Friday, January 27, 2012

Our Dossier is finally sent in!!!

This week has been very exciting on the adoption front. We have sent in our dossier to our agency to be reviewed and translated. We still have one form were waiting on from the US Government, but once that comes we can get it notarized and then send it off to the agency to be translated with all the others. We are so excited to get through this next step. Our information will soon be in DRC and we will be waiting again.

The timeline from this point on is very fuzzy. We will get a referral number (saying where we are in the line of people from our same agency) but it will most likely take 6-12 months before we get a referral. We're anticipating it being on the longer end since we are hoping for a child as young as possible. We know this will be a trying time because waiting is never easy. But God has a plan for our lives and we are going to trust in him and his timing.

Another reason this week was so great is a family from our agency came home with their little girl. She is adorable and we are so happy for them! While in DRC they took the time to take 100's of pictures for other families to give them a small glimpse into their children's lives. It was so wonderful to see our online group light up with such joy. Even people who don't have referrals yet have been in tears looking at the pictures and videos (yes, including me!). We also got to see a glimpse of the orphanage and hear a lot about the guest hose location. We are so excited m for the families that will be traveling soon and can't wait to see more pictures of where we will be traveling in the future.

And now here's his best cheese smile for the camera this morning to make you smile!

Love, April

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year

We had such a wonderful Christmas with family. I'm pretty sure Carson got everything he could have ever wanted from his grandparents, aunts, and uncles. We then had a relaxing family night on New Years getting our master shower finished (we had some floor issues and we had to tear it out and redo it). It looks awesome and I love the pebble floor look we have now.

As we begin this new year we were thinking about all those failed resolutions of years past. We decided that we need to have a goal that we could do together. We have decided our resolution will be "Not stressing out about the adoption process". Hopefully this is a resolution we can finally keep!

We know this year will be trying with a lot of "waiting" waiting for us. But, we know we need to just remember that this will all happen in Gods timing. We are so excited to finally get our referral number (although it doesn't really mean a whole lot in regards to a time line) it will give us something to keep track of.

We have our digital fingerprints this week and then will hopefully get all of our paperwork together and notarized by early next week. Then our dossier will be complete and ready to send off to the agency to be reviewed and then it's off to the DRC. Woohoo!

Thank you to all our family and friends. We love you all and can't wait to see what this New Year brings.