Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kinda Freaking Out

I follow our adoption agency's blog to keep up with news about the Ethiopia program. America World posts a monthly update on the number of referrals that have been processed that month for various age groups. Yesterday they announced that already during the month of November SEVEN referrals for infant males have been sent to families. That is a lot. And the wait time for an infant male referral has been reduced to 4-6 months. (It used to be 7-9, then was reduced to 5-7, and just keeps getting shorter!)

Whoa! Hang on a second! Four months??? Our DTE (Dossier to Ethiopia) date was 8/19. Four months means that it is feasible that we could receive our referral in as little as a month from now. Oh. My. Goodness.

Don't get me wrong... That is exciting news, indeed. But it's kinda like thinking that you are only in your second trimester of pregnancy then unexpectedly finding out that you are actually in your third. The baby is coming much sooner that you had anticipated.

I am overwhelmed by how much we have to do. We need to get moving on plans for Little Brother's bedroom and get Madeline ready to move up into a big girl room. I've got to figure out what we are going to do with all the STUFF in the spare bedroom. I need to starting thinking about what baby things I am going to need. And oh-so-important things like cleaning the carpets and weeding my overgrown garden. Oh yeah, and a name. We still need a name for him. Oh dear me...

But really, none of this stuff matters. If we got a call today, I would be out-of-my-mind delighted. (Well, after I got over the initial shock anyway.) I know that we have a community of friends and family who would help us with every need. It's not a picture-perfect nursery and a weed-free garden that is important. All that matters is bringing home our little boy as soon as possible from the orphanage that he will be in. But we had probably get to work on the name thing. I don't think we can put "Little Brother" on his adoption certificate.


Julie said...

SOOO Exciting that you could see Little Brother's face by Christmas!!! It's so fun getting ready for that new little one to come home. Hope you see your little one's face soon :)

The Short Family said...

that's so exciting!!!
praying for you guys

Hollands said...

4-6 months! Wow, that is great for families waiting for baby boys! Don't worry--you'll get everything done that HAS to get done. No matter how long you wait, there will always be more that you would like to get done, so just go with it. And have fun!

The Young Family said...

I could just gobbly you and your excitement right up! You are too cute! So happy and excited for you...and can't wait to haer your news!!!

E.T.'s Mom said...

Oh how wonderful! What a blessing.

Tia said...

Congrats! This is definately an exciting time! Don't stress too much over the name right now. His ET name may provide some help. For example I had a name all picked out until I saw the name 'Eden' on my baby's profile. Loved it! And she is sooo an Eden now. Name hunting can also give you something to do to pass the time between referral and court. Congrats again!

Gillian said...

Hee!! Precious!! Picturing sweet you in your garden with a beautiful baby swaddled on your back Ethiopian-style!! He'll feel right at home!! :)What joyful news! We'll be praying that God is completing the preparing your hearts and spirits for this new season part as you dive in to preparing place for baby.
Call me/or email --REALLY--if you need a buddy to get things organized, thought through or done--would love the fellowship and anticipation of it!!
LOVE to you,precious one.
We are praying God is making baby boy ready too!
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." Prov 16:3
"Praise be to the Lord, for He has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song. The Lord is the strength of His people, a fortress of salvation for His anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever." Psalm 28:7-9
Get your praise on as you roll up those sleeves :)!!Blessings!!
Grace and Love,