Hurry up and wait

The life and times of a single woman raising a very energetic, smart, funny and exhausting toddler.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I Got IT!!!!!!

I finally got my referral!!  I got a phone call while I was in a meeting that I should go check my email.  When I opened my email and saw that beautiful face I couldn't stop crying (and calling/emailing everyone I know).  I am not a good writer and there are really no words I can think of describe what it is like to finally get the photo and information.  It's real now.  There is a 9 month old baby girl just waiting for me to come get her.  It's now just a matter of time to start painting the room, decorating and packing to go to Ethiopia!  Of course, it's that matter of time that is going to be so excruciating.  I have to wait for my court date first.  That can be anywhere from 2 to 4 months or longer from now.  And I have no idea when I will get that date.  And as of now it is looking like I will have to travel out to Ethiopia for that date.  This is a change from the original guidelines, I think it is a good one, but its now something else to think about without being able to do a lot of planning ahead of time.  Once I pass court I am the official parent of this little girl and will be able to post her beautiful picture!  There is then at least 2 more months before I can go out there to bring her home.  I am a project manager.  I plan things.  With timelines and milestones and set dates.  This unknown timeline is driving me crazy!!  I just want to hold her little hands and touch her sweet cheeks and be her mom.  Now!


Xander and Alana Cole-Faber said...

Congratulations! I will never forget the day we got our referral. It was magical. I wandered over here from the listserv and just wanted to wish you luck. I found the wait to court to be the worst part. My suggestion would be not to put your life on hold while you wait like we did, because I felt like it just contributed to the disappointment when we were repeatedly delayed. (Although I hope you won't be!) Keep doing the things you like to do, don't cancel plans, don't mark off the days on your calendar, and enjoy your single time as much as possible. Congrats again!

Katy said...

Congratulations! I am so so happy for you. I am also a planner and felt so much uncertaintly dissapear once we got our referral. Best feeling ever. I hope you bring her home very soon, and that I get to meet her someday.

Staci said...

Congrats! We are working with Dove Adoptions and just got a referral for a little man March 25th. We haven't gotten our court date yet but hopefully soon... Good luck Mama!

Rachael said...

Yay! So happy for you. I can't wait to meet your little girl :)