I just wanted to drop in and say a quick thank you to those of you who have left sweet comments or emails lately, letting us know you are praying for us. They truly mean more to me than you could ever know. And I truly feel like I can feel them. I know, without a doubt, that there is NO way I could be this calm and collected about the pure craziness that is adoption, on my own. There is without a doubt some divine intervention goin’ on in me. There are SO many ups, downs, highs, lows, twists, and turns, tunnels of darkness and rays of sun shining bliss when it comes to adoption…and life for that matter. Even since my last “I’m going to Korea!!!” post, things have made several loopty loos and I need ….. yes, you guessed it, more prayers. Does this constitute me as a prayer hog? I’m so terribly sorry, honestly.
I haven’t written much in the past few days because there are some privacy issues regarding the adoption as well and honestly, it is ALL that is on my mind. I’m so excited about going to Korea that I’m having tons of trouble sleeping!! So, I lie there in bed praying. For my family, for me, for Ruby-Grace, for her foster family, for her birth family, for her country. I’m sure God definitely knows my voice now-as if He didn’t before-and might possible try to pretend to be asleep whenever I start “calling”… again. Poor God. Has anyone ever thought they are SO thankful they aren’t God?! What a job! Especially when you’ve got me as a kid! I digress… and kid. SO thankful that God is a God who LOVES me unconditionally and ALWAYS wants to talk to me!
In preparation for the trip, I have been sewing Miss Ruby some clothes for her care package and gathering some other gifts for her and her foster family. There is no way to put all the love and gratitude that we have for Ruby and her foster family in a box, but I’m making a HUGE attempt to squeeze as much of it in as I can! I made a few desperate emails to two incredibly kind ladies yesterday BEGGING for some items, like, immediately. And like an answer to my prayer, both assured me the items would arrive in time for travel. Once they come in, I plan to talk more about the items and what they mean to me, not to mention how AMAZING these two women are. I definitely would recommend shopping with them! … More on that later.
I. Am. Ready. To. Get. On. The. Plane! I am NOT ready to leave my Perry or Justin. But, I also have a few tricks up my sleeve to let them know I am thinking of and missing them too. There’s a pretty good chance I’ll be gone over Easter this year. Thankfully, my sister’s pretty handy with a DSLR! And I’m going to work on a Skype account tonight. I think that will be super duper fun.
Oh- that tiny little thing called a Passport. It is supposed to be here tomorrow, per the sweet lady on the phone last night. I’ve only left maybe twelve voice messages at the National Passport Center. I wish (and I’m SURE they wish) I was kidding.
Packing- I hate packing. And, I’m not really good at it. I just never know what to bring. I’m totally going minimal for this trip though. Less is More. AKA- I also have to actually carry all the crap I bring because Justin won’t be there to do it for me. Gag.
A 17 hour flight? Normally, the thought of that would already have me doubled over in an I’m going to be sick stance. Right now? I am SO ready for 17 hours of nothing. Ahhhhh….. Bring. It. On. What I’m scared to death about? The pain I have in my sciatic nerve. (I’ve had a bulging disk in my back from a fall I took about a year and a half ago that puts pressure on my nerve.) The pain is always there, but quafriplies when I sit for a long time. I will be certainly be packing some pain meds.
I can’t think of anything more to say. If you are still reading this, you clearly are not ADD. :) Go you!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Our Adoption Timeline
- June 19, 2011- We are officially "Paper Pregnant!" We have submitted our Waiting Child Application to Holt!
- July 5, 2011- Submitted our formal Home Study Application to Villa Hope
- September 6, 2011- Submitted all of our paperwork for our Home Study
- October 8, 2011- Completed our First Home Visit
- October 17, 2011- Completed our Second Home Visit
- November 14, 2011- Home Study Approved
- December 1, 2011- Filed our I600a
- February 1, 2012- I600a Approval Letter