next visit would arrive, I would be even more disappointed not wanting the reminder of how little control I had over this.

So, on the drive back to pick up my kids from my in-laws on Wednesday, I called Mr. Smarty with the details of the new plan of attack on my hypothyroidism.   Then told him I had to call him later because I thought I was going to cry.

It was as I was changing Baby's poopy diaper getting ready to leave my in-laws, that my cell phone rang in my back pocket.

Now, after 12 months of jumping at every ring, when the phone rings, I would think, "It could be the agency."  But as I was leaning over Baby, and listening to the phone ring in my back pocket, my thought was this: "Why bother rushing.  It's not the agency.  Finish the diaper, then check the caller id."  So I did.

When I checked it, even as I saw the area code, I was sure it was a sales call.

"Hello,"  [When I really meant: why are you calling when you're only rubbing in the fact that you are indeed NOT my agency]

"Kristen?  This is Merrily, with AAI.  How are you?"

"Uh.  Uh.  uh.  I'm good.  Really good, right?  I'm good, right?"

"Well, I would like to talk to you about a baby girl..."

So...long story long, The baby girl whose referral we are gladly and  gratefully accepting is a 1 month old cutie patootie.  Her name is Sorette.  She has loads of little black curls and teeny fingers.   I wish I could show you more, but that will have to wait until we pass court and her last name is the same as ours!

Now, about this weeks rulings and the next steps for our case:  We are now getting our case filed in court.  This should be done in the next 2 weeks.  If it is filed before May 9th, we will NOT be required to travel for the court hearing, only the Embassy date.  We will learn of a court date in a month or two.  I am also praying for our case to pass first time.  Once we pass, we will make travel plans, and likely pick her up a few weeks after court.  Clear as mud, right?

We're so relieved, but still have much to pray about.  Thanks for all the love and congrats!

Oh, and a little family trivia--We got to accept her referral on my dad's birthday!

Still smiling,

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17 Creative People Had This To Say:

Braley Mama said...

praise Him!!! He is so faithful! I am so very happy for you and your family. Praying that your court date passes the first time, too!

Mrs. Bianca said...

Congratulations. I'll continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Such beautiful and elegant fingers, too!

daysgoby said...

SQUEE!!!

care said...

So fun! I'm so happy for you! Will you keep her first name or change it?

Ana said...

Im also praying for you, I wish you the biggest and richest of blessings :)

Michele said...

such wonderful news. Yay! So happy for you and for this baby girl. Pray that all goes will with the paperwork side of things and she is soon in your arms being loved on

danica said...

i have been following your story for a while~i will be praying for your process to go smoothly...and that you will indeed be holding this precious one soon! so happy for you!

danica

Christina said...

Kristen, this is WONDERFUL news! I'm so happy for you. We'll keep you, your family, and baby in our prayers until she's safe at home in your arms.

Teri Lynne Underwood said...

So, so, SO happy for you all!!

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

How awesome!! SO excited for you guys...congrats!! :)

Josiah and Debi Rogers said...

awesome Kris! Congrats to you guys!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Congrats! and you will be in my prayers. I know it is all a bit un-nerving waiting for lots of red tape, when you just want to bring that sweet baby home and give her lots of love. Keep us posted. Jackie

OneThankfulMom said...

I'm so very, very happy for you. God is always good. Your referral couldn't have come any sooner because...well...she wasn't born. How hard it is to trust God, even when we know that He is sovereign. We are weak, but He is strong.

I'm so thrilled to see that you are using AAI - such a great agency.

Lisa

Jacob said...

Yay, yippee yay! Woo-Hoo and praise God! I can't wait to meet her :)
-Stacey

Ferenje Mama said...

What a wonderful tale to tell your little angel when she gets home! Congratulations!

Josh and Kristi said...

Congratulations!!! What a wonderful time for your family. Praying you only have to travel once:)

Kevin D. Hendricks said...

That's awesome. The constant, constant waiting can be intense.

Hang in there as you go through court and wait to travel.