- MIA (missing in action)
- TMI (too much information)
- LOL (laugh out loud)
- PDA (public display of affection)
- BFF (best friend forever)
- FYI (for your information)
- and of course the infamous...PMS (do I really need to type it?).
We've learned a new 3-letter acronym that holds special meaning to us now...DTE.
Before this journey, I would've asked the same question some of our friends have asked. "What in the world is DTE?" These incredibly simple letters indicate an extra special commitment we've made to a child/children half-way across the globe. Our "Dossier" is en route "To Ethiopia". You can be sure that we'll be tracking it as it makes it's way across the United States, over the Atlantic ocean, past Europe and find it's home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It also indicates that the lion's share of paperwork required for our international adoption has been completed. A huge burden has been lifted from our shoulders. Although an immediate burden has been lifted, we feel a bit like Neil Armstrong must have as he stepped on the moon, and said these infamous words, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Although he spoke with such calm conviction, I can only imagine feeling the immense weight of what he was doing...
We are told that our wait is 4-6 months. At the end of this wait, we'll receive our referral which will include a picture of our baby/babies, as well as their medical history, age etc. To think that we'll have a picture of our baby in such a short time is surreal. We are eager. We're excited. We are hopeful.
Our hope, of course, is in our Lord. Who from the beginning of time knew exactly which children (both bio and adopted) would be ours... and at what perfect time they would join our family.
Now we wait.