Okay, not literally. But, after 6 months/8 days, our dossier is on it's way to our agency, AWAA, for one last look before they send it off to Ethiopia next Friday.
We received our I171-H today at 5pm. (The last bit of paperwork needed to finish the "paper pregnancy") and by 5:30 our dossier was on it's way... I don't waste any time:)
I had to get a few shots of us at the Fed Ex office. Thankfully the sweet girl behind the counter was willing to take our pictures and deal with my obsessive/compulsive behavior regarding the dossier. I think I had a somewhat visible stamp across my forehead that read, " Don't mess with me! These papers are bringing our baby home!"
The countdown has begun for our referral for our baby/babies. We are super thrilled, beyond words!
On one hand, it's hard to believe that we will be looking at a picture of our baby in 4-6 months. On the other hand, it feels like we've been waiting forever.
One thing that the Lord has been teaching me on this journey is to trust in Him. To have faith. To be patient. These are muscles that I'm having to work out EVERY day. I would not want to be in any other space than where He has me right now.
One of my favorite scriptures is, Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
My hope is that I will become successful in having all 3 of these attributes throughout the whole process of our adoption.
So, it's official. Because of where we're at in this process, I feel like we can now officially say that we're pregnant. We're coming baby!