I had imagined this really cute post with a picture of our computer screen showing the email... and of course my camera battery died while I was taking pictures... and the extra battery apparently never got charged up either. Oh well... who cares because:
WE ARE OFFICIALLY ON THE WAIT LIST!!!!
I can't begin to say how excited we are! It feels just like when we found out we were pregnant (okay, maybe more like when we found out about Riley... Allyn was a bit more shocking and it took a little while before we were ecstatic about it. heh heh).
Here is the deal, because I know you all are wondering: we will probably wait about 10 months for a referral. A referral is a name, picture, and all the info they have on a particular child. We have asked for a child born after August 2009 so that he'll be at least a year younger than Allyn. We've also said we are open to correctable medical conditions so our next step is to go through a big list and say which conditions we feel we could handle. Because of this, we could be approached with an unofficial referral a little earlier if it is a child who has some medical needs.
Then it will probably take 4-6 months from the time of the referral until we actually get to bring the baby home. There will be two trips to Ethiopia during that time. The first one for our court date (and we're still thinking of maybe bringing Riley with us on that trip) and the second trip is to bring him home!
Our prayers tonight are just ones of praise! Thank you God for getting us this far on the journey and for the opportunity to do this. We've learned so much about ourselves in the process and are so glad that God's continually challenging us and making us more like the people He wants us to be! And we pray for this child, who feels so real to us today... we pray that he can somehow feel that there is a family on the other side of the earth who loves him so much already!