13 months have passed since our Dossier (adoption paperwork) was mailed to Ethiopia.
In the past 13 months we have moved from #41 on the "unoffical" waiting list to number 3 overall as well as #3 on the baby girl list. Our agency anticipates that we can expect a referral sometime between 12 and 15 months DTE (the date our Dossier was sent to Ethiopia 09/19/10).
So... since we are within that range we are praying we receive the picture of her sweet face any day.
How does the referral go down you might ask? Well... it will look a little like this:
When we receive that beautiful "703" area code phone call I will try not to pass out or cry so hard I can't hear our case-worker. Once I settled down enough to hear "This is Caitlin...this is your referral call" I will ask her to 3 way call Tim. She will tell us about our baby's social story, her health, and her age among other facts. Our case-worker will then email us her picture/s, paperwork, and ask us to review it and make our decision to either:
A: accept the referral or
B: decline (yah, like that would ever happen). :)
THEN I will either:
A: pass out,
B: call off for the rest of the day so I can call EVERYONE I know,
C: cry and PRAISE GOD because HE hears my deepest prayers AGAIN,
D: a combination of all of the above (most likely scenerio).
When you pray tonight...please remember little Aerie Paige and pray that wherever she is that she feels our love, that God holds her while we can't. Also please remember the other 143 million orphans that are waiting on a Mommy and Daddy too.
Then ask yourself... "How might God want to use me to make an impact in 1 orphans life?"
If I can help answer any of your questions, please ask me. I love to talk about caring for these little ones.
Praying for bright days ahead,
Angi & Tim