Really...it has been 14 months of official waiting. And as I think about it I realize it has now been 2 years since we officially started this process. Wow. I am so glad we had the foresight to start when we did. Jack was such a peanut (9months) when we started, but I remember thinking that it would make for a good age difference between he and our daughter. I do think that is still true, but the wait is wearing on me. Some days I do really well with distracting myself. And for a while I wasn't on edge about it, knowing it wasn't time. Then last week with all this talk about the upcoming court closure, my mind is on things much more. I really feel like we are incredibly close so whenever the phone rings my heart skips a beat. The other day the pediatric office called and said "Is Jennifer there?". I responded with a very excited, "Yes, this is!". She must have thought I sounded like a nut, because then she said "This is Katie from Pediatrics...Drew's culture was negative". Oh. Anyway, that is what it has been like lately.
The agency is hopeful that anyone who receives a referral by the end of this week will pass court in Ethiopia before the court closure. Our specialist has said "You are soooooooo clost. We just need a bunch of referrals. It is going to be a close one." AHHHH!!!! So, now I need to work on accepting, once again, my lack of control in this process. It is very likely we will hit the court closure and have an extra 2 months added to our wait to travel to our daughter. Now I am focusing on just receiving the referral and all that that means: we will know who our daughter is, we will be able to see her photo, we will know her health and social history, we will know she is safe and being cared for at the care center, we will KNOW.... I will hang on and hope that the next blog post is "the post"!!
Here are some recent photos of us enjoying the lake. As you can see, we will need to find a new name for the boat! Next summer for sure!