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Onward Christian Soldiers

We heard that there are no little 5-6 year old girls for our family in the region of Valle del Cauca.  So our file is being sent back to Bogota.  We remain on the top of the very high pile of family files, which is good.  We will have another regional assignment soon, and then the customary 30-60 day wait for a referral.  I’ve had high hopes before, but I’m already seeing the very real possibility of only 5 stockings hung by the chimney with care AGAIN. 

God is still on the throne.  He still has our little girl picked out that is perfect for us…. and we are perfect for her.  His timing is also perfect.  (I keep telling myself that over and over.)

Add a comment October 20, 2010

Waiting for the 817 Area Code

We are on day #25 of our 30 day window when our referral call will come.  This is exhausting.  My hot pink cell phone is glued to my body from the moment my eyes pop open until 3:00 p.m.  The call will come from Texas and they are two hours ahead of us… and they stop working at 5:00.  I breathe a disappointed sigh of relief every day at 3:00.  “OK, another day down.  Another day closer to the call!” 

Fridays at 3:00 totally wear me out.  It means I have to wait until Monday morning.  Last Friday afternoon I collapsed on the couch and didn’t recover until Sunday afternoon.  Good grief!  This is like the last few weeks of pregnancy when you’re so tired you’re cross-eyed and frazzle-brained.

We found out this week about some unexpected fees…. to the tune of an extra $1840.  If you’re the praying type, please pray.  If you’re not the praying type…. I don’t recommend adopting internationally.  It’s a faith walk.  But faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.

Hold on, Zaza!  We’re coming for you in November!  Buckle your seatbelt, sweetheart, there’s a ton of love coming your way!  XOXO

Add a comment September 24, 2010

Our FBI Prints are BACK!

WOW!  That only took six business days!  I was expecting W-A-Y longer.  I still have to send them off to West Virginia for the apostille, but still this was one quick return!  Hip hip hooray for the FBI!

One week from today is THIRTY DAYS after our file was sent to Valle del Cauca!!!!!  Our referral could come starting next MONDAY!  Bring it on, baby!

Add a comment August 23, 2010

It Hit Me Today

I’m going to have a five-or-six year old little girl in as little as two-and-a-half months!! Forever!  Not just for the holidays!  She’ll be ours and we’ll be hers FOREVER!  How in the world did God pick us for this?  We have dirty blinds…. and a messy garage… and a car in the driveway that should be in a ghetto…. and sometimes we’re all grouchy on the same day… and there are days when the fridge is empty… and the dog barely gets fed … and we are nerdy sometimes….  and loud… REALLY loud… and late for church… and we lose library books.  I’m starting to think they didn’t ask the right questions during the homestudy, because I’m not feeling real ready for this.

But we have love.  Lots of love and lots of laughs.  And the Lord.  I think that is all we need to be ready.  Three L’s.  I’m down with this.

Add a comment August 11, 2010

New List from ICBF

The list just came out from ICBF with the dates of the latest adoption referrals from Colombia.  It helps us “waiters” to gauge, sort of, when we might expect a referral call.  Oh, that glorious day!  This came out on Feb. 24th, 2009:

Age of Child / Date of Application Approval by ICBF

Child 0-12 months / Sep-2005
Child 13 – 23 months / Sep-2005
Child 2 years / May-2005
Child 3 years / Feb-2005
Child 2 – 3 years / Mar-2006
Child 3 – 4 years / Apr-2005
Child 4 years / Jun-2005
Child 5 years / Jan-2006
Child 4 -5 years / Jan-2006
Child 5 – 6 years / Mar-2007
Child 6 years / Sep-2008
Child 7 years / Sep-2008

The list didn’t change much from December, as the government agencies in Colombia take holidays from Dec. 15th through Jan. 15th.  The red ones are the new ones.  But as you can see for the child who was 6 who went to their forever family…. the family’s approval date was Sept 2008.  OURS IS FEB. 2008!  So when ICBF receives our upgraded age request and makes a note in our file, the CALL COULD BE SOON!  This is good news for us.  I would love to spend July and/or August in Bogota…. instead of Phoenix, but this is not about me… right?!?

I also just figured out that I would be OK with the call coming soon.  I was freaked out about my book deadline, but even if the call came tomorrow, there is enough time for me to finish writing several weeks before we would travel.  That is of course, assuming I could concentrate on writing after receiving the referral call… which is highly unlikely.  I’ll be making lists and shopping and bribing my brother into watching our dog.   But I’m more at peace with the whole deal at the moment. <3

2 comments March 2, 2009

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