Whew!! What a crazy holiday season it has been! We knew we were close to a referral, but like I said in the last post, we didn’t know what that would mean for receiving “the call”. Everyday you watch the clock thinking okay, is it too late for referrals to come today? What time is it in Ethiopia? I wonder what the cut off time is?! Then, by 5:00 I decide today is not the day, so we go about your business and look forward to the following day.
New Years Eve came and went. We celebrated with friends and had a great time. We told each other we’ll have our son home in 2015! We spent New Years Day with great friends and decided to watch the movie “Blindside.” It was an awesome, awesome movie!! After the movie ended, around 1:30 in the afternoon, the kids were all playing when my phone rang. I looked down, saw my case workers name, and jumped up to run outside to take the call!! I knew there would be no other reason she would call us on New Years Day. She asked about our holiday, and I rambled about the movie we just watched and how great it is, and that she is calling right after it ended…… blah blah blah.
I have no idea what else we talked about really. The one thing I know is that she said “well, we have your referral!” She proceeded to say something like they don’t have everything ready to send us due to it being a holiday, but they have the essentials and she just couldn’t wait any longer to tell us! Uh huh….okay…..get to some of the info!!! She told me that he is 12 months old and his birthday is Christmas Eve!! Awwwwwww!!!!! She said he is a healthy little boy and simply adorable. After the call, we received the PICTURES and some information about him. We can’t share his picture online until we pass court, but I will say….he is truly adorable! It was an amazing moment as we logged into my email and for the first time laid eyes on our beautiful, beautiful son. The email subject was YOUR REFERRAL!
Aron and I reviewed his information and of course we accepted the referral!! We’ll now begin all the necessary paperwork to continue on with the adoption, prepare for our trips to Ethiopia, and everything else in between, which is a TON! We immediately started figuring out the rooms, who will share with who, switching closets, cleaning out the bonus room, painting his room, and prepping for his arrival! We have a lot to get done in the next 4 months or so, and everyday we will work at completing our list.
Travel – we have to travel twice. What we know is that trip number 1 can be 4-6 months after receiving a referral, but for most families it has been 4 months. We will have about a week or less notice to plan the trip, get our flights etc. so really, there is no planning at all. After the first trip we come home and 6-8 weeks later we return to get him and bring him home for good, again there is no notice and therefore, no planning which is why the travel is so expensive. So, with the travel and the cost increases that just went into effect (in November) we need to get back to fundraising. We’ve been so fortunate to have the help of everyone during this journey. Be on the lookout for our next fundraiser coming soon!
We are thankful, we are excited and we can’t wait to meet our little guy!! Thank you so much everyone for all of your support and encouragement, we appreciate it!!